OGDEN -- This past weekend, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour hit Utah at local parks 12th Street Jumps in Ogden and We Are One in Midvale for BMX dirt and skate park contests, respectively.
Victor Salazar earned his second spot in the finals, advancing from 12th Street Jumps, while returning five-time finalist Tyson Bowerbank will represent his home town when he competes in the Finals in Salt Lake City this September.
On Saturday, 12th Street Jumps hosted the final BMX dirt contest of the season and named the top three competitors to the Finals roster, lined up for this coming week.Nineteen-year-old Salazar from Fountain Valley, Calif., earned the top spot while a close second went to seventeen-year-old Aussie Luke Bowerman, another crossover competitor who will also be attending the BMX park Finals. Taking third was local 18-year-old Colby Sprat from Draper
"I can't wait to hit the big jumps on the Dew Tour course," said Salazar. Salazar will head to Portland to compete in the Finals for both BMX park and BMX dirt after earning his spot at Da Compound in Perris, Calif., earlier this season.
We Are One held their first Gatorade Free Flow event on Sunday, naming five-time finalist Bowerbank the first place winner. Taking the second and third place finishes were Las Vegas, Nev., challengers 17-year-old Kenny Tanner and 14-year-old Antonio Moya.
With his top finish in the finals last year, Bowerbank will be looking to take the title this year and advance to the Dew Tour Championships to flow to pro.
"Last year I got third at the Finals," said Bowerbank. "I'm really trying to win it this time." Bowerbank will be making the trip to the Finals for the fifth time after earning a spot in the Finals in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
"All of us here at We Are One are very thankful to have the Gatorade Free Flow Tour at our park. It was amazing to see all the kids, local and from out of state, coming here to shred and show they have something to prove, " said We Are One park contact Zach Nelson. "The contest was ultra heatish and every skater really gave there all. Thanks to all the parents, competitors, and the fine folks at Gatorade for throwing the best contest in Utah yet."
With the wins, Salazar, Bowerman and, Sprat earn an automatic bid to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour BMX Finals held in conjunction with the Dew Tour Invitational in Portland, Aug. 11-14, as the discipline advances the top three riders from each contest to the Finals.
Bowerbank will attend the skate finals in Salt Lake City at the Toyota Challenge for skate, taking place Sept. 8-11.
Overall winners from the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals receive an automatic bid into the Dew Tour Championships, taking place this October in Las Vegas, where they will make their professional contest debut.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour - 12th Street Jumps
Aug. 6 results
BMX dirt--1. Victor Salazar, Fountain Valley, Calif.; 2. Luke Bowerman, Australia; 3. Colby Sprat, Draper; 4. Kody Nerdin, Sandy; 5. Skyler Pingree, Heber.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour - We Are One
Aug. 7 results
Skate park--1. Tyson Bowerbank, Sandy; 2. Kenny Tanner, Las Vegas, Nev.; 3. Antonio Moya, Las Vegas, Nev.; 4. Jeff Norton, Cedar City; 5. Ricky Chavez, West Valley.