The Biggest Stars in Action Sports Including Mike Metzger, Dave Mirra, Bob Burnquist and Fabiola da Silva are Slated to Compete in the U.S. and World Championships of Skateboarding, BMX, Freestyle Motocross and Inline Skating
LOS ANGELES (August 19, 2004) – The highly anticipated, second annual LG Action Sports Championships starts September 10th at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. during the Los Angeles County Fair. The action-packed event will feature the season’s U.S. Championships for skateboarding and freestyle BMX and the World Championships for aggressive inline skating and freestyle motocross (FMX), as well as big-name music entertainment from Hoobastank, Lonestar, LIVE and many more bands. Regarded as the true industry championships, the event is expected to draw the biggest names in action sports and will offer over $625,000 in cash and prizes, making it the largest per-sport purse in action sports history.
The professional Championships in skateboarding, inline skating and BMX will be held September 10-12, the amateur Championships in skateboarding and inline will be held from September 24-26, and the World Championships of Freestyle Motocross will be held on October 2nd. The seven days of adrenaline-pumping competition will feature such action sports legends as Nate Adams, Mike Metzger, Brian Deegan, Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonald, Ryan Nyquist, Jamie Bestwick, Eito Yasutoko, Fabiola Da Silva and 160 more pros. Athletes qualified for the 2004 LG Action Sports Championships based on the Championship results from 2003 and competitions across the country in 2004, including the X Games and Vans Triple Crown among others.
“The LG Action Sports Championships are truly the athletes’ Championships,” said Rick Bratman, president of ASA Events, producer of the LG Action Sports Championships. “Not only are we providing the biggest prize purse these riders have ever seen, but we also have created a competition environment that allows the athletes to pull out all the stops and go for their biggest tricks all season.” Bratman added, “We work hard to develop a fun event for the athletes, the action sports industry and the fans so that we can celebrate the incredible people that have turned action sports into a global phenomenon.”
In addition to the high-flying action, The LG Action Sports Championships will feature ‘The Yard’ and the ‘Festival Village’. ‘The Yard’ is an urban culture zone that will contain graffiti art, DJ’s and break dancing competitions. The Festival Village includes live music (complete line-up to be announced soon), video games, action sports video premieres, Internet stations, pro autograph signings and an industry expo where leading manufacturers will be showcasing the latest action sports products. In addition, the LG Action Sports Championships will also host amateur competition in skateboarding and inline skating, with the top finishers qualifying for the 2005 pro circuit.
After only one year, the LG Action Sports Championships is quickly becoming one of the most prestigious events in its category with its emphasis on the athletes and companies that comprise the action sports industry. Beamed to more than 350 million people in approximately 140 countries and producing a minimum of 16 hours of coverage in the U.S. on FOX Sports Net, this year’s event convenes a “who’s who” in action sports.
A coordinated effort between LG and ASA Events, the nation’s largest action sports event and television production company, the 2004 LG Action Sports Championships is the second year of a partnership signed through 2008. Demonstrating its commitment to the action sports community, LG Mobile Phones fully underwrites the LG Action Sports Championships, sponsoring the annual event in the United States, along with similar events throughout Asia. “The LG Action Sports Champion