AST Dew Tour wraps up successful season-opener in Baltimore

AST Dew Tour wraps up successful season-opener in Baltimore

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The AST Dew Tour wrapped up its first event of the 2007 season with the completion of the Panasonic Open on Sunday at the Camden Yard Sports Complex in Baltimore, Md. Panasonic Open event winners included: Ryan Nyquist (BMX Dirt), Ryan Sheckler (SKB Park), Shaun White (SKB Vert), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Nate Adams (FMX), and Daniel Dhers (BMX Park).

The four-day competition drew 54,907 fans, the second largest attendance in Dew Tour history. The five-event AST Dew Tour that features skateboarding (SKB), BMX and freestyle motocross (FMX) will next visit Cleveland with the Right Guard Open July 19-22 followed by stops in Portland, Salt Lake City and Orlando.

Ryan Sheckler launched his bid for a third consecutive Dew Cup Friday by winning the Skateboard Park competition and Ryan Nyquist captured the BMX Dirt event.

Sheckler, 17, of San Clemente, Calif., executed a flawless run and multitude of highly technical tricks en route to an average score of 90.25 to easily outdistance Greg Lutzka of Milwaukee, Wisc., who finished second at 85.83. Carlos De Andrade of Brazil placed third at 81.17.

"It feels great to know that I can still compete with the best skateboarders in the world," said Sheckler, who won the Skateboard Park Dew Cups in 2005 and 2006, the first two years of the tour, and was named Athlete of the Year in 2005. "I worked a lot in the off season to get where I am and I am thrilled that it paid off. I can't wait to do it again in Cleveland."

Nyquist, of Los Gatos, Calif., used a spectacular final run to capture the BMX Dirt title overtaking Cameron White of Australia and Chris Doyle of Pittsburgh, PA. Nyquist finished with a final score of 89.42. White followed close behind at 88.42 and Doyle at 88.25.

Marring the BMX Dirt final was an injury to England's Stephen Murray, who fell during his second run. He was admitted to a local hospital for treatment.

"This feels good and weird," said Nyquist. "I just want to know how Stephen is. I'm really concerned about him. It sucks a lot. I feel really good about winning but I'm just so concerned about him. He hit really hard and I just hope he's okay."

Shaun White, of Carlsbad, Calif., flew to another Skateboard Vert victory, while Jamie Bestwick of England continued his five-event unbeaten streak in BMX Vert on Saturday.

White, an Olympic gold-medal winning snowboarder, scored a 94.25 on his first run in the best of three format to capture the win. He demonstrated why he is the world's most recognized action sports athlete, completing technical combinations and high-flying 720s in his winning run. White has now won three of six tour events he has entered during the last three years.

"Today was crazy," said White. "I've always had dreams of making it this far. I just show up to do my best and this is definitely the best crowd I've seen in a long time."

Placing second was Brazil's Bob Burnquist with a score of 91.00, followed by Andy Macdonald of Boston, Mass. with an 87.50. Baltimore native and hometown favorite Bucky Lasek finished fourth with an 87.50, losing the tiebreaker to Macdonald.

Nate Adams of Glendale, Ariz., continued his domination in Freestyle Motocross, while Daniel Dhers of Venezuela captivated the crowd in BMX Park with both capturing victories in their respective events on Sunday.

Adams, the reigning Dew Tour champion in Freestyle Motocross, scored a 95.67 on his first run in the best of two format to capture the win. He impressed the judges by completing multiple backflip variations during his run. Placing second was Australian Blake Williams with a score of 93.83, followed by Mike Mason of Carson City, Nev., with an 92.17.

"Last year I won the first stop and ended up winning the whole tour," said Adams. "I'm feeling pretty good about winning the Dew Cup again this year. The competition is always tough. Everyone is healthy and at the top of their games right now, so the competition this year is going to be high."

Dhers, a rookie and Dew Cup champion last season, posted a 93.17 to earn the win. This was Dhers second consecutive victory dating back to last season's victory at the PlayStation Pro event.

"There was not really any extra pressure coming into the finals," said Dhers. "I just like to ride for fun, so pressure doesn't really bother me. When I am having fun, everything comes together."

Michael Spinner of Oceanside, N.Y., placed second with a 92.67, followed by Dennis Enarson of La Mesa, Calif., with a 90.67.

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