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Danny Mayer Wins his First Professional Skateboard Vert Contest

06-02-2009 07:37 PM CET | Sports

Press release from: ASA Entertainment

Kings Island witnesses Simon Tabron winning the ASA Action Sports World Tour BMX Vert Title

KINGS ISLAND, Cincinnati (May 24, 2009) – The finals of the ASA Action Sports World Tour’s (ASA ASWT) Kings Island event presented by BFD.com delighted park visitors with shows that pushed the limits of everyone’s expectations and crowned champions more than deserving of recognition. After months of placing second to Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Canada), Danny Mayer (Omaha, Nebraska) took top honors this weekend in the Skateboard Vert contest and claimed what was his first-ever professional competition title. BMX Vert’s Simon Tabron (Newquay, England) also took the top podium spot with a smile across his face that is classic Tabron and reminiscent of the champion fans have known him to be.

“I’ve had so much fun this week,” said Tabron after the contest. “Being here and winning [at Kings Island] has been great.

Tabron entered the BMX Vert contest as the number one qualifier and in the envious position of being the last rider to compete, both an advantageous position and sometimes a curse.

“I had planned to do everything in my first run,” said Tabron, describing today’s strategy. “I was prepping for all my tricks, including the 900, but I lost so much speed on the early walls, that I would have wrecked had I tried it. So, I just thought that the first run is the one I have to drop and I have to nail everything in my last run.”

Placing outside of the top three in the first round, Tabron realized he had to be spot on in his last run to win. At that point Chad Kagy (Gilroy, Calif.) was in the lead with Jimmy Walker (Gilberts, Ill.) in second and Denver, Colorado’s Jay Eggleston in third.

“I had to revise my plan and do what was necessary to win, even though I was draining in the day’s heat.” Tabron said. A near perfect 900 amidst an extraordinarily solid run was enough to propel him to the lead and the title. Rounding out the top three were Kagy and Walker, second and third respectively.
Skateboard Vert contestants were not going to let the BMX men outdo them in excitement so they turned out a performance that kept fans glued to the sidelines with new tricks, a few crashes and a new winner on the ASA ASWT podium.

From the first run everyone could tell it was going to be more than just a contest. The top five men after the first round – Gagnon, Mayer, Josh Stafford (San Diego, Calif.), Rob Lorifice (Encinitas, Calif.), and Zach Miller (Del Mar, Calif.) – laid down impressively solid 10-wall runs, making it a race between the legends (Gagnon and Mayer) and the young guns Stafford (18), Lorifice (20), and Miller (19). Then, Mayer took the lead in the second round with not only his signature kick flip 540, but also a fakie to fakie 540 and the crowd went wild.

Gagnon, as the top qualifier and therefore the last rider in each round of the finals, started his second run by dropping in with a 360 flip but missed his 720 and was never quite able to put it together again this weekend. In fact, after Mayer took the lead with his second run, the top two positions never changed. Mayer emerged the victor, ending the competition by going three for three with his kick-flip mctwist, even after landing on the ramp flat on his back in the third round. Gagnon continued to struggle after dropping in with a 360 flip and therefore watched his streak of 7 ASA Action Sports World Tour Skateboard Vert titles come to an end.

“While I’m disappointed that I missed my run three times in a row, I am happy for Danny. He’s been working hard and skating great and he definitely deserves it,” said Gagnon after the awards ceremony.

Seemingly unaware of the cuts and scraps on his elbows and his stiffening muscles from the hard landing in round three, Mayer bit his gold medal and enjoyed the excitement of his first professional win.

“I’ve won best trick contests, but I’ve never won a competition like this,” realized Mayer. When asked how it feels, he looked at his forearms and showed everyone his goose bumps and said,“This says it all.”

Lorifice took third place in Skateboard Vert followed by Adam Taylor (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) and Anthony Furlong (Tampa, Fla.)

Ancillary activities this weekend included numerous Freestyle Motocross exhibitions by Jimmie McGuire (Lawton, Oklahoma), Brian Foster (Minden, Nev.), and Dustin Nowak (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.), as well as various sponsor attractions to include the BFD.com booth amidst Kings Island’s 15 roller coasters and heart-jolting rides.

BFD.com brings all the excitement and highlights from ASA Action Sports World Tour events to the fans with BFD.com News and behind the scenes happenings, as well as athlete features, forums, blogs and fan video postings. This weekend the site’s booth hosted a raffle to give away four BMX bikes – 2 Hoffman Pro Bikes and 2 Eastern Bikes – to support the Mike Vincent Fight for Sight fund.
Vincent, a former BMX judge present at many ASA events, was severely injured last year when, while riding his bike to work, he was struck by a hit and run driver which resulted in various injuries, including the loss of his sight. After numerous surgeries and much therapy, Mike made his first appearance this weekend, greeting fans and competitors for the first time since the accident.
On June 1st Vincent heads to China to undergo intensive surgery, which is expected to remarkably enhance his chances of regaining his vision. This weekend’s raffle was to help pay for the many expenses associated with trip and the surgery, and Vincent couldn’t have been happier with the outpouring of support.

Accepting any donation with graciousness and appreciation, Mike and his mother were overwhelmed at the more than $3,000 that were raised this weekend which included Steven McCann’s (Melbourne, Australia) check for $800, the winnings for his performance this weekend.

“It was a positive spin to the weekend for Steve,” said Tabron of his good friend’s actions. For more information on the Mike Vincent Fight for Sight fund, visit http://beta.bfd.com/profile/MikeVincentFightforSight/

About ASA Entertainment:
Founded in 1994, ASA Entertainment, LLC is an action sports event, television and content production agency focused on creating and executing customized, turn-key marketing programs that range in scale from grassroots to global. ASA's events, featuring skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, free-skiing, freestyle motocross, snowboarding and music, are broadcast domestically on CBS, Spike, VERSUS, FUEL TV and Fox Sports Net, and distributed during 937 hours of programming to more than 1 billion HH globally via our 32 international broadcast partners. ASA's productions span the spectrum from large, international competitions such as the LG Action Sports World Championships to amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions and mobile tours. As one of the most established organizations in action sports, ASA Entertainment strives to develop premium content around the fastest growing sector of American sports. ASA Entertainment is a member of the Omnicom Group. For more information, visit asaentertainment.com or actionsportstour.com.

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