When the action starts at Kings Island (near Cincinatti, OH) this Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 – 24th, park visitors will be treated to the best in Skateboard Vert, BMX Vert and Freestyle Motocross as the industry’s top pros gather for the fourth stop of the 2009 ASA Action Sports World Tour presented by BFD.com. This two-day event’s roster nearly mirrors the line-up from the 2008 LG Action Sports World Championships, ensuring that fans will see some of the best tricks, flips and flairs in competition.
In the shadow of the amusement park’s Eiffel Tour replica, Skateboard Vert action will continue to showcase the ‘rivalry’ that has intensified this season between Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Danny Mayer during the prelims on Saturday and finals on Sunday afternoon. These men have placed first and second respectively at ASA Action Sports World Tour events since the World Championships in October 2008, and the gap is closing. Who will prevail this weekend? Their fellow competitors are hoping their own name is called to take the top podium spot. Joining Gagnon and Mayer on the ramp will be Anthony Furlong, Marcelo Bastos, Neal Hendrix, Josh Stafford, Adam Taylor, Alex Perelson, Jean Postec, Elliot Sloan, Zack Miller, Evandro Menezes, Rob Lorifice, Chris Gentry.
When the ramp turns over to the BMX riders, Jamie Bestwick, 5-time and current LG Action Sports BMX Vert World Champion and 2008 X Games and Dew Cup Champion will try to hold off the charge from the field of competitors, including many of the men he met in the World Championships last year. Chad Kagy, Simon Tabron, Steven McCann, Jimmy Walker, Kevin Robinson, Francisco Zurita, Koji Kraft, John Parker, Jay Eggleston,Austin Coleman, Ben Snowden, Tom Stober, and Jorge Jovel will try their best to put an end to Bestwick’s long-standing reign.
Defying gravity and providing the Freestyle Motocross thrills will be Dustin Nowak, Jimmie McGuire and Brian Foster, performing several octane-charged, electrifying shows each day just inside the park’s entrance.
All concerts, sponsor village interactive activities, autograph sessions, and ASA Action Sports World Tour contests are free with a Kings Island admission ticket or a season pass. An expanded fireworks show and skydivers will also be in the line-up on Saturday and Sunday.