SONIC GENERATIONS OF SKATE CONTEST

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SONIC GENERATIONS OF SKATE CONTEST
VENICE BEACH, CA
PHOTOS BY DAN LEVY
OCTOBER 22, 2011

For the 20 year anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog game from Sega, ASA entertainment teamed up with the makers of Sonic and Sega to put on a vert contest in Venice Beach, CA. The concept was to bring together skateboarders from three different age ranges to compete in Sonic Generations of Skate.

CONTEST RESULTS:

First Place: Tony Hawk (first generation), Andy Macdonald (second generation), Mitchie Brusco (third generation)

Second Place: Kevin Staab (first generation), Sandro Dias (second generation), Paul-Luc Ronchetti (third generation)

Third Place: Steve Caballero (first generation), Pierre Luc Gagnon (second generation), Elliot Sloan (third generation)

Fourth Place: Sergie Ventura (first generation), Lincoln Ueda (second generation), Adam Taylor (third generation)

The disciplines by which the teams would be judged included High Air, Best Trick, Individual, and Doubles.  The doubles ended up turning into triples a few times and it was epic.

There were a ton of highlights throughout the day including Sandro Dias landing the first 900 in Venice Beach History.  It was a bit surreal to see this level of skateboarding just paces away from where skateboarding cut its teeth on the unforgiving proving grounds of the now defunct concrete stage known simply as The Pit.

Speaking only in terms of skateboarding, the historical merit was undeniable, and as far as disciplines go this group of skaters are the top elite of modern-day vert skating. While the vert session was going off, the session in the pool at the Venice Skatepark adjacent was heated as well.

This was not a contest with a huge prize purse, yet it didn’t stop the skaters from pushing their own limits. Mitchie Brusco landed his first ever kickflip varial 540 during the best trick contest and everyone went nuts. Elliot Sloan added to the madness with a 720 tailgrab.  Sergie Ventura threw up a 50/50 body varial to switch 50/50 to fakie.  Tony Hawk pleased the crowd with his signature ollie 540 and a kickflip McTwist.  During the doubles/triples section Mitchie, Tony and Andy went for synchronized 720′s and almost pulled it.

It was another great day in Venice Beach skateboarding history. It’s kind of crazy to think that Sonic the Hedgehog by Sega is 20 years old and is still as exciting to kids today as it was for us kids 20 years ago. Props to ASA and Sega for throwing a great event. For more information on Sonic Generations of Skate visit www.sega.com/sonicskate.

MAY 28, 2011 – BONELESS ONE – A TRIBUTE TO JEFF PHILLIPS


MAY 28, 2011 – BONELESS ONE – A TRIBUTE TO JEFF PHILLIPS – Vert Ramp and Mini Ramp Jam at Overground Skatepark, 2117 S. Ervay St., Dallas, TX from 12-6pm. It’s time to pay a long overdue tribute to the one and only Jeff Phillips. Pro riders include: Rune Glifberg, Jake Brown, Pat Duffy, Al Partanen, Peter Smolik, Neal Hendrix, Jeremy Holmes, Alex Perelson, Christian Hosoi, Darren Navarrette, PLG, Sean Sheffey, Chris Gentry, Jon Comer, Mike Crum and more. Ticket price is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more info go to http://www.overgroundproject.com

DEW TOUR ADDS CONCRETE BOWL CONTEST

CONCRETE course elements, new designers, BOWL CONTESTS and ocean city added to 2011 DEW TOUR

CONCRETE COURSE ELEMENTS, NEW DESIGNERS, BOWL CONTESTS AND OCEAN CITY ADDED TO 2011 DEW TOUR

Tour Announces Schedule and Host Cities

Burr Ridge, Ill. – The Dew Tour announced that, in an effort to enhance skateboarding for the 2011 season, all skate street courses will include concrete elements. The Dew Tour is in talks with renowned design and building groups to collaborate in this effort, including California Skateparks, a leader in developing high-quality, custom skateparks.

The 2011 Dew Tour will kick off in Ocean City, Md., the tour’s first beach front event. The circuit will continue on to Portland, Ore. in August, Salt Lake City in September, and return to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Dew Tour Championships and Dew Cup awards ceremony in October.

“I am looking forward to skating new and improved Dew Tour courses,” said Mountain Dew skate athlete Paul Rodriguez. “I think it’s great they’ve decided to change up the contest, and it should definitely help to showcase everyone’s talent.”

Each stop of the circuit will feature a different mix of disciplines and specialty competitions, exposing every market to fresh experiences. New for 2011, Ocean City and Portland will offer an additional skate bowl contest.

Raising the stakes this year, the prize purse has increased per event along with the year-end bonuses.
The full Dew Tour schedule features multi-sport events at each of the four stops, including skate street and vert. Over the course of the tour, athletes will compete to accumulate points based on their individual event finishes, each vying for the most overall points and the title of Dew Cup champion.

The complete 2011 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:

Event Date Location
Dew Tour at Ocean City July 21-24 Ocean City, Md. – Ocean City Pier
Dew Tour at Portland Aug. 11-14 Portland, Ore. – Rose Quarter
Toyota Challenge Sept. 8-11 Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena
Dew Tour Championships Oct. 13-16 Las Vegas, Nev.

Entering its seventh year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2011 Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the five disciplines. The 2010 Dew Cup champions include Chaz Ortiz (skateboard park), Pierre-Luc Gagnon (skate vert), Daniel Dhers (BMX park), Jamie Bestwick (BMX vert) and Brandon Dosch (BMX dirt).

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Dew Tour
The Dew Tour consists of four major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, more than $2 million in event and bonus purses at year-end based on overall tour standings. The Tour features skateboarding (street and vert) and BMX (park, vert and dirt) along with skateboard bowl, surf and freestyle motocross. At season’s end, the overall points leaders in the five disciplines will be crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. As part of an Alli property, key lifestyle elements complement the competitions at each Tour event including the Festival Village, specialty competitions, and live, cutting-edge music. The Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports with additional competition and lifestyle broadcasts on MTV, MTV2 and USA. The Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, and internationally on Eurosport, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel and Allarco Superchannel. The Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), Toyota, Nike 6.0, Ball Park, JC Penney, Paul Mitchell, PlayStation®, PowerBar and MyPlash. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.

Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, is a global business that encompasses national and international action sports tours and events, multimedia production, and a consumer-facing lifestyle brand. The Alliance includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Alli Productions, which creates original content, produces and presents content with partners and distributes Alli content through a variety of channels. Alli is owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.