June 9, 2005 (Louisville, KY) – Ryan Guettler claimed the first victory at the inaugural Dew Action Sports Tour, Panasonic Open in the BMX Park competition Thursday night in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY. He stole the show nailing a front flip followed by a huge back flip in his championship run to go along with his technical grinds and stalls. Ryan hails from Brisbane, Australia and has taken the action sports world by storm at only 21 years old.
“Thank you all,” Ryan said after his victory run. “This is the best day of my whole life. [The Dew Action Sports Tour] competition is so big, it’s just unbelievable.”
In second place in the BMX Park competition was fellow Australian Steven McCann. He pulled out all the tricks, including a 720 (two full rotations) and multiple bar-spin variations. Third place went to Scotty Cranmer, the youngest athlete in BMX Park competition at only 18 years old. He was the only athlete to attempt to land a front-flip-takedown (front-flip with a twist) in finals competition.
Missing from the finals were long-time BMX icons Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist. Both were knocked out by the talented crop of young athletes with an average age of only 24.
“The Dew Tour is a legitimate contest, it’s not just some show,” McCann said. “It’s a real contest. You never can count [Mirra and Nyquist] out. They’re icons for a reason. They may not have been on top this week but they’ll be back. They let us young guys have it this week.”
In addition to the BMX competition fans were treated to high-flying freestyle motocross and skateboard vert practices throughout the day. All the top athletes were on hand from FMX star Jeremy Stenberg to skateboard veteran Bob Burnquist.
A full day of festivities and family fun could be found in the Dew Action Sports Tour’s Festival Village with interactive activities and gaming.
Competitions will continue through Sunday with the finals schedule below.
Skateboard Park Friday, June 10 at 7:00 PM
Freestyle Motocross Saturday, June 11 at 2:00PM
BMX Dirt Saturday, June 11 at 7:30PM
Skateboard Vert Sunday, June 12 at 1:00PM
BMX Vert Sunday, June 12 at 6:00PM
NBC will air live TV coverage Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are still on sale at Kentucky Expo Center box office,
Ticketmaster locations and ticketmaster.com for only $12. Price of admission gets fans into all competitions, festival village and music concert on Friday and Saturday evenings.