NEW YORK -- August 10, 2007 -- The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, will host a Snowboard Rail Jam as a specialty competition during the upcoming Vans® Invitational in Portland, Oregon. Ten talented riders will show off their best tricks during the rail jam from 9:15 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 18. The third stop of the AST Dew Tour, the Vans® Invitational, takes place August 16-19 at Portland’s Rose Quarter.
“Some of the world’s best snowboarders competing on a man-made tower in Portland in August, it’s hard to beat that, said Wade Martin, President and General Manager of the AST Dew Tour. “It’s been an amazing event the past two years and we expect this year to be no different”
Local rider Colin Langlois, 26, of Ashland, Ore. is eager to best his third place finish at last year’s Snowboard Rail Jam at the Vans® Invitational. He will have some competition from last years’ second place finisher, 22-year-old Chris Rotax of Monktona, Vt. Coming into this event with a win at the 2007 Vans Cup at Tahoe is 18-year-old Lucas Magoon of Ludlow, Vt. Rounding out the 10-man competition are riders Pat Milberry of Saint Paul, Minn., Jonas Michilot, 19, of Blomington Minn., Silas Stannard, 21, of Tollhouse, Calif., Mike Casanova, 22, of Hudson, Wis., Zac Marben, 19, of Eden Prairie, Minn., Travis Kennedy and Charles Reid.
Riders will begin each run perched atop a 30-foot snow-covered platform and then snowboard down the course to perform tricks on a handrail with ledges on either side. Each rider will be allowed one introductory run, followed by a 30-minute jam session that includes all the athletes. Fans can catch the Rail Jam from 9:15 to 10 p.m. outside the Rose Quarter.
Entering its third year, the AST Dew Tour is the most watched and attended action sports property in the world. Attendance for the 2006 AST Dew Tour totaled nearly 250,000 and an average of 38 million viewers tuned in via NBC and USA each year. The top athletes in the world will take part in this year’s Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup which will be awarded in Orlando at season’s end to champions in each of the six disciplines. The 2006 Dew Cup winners include Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Anthony Napolitan (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park).
The AST Dew Tour
The AST (Action Sports Tour) was created in 2007 to function as the umbrella brand of the organization; the Dew Tour is the AST’s premier professional property.Owned by NBC Universal and Live Nation, the AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, debuted in June 2005 and consists of five major, multi-sport events with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse – the largest in action sports – and an additional $1 million bonus pool based upon year-end standings. NBC and USA Network combine for exclusive AST Dew Tour coverage with the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The AST Dew Tour is distributed in over 230 million homes worldwide and in over 100 countries. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross, and at season’s end, the Tour awards champions in the six disciplines with the Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event include the festival village with video gaming and interactive events, as well as live cutting edge music. The AST Dew Tour returns all of its founding partners including Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); and Panasonic, Right Guard Xtreme, Vans®, Toyota and PlayStation® (event title sponsors). Associate partners include Ball Park, MasterCard, Mongoose®, Slim Jim and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at www.astdewtour.com
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