Industry News 8/21/2006

Monster Energy Skaters Tear It Up @ Vans/Portland Round Of 2006 Dew Tour

Monster Energy Skaters Tear It Up @ Vans/Portland Round Of 2006 Dew Tour
CARLSBAD, Calif., (Aug. 21, 2006) – Monster Energy Drink dominated the podiums in both the skateboard Vert and Park competitions at the Dew Tour Vans/Portland stop this past weekend, scoring three out of the possible six podium spots.
Leading the way in the Park comp was newly acquired Monster Energy skater Jereme Rogers. The Boston native combined some highly technical rail, ramp and deck tricks with good speed and flow to take the silver medal. Rogers, who was 5th overall in the Dew Tour series Park standings last year, moved up to 2nd place in the standings this year with his effort at Portland.
Also returning to the podium in the skate Park comp was Monster Energy’s Greg Lutzka. Last year’s runner-up in the Park competition, Portland was Lutzka’s first podium finish of the year. With the effort he moved into the top 15 in the standings (13th).
On the Vert ramp France’s Jean Postec came on like a hurricane, qualifying in 3rd and holding that position in the medal round. His vert ramp routine included a nice mix of airs and flip tricks – all of which he rode out through the entire run. Noteworthy: Postec overcame both food poisoning and a gnarly crash in prelims to score his first Dew Tour medal ever. And, with an 8th, 6th and 3rd on the season, Postec moved up into 6th place in the overall standings – just nine points behind Round Two winner Shawn White.
Also on the Vert ramp a special mention should be made for Monster Energy’s Jake Brown. The 2005 Transworld Magazine Vert Skater of the Year slammed about as hard as you can during Saturday’s prelim session prior to Sunday’s finals. Stitches and an eye nearly swollen shut, Brown soldiered on and made the finals, qualifying in 7th and finishing 12th overall.
Moving on to the FMX standings, Adam Jones – rocking the glowing green Monster Energy claw “M” logo, scored his first podium finish of the year, joining icons Travis Pastrana and Nate Adams on the podium. With the effort Jones vaulted into 6th place in the overall standings, just a handful of points out of the top four with two events remaining. Jones’ bronze medal run was highlighted by a number of back flip variations, including a no-hand back flip, Cordova back flip and a heel-clicker back flip.
In BMX Dirt, 2005 champion Ryan Guettler won the qualifying round, but barely missed out on a medal – finishing 4th overall. Still, the effort moved Guettler into the top ten overall in the Dirt standings (8th) for the first time this year. He’s also in 9th place overall in the BMX Park standings.
Next up on the Dew Tour is the Toyota Challenge in San Jose (Sept. 7-10).