GATORADE FREE FLOW TOUR CROWNS FIRST BMX DIRT WINNER IN TOUR’S HISTORY
Past Weekend’s Winners in Skate and BMX Advance to Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in Salt Lake City
Burr Ridge, Ill. – June 14, 2010 – Competitions at Da Compound in Perris, Calif. and Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, Calif. turned out two skate and two BMX finalists from this past weekend’s Gatorade Free Flow Tour contests. Da Compound winners Larry Edgar (BMX dirt) and Daniel Sandoval (BMX park),as well as Ecke YMCA’s winners Brendon Villanueva (skate park) and Jimmy Wilkins (skate vert) have all advanced to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals taking place September 16-19.
Becoming the first-ever BMX dirt winner on the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, sixteen-year-old Edgar of Corona, Calif. earned the victory at Da Compound, setting the bar high with his final run of a 3 tuck, double whip, orbital 360, and 360 whip. Finishing in second and third respectively, Sandoval and Kevin Peraza will also advance to the dirt finals in Salt Lake City. Due to the three-stop schedule of the dirt discipline, the top three competitors from each stop will move on to the Finals in Salt Lake City.
After throwing down to win the competition, Edgar admitted, “Sandoval is always good competition. I’m psyched to go back to Salt Lake City this year for dirt!”
In the BMX park contest, 15-year-old Sandoval clinched his spot in the Finals with a run that included 720 whip, front flip, down whip, flair, and super whip.
“It was a pretty good day,” Sandoval confessed with exhilaration.“I can’t believe I landed my front flip, I haven’t tried one in months – Psyched for the finals!”
Edgar’s previous trip to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals was in 2009, where he competed in BMX park.
“Overall this contest is awesome; it went really well, and it’s sick to see someone getting behind the dirt scene,” said Compound’s Shane Guillen. “It’s dope that Gatorade is stepping up to get kids motivated to compete!”
On Sunday, Villanueva won the skate park competition at Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, Calif.
Fifteen-year-old Villanueva of Poway, Calif. proved he deserved the skate park victory at Ecke YMCA, topping the incredible talent pool with a solid kickflip manual kickflip out and hardflip backside lipslide combination. Bradley Elias came in a close second with Anthony Estrada finishing in third place.
Crediting the other ams, Villanueva said, “I’m really excited to be going back to the finals! It was heavy competition, but I’m glad I won.”
On the vert ramp, Wilkins used his last run to convince the judges he was top am. The 16-year-old put together a mute 540, stale 540, and backside tail with gusto, earning his way to Salt Lake City. Tom Shaar and Joey Hamlisch rounded out the podium.
“I was super pumped to just finally come out to San Diego; I’ve been wanting to skate here forever,” said the Columbus, Ohio native Wilkins. “It’s pretty awesome to win the contest too! I’m looking forward to going back to the finals in Salt Lake City.”
Wilkins was a wildcard skate vert finalist and Villanueva was a park finalist, winning the Fontana, Calif. stop, in the 2009 Gatorade Free Flow Tour.
“Today’s contest was a big success,” said Ecke YMCA’s skate park coordinator Heather Randant. “A lot of talented skaters came out and we were really impressed with the turnout.. Thanks to everyone who came out and participated!”
With the win, Edgars, Sandoval, Villanueva and Wilkins all earn an automatic bid into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals that will take place at the Dew Tour’s Toyota Challenge, September 16-19, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah at EnergySolutions Arena.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Da Compound Results (top 5)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
1. Larry Edgar, Corona, Calif. 2. Daniel Sandoval, Corona, Calif. 3. Kevin Peraza, Tucson, Ariz. 4. Justin “Spanky” Spriet, Murrieta, Calif. 5. Houston Harmsen, Murrieta, Calif.
1. Daniel Sandoval, Corona, Calif. 2. Kevin Peraza, Tucson, Ariz. 3. Chris Rivers, Riverside, Calif. 4. Sam Stebila, Lake Havasu, Ariz. 5. Brad Thomas, Chino, Calif.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Ecke YMCA Results (top 5)
Sunday, June 13, 2010
1. Jimmy Wilkins, Columbus, Ohio. 2. Tom Shaar, Malibu, Calif. 3. Joey Hamlisch, San Diego, Calif. 4. Jesse McDonald, Wilkes Barre, Penn. 5. Cory Juneau, La Mesa, Calif.
1. Brendon Villanueva, Poway, Calif. 2. Bradley Elias, Fresno, Calif. 3. Anthony Estrada, Ontario, Calif. 4. Will Fyock, Encinitas, Calif. 5. Jake Hill, San Clement, Calif.
The 2010 Gatorade Free Flow Tour includes a total of 30 skateboarding competitions (seven skate vert and 23 skate park) and 17 BMX contests (three BMX dirt and 14 BMX park) at 30 parks across the United States. The winners in each of the 45 competitions will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Dew Tour’s Toyota Challenge, September 16-19. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall skate champions and the two BMX champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the final stop of the 2010 Dew Tour season, October 14-17 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors 21 and younger for all skate and BMX disciplines. There is a $15 entry fee, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available ahead of time at gatoradefreeflowtour.com.