Lasek comes in second in Skate Vert finals at Dew Tour in O.C.

  • Pierre-Luc Gagnon of Montreal, who placed first, competes in the Skateboard Vert at the Pantech Beach Championships of the Dew Tour, in its second year at the oceanside resort community Saturday, Aug 18, 2012.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon of Montreal, who placed first, competes… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
August 18, 2012|By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Half-way through the Dew Tour's Pantech Beach Championships in Ocean City, all eyes were on the skateboarding events Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of fans were on the beach at Dorchester Street as defending champion Pierre Luc-Gagnon won the skate vert finals, with Baltimore native Bucky Lasek taking second place, followed by Sandro Dias in third.

Lasek was leading going into the finals, but he fell on his last run.

"I never got around to doing the round I wanted to because I kept falling toward the end of my run," Lasek said, adding that he loves bringing something new to the competition, like the boneless to invert maneuver that he pulled off after inventing it just last week.

Tomorrow, fans can watch as Lasek competes in the finals of the Skate Bowl competition, along with Pedro Barros, who leads after the semi-finals.

"It feels great to win again at the Dew Tour," said Gagnon. "I had a hard time in practice, but kept my cool and threw it down when it mattered. I’ve done this a bunch of times, so I knew what I had to do."

Gagnon was impressed by the support of the spectators on the beach. "The fans are so into it here in Ocean City," he said. "It feels great to perform in front of a crowd like this."

More than 50 competitors were lined up for the event, the second year in a row that the Dew Tour has been held on the beach in Ocean CIty. This year's four-day competition is offering free general admission to all of the events, including the sports action, live concerts and a Dew Tour Experience venue for fans.

Locals and visitors said they were enjoying this year's tour more because it was free. Others were simply happy to see Ocean City transformed into a mecca for action sports, especially skating.

"The town lightens up on skating rules," said Tyker Kalista, referring to town ordinances that typically restrict skating on public property.

The athletes participating in the event said that the course had improved since last year. Reemo Pearson said he saw bigger crowds this year. He also said the skatebowl was greatly improved from last year's.

"I don't skate bowls and I'd consider skating that bowl," Pearson said.

The BMX Mega 2.0 finals were scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but it was delayed until Sunday morning because of high winds. Other events, including the BMX Park semi-finals continued.

Sunday's schedule also includes the finals in BMX Park, Skate Bowl and Skate Mega 2.0.

On Friday, Jamie Bestwick won the title in the BMX Vert Finals, coming from last place to garner his eighth consecutive title. Chris Miller was crowned the champion of the Skate Legends Bowl on Thursday.

At the Free Flow Tour finals on Thursday, amateur contestants competed to win a chance to skate with the professionals this weekend. In the Skate Bowl event, Heimana Reynolds of Honolulu, finished first, while Baltimore's Brad Harvey came in ninth place.

The Pantech Beach Championships continues tomorrow with final competitions in BMX Park and Skate Bowl airing live on NBC, as well as the newly added BMX and Skate Mega 2.0.

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