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Extreme athletes take flight in O.C.

Grizzled veterans take home top honors at Dew Tour
By Nick Roth | Jun 25, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Maryland native and crowd favorite Bucky Lasek competes in the Skate Bowl semifinals at the Dew Tour in Ocean City, Md.

Ocean City — Tens of thousands of extreme sports fans converged on Ocean City, Md., June 20-23 for the Pantech Beach Championships, the first stop on the high-flying professional skateboarding and BMX Dew Tour. Many of the athletes who competed will travel to Munich, Germany, for this weekend's X Games event.

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Maryland native Bucky Lasek rose to the occasion, laying down near-perfect runs in both the Vert and Skate Bowl competitions to go home with first- and second-place trophies, respectively.

"It feels awesome to be back on top,” said Lasek after his vert win. Lasek finished second in the vert category at last year's event. “It is pretty special, especially with all the love and support I get from all my fans, my friends and local businesses. It is great for Dew Tour to come here and support such a great beach community.”

Bucky, 40, is a veteran in a sport that keeps getting younger and younger. Taking fourth in the skate bowl competition was 13-year-old Tom Schaar, who just a year ago won the Mega 2.0 event at the Dew Tour. He's well known as the first person to land a 1080 (three full revolutions) in a competition.

Rounding out the top three in the vert competition were last year's winner Canadian Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Brazilian veteran Sandro Dias. Successfully defending his Skate Bowl championship for the a third consecutive year was Brazilian Pedro Barros, while Hawaii native Kalani David took third place.

In the BMX events, it was the veterans who rose to the top. Jamie Bestwick, 41, recorded his ninth straight Dew Tour win in the vert competition, posting a 94 in his last run of the finals. Vince Byron finished second in the event, while Steve McCann earned third.

Ryan Nyquist, 34, another BMX legend, took home top honors in the BMX Park event. Canadian Drew Bezanson and Scotty Cranmer rounded out the top three.

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Bucky Lasek, middle, won the Skateboard Vert title. He is joined on the podium by second-place finisher Pierre-Luc Gagnon, left, and third-place finisher Sandro Dias. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Brazilian pro Sandro Dias goes full extension during the Skateboard Vert final. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bucky Lasek takes a break at the base of the ramp as his competitors practice before the vert finals. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Pierre-Luc Gagnon walks off the vert ramp after bailing out of a trick during practice. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alex Perelson of San Diego soars above the vert ramp during his finals run. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sandro Dias smiles as a short documentary about him plays on the big screen. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alex Perelson grabs his board while eying his landing. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bucky Lasek gets inverted during his finals run. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ronaldo Gomes of Brazil is satisfied with his run despite a last-second fall. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A trick doesn't go as planned for Sandro Dias. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The Dew Tour had many fan-friendly activities outside of the extreme sports contests, including slackline demonstrations. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mongoose bikes provided children with a small park to ride through. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Great Britain's Simon Tabron performs a trick in the BMX Vert finals June 21. Tabron finished fifth in the event. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Francisco Zurita of Chile, right, and Mike "Hucker" Clark share a laugh during a break in the action. The vert finals were postponed June 21 due to moisture on the ramp. They were picked up June 22. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Zack Warden extends high above the vert ramp in the BMX finals. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Colton Satterfield is congratulated after a solid run. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mykel Larrin eyes his landing. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ryan Nyquist discusses his run with his competitors. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mike "Hucker" Clark is captured by the eye in the sky. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Simon Tabron takes his hands off the handlebars to add difficulty points to his run. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jimmy Walker launches into a flair during his Vert finals run. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tom Schaar, 13, grinds the bowl edge during the Skate Bowl semifinals June 21. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bucky Lasek takes a shot at a big trick in the deep end of the bowl. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sandro Dias shows his exhaustion after a big run in the Skate Bowl semifinals. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Kalani David of Hawaii performs a trick in the shallow end during the Skate Bowl semifinals. David finished third in the event. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Dalton Dern grabs the lip as he works through one of his four semifinal runs. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tom Schaar, 13, checks out the scores on the big board. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Skylar Siljeg shows off his moves on the lip of the skate bowl. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Kevin Kowalski does an eggplant in the deep end of the skate bowl. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bucky Lasek, left, and Manny Santiago check out the action during the Skate Bowl practice session. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Willis Kimbel extends above the lip. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Willis Kimbel is interviewed prior to the start of the Skate Bowl semifinals. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mike Owen launches into a trick in the shallow end of the Skate Bowl. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tom Schaar tries to land a 720 in the deep end. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The Jolly Roger amusement park pier provides a great backdrop for the Dew Tour every summer. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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