NEW YORK – October 10, 2007 – The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, will host a Wakeboard Rail Jam as a specialty competition with coordination from MasterCraft during the upcoming PlayStation Pro in Orlando, Florida. Ten talented riders will show off their best tricks during the rail jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 19. The fifth and final stop of the 2007 AST Dew Tour, the PlayStation Pro, takes place October 18-21 at Orlando’s Amway Arena.
"With the best riders in the country and largest transportable pool, this is bound to be the featured attraction in Festival Village,” said Wade Martin, President of the AST Dew Tour.
The wakeboarders will compete in a pool that is 102 feet long, 50 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Located in the Festival Village area outside the arena, it will take about four days to build the pool and fill it with nearly 120,000 gallons of water.
AST Dew Tour Rail Jam invited athletes include Shane Bonifay, 23, of Orlando, who recently completed the first ever toeside backside 720 in competition. He will join fellow Orlando competitor Shaun Murray, 31, who is known for his ability to boost huge airs. Bonifay won Best Trick for his move and Murray won Biggest Air at the recent Parks’ Double Or Nothing contest in Lake Wales, Florida. They will join riders Collin Harrington, 25, Josh Palma, 22, and Shawn Watson, 25, both of Orlando. Canadian Aaron Rathy, 19, Australian Brett Eisenhauer, 30, Keith Lidberg, 26, of Twin Cities, Minn., Australian Josh Saunders, 26, and Jeff House, 20 of Lenoir City, Tenn. are among the athletes competing.
There will be two heats with five riders each. Each rider will be allowed three pulls, and the best run counts. The top two riders from each heat advance to the finals, where the best score wins. First place takes home $3,000 out of the total $10,500 prize purse in this World Wakeboard Association sanctioned event.
Currently in its third year, the AST Dew Tour is the most watched and attended action sports property in the world. Attendance for the 2006 AST Dew Tour totaled nearly 250,000 and an average of 38 million viewers tuned in via NBC and USA each year. The top athletes in the world will take part in this year’s Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup which will be awarded in Orlando at season’s end to champions in each of the six disciplines. The 2006 Dew Cup winners include Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Anthony Napolitan (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park).
The AST Dew Tour
The AST (Action Sports Tour) was created in 2007 to function as the umbrella brand of the organization; the Dew Tour is the AST’s premier professional property. Owned by NBC Universal and Live Nation, the AST Dew Tour, the world's premier season-long action sports tour, debuted in June 2005 and consists of five major, multi-sport events with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse – the largest in action sports – and an additional $1 million bonus pool based upon year-end standings. NBC and USA Network combine for exclusive AST Dew Tour coverage with the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The AST Dew Tour is distributed in over 230 million homes worldwide and in over 100 countries. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross, and at season’s end, the Tour awards champions in the six disciplines with the Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event include the festival village with video gaming and interactive events, as well as live cutting edge music. The AST Dew Tour returns all of its founding partners including Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); and Panasonic, Right Guard Xtreme, Vans®, Toyota and PlayStation® (event title sponsors). Associate partners include Ball Park, MasterCard, Mongoose®, Slim Jim and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at www.astdewtour.com <http://www.astdewtour.com/>