World's best return to region for Mobile Skatepark Series

Extreme Sports

July 03, 2004|By Daniel Lyght | Daniel Lyght,SUN STAFF

Huge McTwists, backside 540s, alley-oop heel-flip indies and one-footed backside grinds. Recognize any of those moves? If not, one of the best opportunities to learn what those words mean and see them in action will be today and tomorrow at Dulles (Va.) Town Center, as ASA presents the Mobile Skatepark Series.

For the second straight year, ASA (formerly known as the Aggressive Skaters Association) will bring more than 50 professional action sports athletes to the area to compete for $40,000 in prize money. The No. 1-ranked vert BMX biker (Jamie Bestwick), skateboarder (Sandro Dias) and in-line skater (Eito Yasutoko) in the world will be on hand to try to give an expected crowd of 25,000 to 30,000 fans the show of their lives. And all for free.

The competitions will begin this morning at 10:30 when amateur in-line skaters take to the new and improved 60-foot-wide ramp - a 20-foot improvement from last year. Those amateurs will be shooting for the chance to qualify for the World Amateur Championships and the opportunity to turn pro in 2005. The pro in-liners will come out to twist, flip and grind at 3 p.m., followed by the freestyle BMXers at 5:45.

The combination of amateurs and professionals is what ASA Events president Rick Bratman says makes the MSS special. ASA wanted to create an event that would enable amateurs to ride on the same courses as the pros.

Event data

What: Mobile Skatepark Series (MSS) featuring pro BMX, skateboarding and in-line skating

When: Today and tomorrow

Where: Dulles (Va.) Town Center

Tickets: Free

Web site: www.mss.com

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