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The Dew Tour Heats Up San Francisco

By Shannon Stern

Despite the chill in the air, San Francisco was hot this weekend with amazing action sports talent. The Dew Tour brought the Toyota City Championships to San Francisco for the first time this year. This stop included an FMX, BMX Street, BMX Dirt, BMX Street Style, Skateboard Street, and Skateboard Street Style. Not only was the location new, but the Dew Tour added the Street Style contests this year and also brought in notable action sports athletes to compete, including Nyjah Huston, Torey Pudwill, David Gonzalez, Ryan Sheckler, and Chaz Ortiz.


Thursday night marked the first finals of the event, the FMX Triple Threat Final, with Adam Jones coming out victorious. Friday consisted of two Semi Final competitions, one in BMX Dirt and one in Skateboard Street. The BMX Dirt Semi Finals consisted of sixteen riders. That field would later be dwindled down to eight that would make the finals on Saturday. Competing in the Semi Finals was Dennis Enarson, the reigning BMX Dirt Dew Cup winner from 2011. The judges scored each riders’ best two out of their three runs based on their flow, style, speed, how different the run was, and the rider’s approach. At the end of the Semi Finals, Tj Ellis qualified first into Saturday’s Finals with Enarson qualifying in fifth. Moving into the Skateboard Street Semi-Finals with thirty skaters competing, only twelve of those skaters would make it to Saturday’s Finals. Ryan DeCenzo, the 2011 Skateboard Street Dew Cup Champion skated in Friday’s Semi Finals as well as notables Greg Lutzka, Sheckler, Ortiz, Paul Rodriguez, Huston, Pudwill, and Gonzalez. Ortiz qualified first, making it into Saturday’s Finals. While reigning Skateboard Street winner DeCenzo qualified into the Finals, Sheckler and Lutzka did not.


Saturday’s Skateboard Street Finals were a sight to be seen! Not only were the top twelve skaters competing for the chance to be the 2012 Dew Tour Skateboard Street winner and take home the cash prize, skaters, fans in the crowd, as well as television viewers were treated to a performance by Lil Wayne. After going through two heats, six skaters each, the field was narrowed to the top five: Rodriguez, Huston, Pudwill, Milton Martinez, and Felipe Gustavo. After a two song performance by Lil Wayne, the skaters were back at it. Overall, Huston proved he was the one to beat, throwing it down on the course, making him this year’s winner. Pudwill placed second in the competition with Rodriguez finishing third. After the Skateboard Street Finals, it was time for the eight BMX Street riders to take to the course. Competing in this event was five time BMX Street X Games Gold Medalist Garrett Reynolds, Enarson, Chad Kerley, and Bruno Hoffman, to name a few. As the finals pressed on, it was a true battle between Reynolds, Kerley, and Hoffman to see who would take the top spot. Reynolds prevailed, making him the 2012 Dew Tour BMX Street winner with Kerley finishing second and Hoffman placing third. The fun, however, wasn’t over yet. The eight finalists in the BMX Dirt competition took to the course Saturday night. Ryan Nyquist showed his immense talent, landing him in first place and taking the title as the Dew Tour’s 2012 BMX Dirt winner. Rounding out the podium were Ellis in second and Colton Satterfield in third. Immediately following the Dirt Finals, a BMX Dirt Best Trick contest took place. Kyle Baldock took home top prize in the Best Trick contest.


As the Dew Tour came to a close on Sunday, the action was far from over! The Street Style course was an added feature to this year’s Dew Tour, with both BMX and Skateboard competitions happening on Sunday. The sixteen BMX Street Style riders took three runs each with their best run counting.  The judges were looking for the riders to have unique runs and the athletes surely didn’t disappoint! It was a battle to the end where Reynolds took the top spot, Enarson coming in second, and Scotty Cranmer coming in third.


The energy didn’t stop there. The last event of the weekend was Skateboard Street Style. The competition was stacked with fourteen skaters taking four runs each. Each skater’s best run would count. As the competition progressed, the level of skating progressed as well. The competition drew fierce, as it came down to Martinez’s last run to see who would make the podium. Sheckler killed his first run, landing him the title of the Dew Tour’s 2012 Skateboard Street Style winner. Less than one point behind him was Martinez, grabbing second place, and David Gravette placing third.


Sheckler was very psyched on being back at the Dew Tour, his first Dew Tour appearance since 2010. He loved that it was a “new event that has never been done before.” While he describes the rest of his contest season as “horrible,” he stated that it’s a process to compete in and win contests and that he was excited to have his first win in a long time. Even though the contest season may be over, his skateboarding is not. The long awaited Plan B video is still being filmed, with Sheckler calling the process “hard” as it is demanding and something that he has a certain vision for. Sheckler said the video should be out within the next three to four months, something all skateboarding and action sports fans will be looking out for! With this stop of the Dew Tour in the books, fans are eagerly awaiting next year’s contests so they can see their favorite athletes dominating the courses once again.