The Vans Invitational, third event of the AST Dew Tour 2007, was successfully completed on Sunday at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon.
53,592 fans attended the four-day event, with winners including: Dennis Enarson (BMX Dirt), Greg Lutzka (SKB Park), Shaun White (SKB Vert), Adam Jones (FMX), Mike Spinner (BMX Park) and Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert).
Showcasing five events, including skateboarding and BMX, the AST Dew Tour will next visit Salt Lake City with the Toyota Challenge September 20-23 followed by the finale in Orlando in October.
Winning his first AST Dew Tour victory of the season was Greg Lutzka, who topped the Skateboard Park event and 16-year-old Dennis Enarson who beat tough competition to win the BMX Dirt competition. Veteran contender Jamie Bestwick secured a second BMX Vert victory of the year to add to his collection.
In the Vans Invitational Skateboard Park Competition, Lutzka managed to overtake two-time Dew Tour Champion Ryan Sheckler by less than one point in the finals.
Lutzka, 22, of Milwaukee, Wisc, matched Sheckler trick for trick and earned himself an average score of 90.67 to top the leader board.
Sheckler took second place with an average score 89.83 and third place was given to Fabrizio Santos of Brazil with 86.17 points.
Dominating the dirt course from his first run was Enarson of La Mesa, California, who scored 93.17. Being the youngest in his field didn’t faze Enarson, who won his first podium finish after making it to the finals in his discipline for the first time.
Bestwick, 36, of Nottingham, England showed off his tail whip flair (180 back flip with a tail whip in the middle) in his second run, which inevitably sealed his victory with a score of 94.67. Second place went to Simon Tabron with a 92.67 and Kevin Robinson was third with a 92.00 score. Bestwick was ‘stoked’ that he managed to pull it out in that second run and now sits comfortably in first place in the Dew Tour standings with 243 points.
Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White held his spot in the AST Dew Tour competition, winning three consecutive events with a Skateboard Vert victory and Mike Spinner earned his first Dew Tour win in the BMX Park on Saturday. Despite White’s fall during the end of his first run, he climbed his way back in the second run with a final point score of 91.25 and retained his title of being the only athlete on the AST Dew Tour to go undefeated so far this season.
Second and third place went consecutively to Canada’s Pierre-Luc Gagnon at 89.00 and Brazil’s Bob Burnquist at 87.75.
At the BMX Park, Spinner, 19, landed a 1080 (three revolutions) during his second run to secure the victory with a 94.00 score. Dave Mirra and reigning Dew Cup champion Daniel Dhers both fell during difficult tricks midway through their second runs whilst attempting to knock Spinner out of first place. Mirra finished in second with 93.50 and Dhers was third with a 92.33, yet Dhers is still first place in the standings, 55 points ahead of Spinner.
No longer the undefeated AST Dew Tour leader, Freestyle motocross star Nate Adams was beaten by Adam Jones on Sunday evening. Jones, who was placed first in X Games 13 earlier this month, earned a 91.17 on his first run and sealed his victory.
Jones was 96 points behind Adams going into this event, but with his win the gap is shortened to 71 points.
Words: Rosalyn Gomersall