Site Requires Flash Player and JavaScript (on) for optimal viewing.

bypass the detection
Action Sports

Portland and Dew Tour: A match made in midair

    During the AST Dew Tour’s BMX park final competition Sunday at the Rose Garden, Drew Mahalic said he recalled hearing spectators note that one of the athletes, Mike Spinner, had landed a 720, or two midair revolutions on his bike.

    The first year of the BMX, freestyle motocross and skateboarding stunt spectacle, “nobody even knew what that was called,” said Mahalic, chief executive of the Oregon Sports Authority.

    After four consecutive years of Portland anchoring the middle leg of the five-stop action sports tour, its fan base has become “more seasoned,” he said. Funnier, too. One spectator, bemused by the dearth of belts among BMX riders, waved a sign Sunday that read, “Pull Up Your Pants!”

    “The crowd is amazing here,” BMX rider Daniel Dhers said after his win Sunday in the park final. “They cheer maybe more than others.”

    Such appreciation for the tour’s nontraditional sports helps explain why it keeps returning to the Rose Quarter year after year. And why Dew Tour organizers expect a fifth incarnation of the tour in Portland for 2009, despite a 41/2 percent drop in attendance this year.

    “Everyone wants to see it happen, it’s just a matter of working through the details,” AST Dew Tour president Wade Martin said Monday. “We were really happy with the weekend, and it just sort of confirmed our thoughts that Portland continues to be a great stop for us.”

    — Excerpt from The Oregonian, August 26, 2008


    video




    Watch our two minute video to learn more about the Oregon Sports Authority's efforts to promote the state as a premier sports destination.

    NEWSLETTER SIGN UPs

    Sign up to receive a monthly update with the latest Oregon sports news and event information, plus get exclusive access to ticket discounts!

    MEMBERS

    Members

    Requires Flash Player and JavaScript (on) for optimal viewing.

    .

    latest news


    eUpdate – PK80, IndyCar Coming to Portland, Congrats to the Thorns, Cirque du Soleil Crystal

    In the summer of 2012, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis began to form plans for an unprecedented 16-team men’s...

    http://www.oregonsports.org/eupdate-pk80-nears-tip-off-indycar-coming-to-portland-congrats-to-the-thorns-cirque-du-soleil-crystal/

    eUpdate – Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Disaster Relief, Street Soccer USA and New Members

    The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame will induct a class of six new members during its annual induction ceremony on...

    http://www.oregonsports.org/eupdate-oregon-sports-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-disaster-relief-street-soccer-usa-and-new-members/

    eUpdate – Little League Softball, WinCo Foods Portland Open, Cambia Portland Classic

    Little League softball teams from the U.S., Canada, the Philippines, Czech Republic and Puerto Rico are in Portland this week...

    http://www.oregonsports.org/eupdate-little-league-softball-world-series-winco-foods-portland-open-cambia-portland-classic/

    find out what's new and

    what's next in oregon sports!

    follow the oregon sports authority on

    Twitter      Facebook