Posted by:on May 12th, 2008
They offered to send me some pictures from the vert event in China, and I said Sure, I’d check them out, and see how they went over on the site. They were kind of stingy. Pierre-Luc Gagnon won the vert event (2nd – Andy Macdonald, 3rd- Adam Taylor) and Sandro Dias’ 900 won the best trick. I don’t know if there was a street event, all they sent was vert info. You can read the canned press and see the pics after the jump. Who knows, maybe you are curious about what Zhou Qiang, President of Xingyi New Media Investment Company has to say.
Photos: Jamie Bestwick/AST
Vert Winners: Andy Macdonald (2), Pierre-Luc Gagnon (1), Adam Taylor (3) – Apparently they don’t care too much. I’ve never seen such an un-stoked winners podium. Come on, fake a little enthusiasm for the cameras. Somebody’s handlers are going to get fired…
Press from AST:
Pierre-Luc Gagnon Wins the AST China Invitational Skateboard Vert Event,
Sandro Dias Wins Skateboard Vert Best Trick
AST’s First International Event
BEIJING, China – Canada’s Pierre-Luc Gagnon won the Skateboard Vert event and Brazil’s Sandro Dias won the Skateboard Vert Best Trick competition Saturday at the AST China Invitational, AST’s fist international event held at Beijing International Stadium in the Daxing District.
Gagnon, 27, of Canada, executed a flawless run and multitude of highly technical tricks earning an average score of 91.75 to outdistance Andy Macdonald of Boston, Mass., who finished second at 89.50. Adam Taylor of Cocoa Beach, Fla. placed third at 78.50.
“It’s great to back in China,” said Gagnon, who placed third overall in the 2007 AST Dew Tour season. “Everyone put solid runs together, and it’s especially good to see a young kid like Adam Taylor do so well.”
“I’m stoked to be on the podium for the first time at an AST event,” said Taylor. “This is an awesome start to the year and a big step for me. I hope to get more finishes like this throughout 2008.”
Dias, 34, of Brazil, landed the first-ever 900 in China capturing first place in the Skateboard Vert Best Trick competition. Danny Mayer of Omaha, Neb. placed second with a backside 360 kickflip melon followed by Macdonald in third with a nollie heel varial body variel slob grab.
“Landing the 900 was the greatest birthday gift I could give to myself,” said Dias. “I’m looking forward to trying the 900 throughout the 2008 AST Dew Tour season.”
The two-day competition is the first AST international event and features skateboarding (vert and park) and BMX vert. Sunday’s action features Skateboard Park finals and a fan-friendly BMX Vert exhibition.
AST China Invitational Results
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Skateboard Vert Final
1. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canada, 91.75. 2. Andy Macdonald, Boston, Mass., 89.50. 3. Adam Taylor, Cocoa Beach, Fla., 78.50. 4. Sandro Dias, Brazil, 78.25. 5. Alex Perelson, San Diego, Calif., 77.00. 6. Buster Halterman, Wellsville, Pa., 71.25. 7. Anthony Furlong, Tampa, Fla., 61.25. 8. Rune Glifberg, Denmark, 50.25. 9. Jean Postec, France, 43.00. 10. Danny Mayer, Omaha, Neb., 37.00.
Skateboard Vert Best Trick Final
1. Sandro Dias, Brazil, 900. 2. Danny Mayer, Omaha, Neb., backside 360 kickfilp melon. 3. Andy Macdonald, Boston, Mass., nollie heel varial body variel slob grab.
Sunday, April 20
AST China Invitational A Success In Beijing, China
BEIJING, China – The AST China Invitational concluded Sunday, April 20 at Beijing International Stadium in the Daxing District. After exciting competition on Saturday, the skate park finals, scheduled for Sunday, were cancelled due to rain.
“We consider the 2008 AST China Invitational a success,” said Zhou Qiang, President of Xingyi New Media Investment Company. “Great crowds turned out to witness a fantastic skateboard vert competition on Saturday and we’re excited to show Beijing and the Daxing District to the world through the international event coverage. This event has, and will continue to generate Chinese interest in action sports.”
“We couldn’t be more excited with the success of the first-ever AST China Invitational,” said Wade Martin, AST president. “The Chinese organizing committee did a exceptional job and staged a fantastic competition and overall experience for the athletes. We look forward to continuing this great partnership in the future.”
The first of five stops on the 2008 AST Dew Tour will be in Baltimore, from June 19-22 for the Panasonic Open.
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