Kevin Peraza takes home 1st place and $5,000 in the Recon PRO and Case Taylor takes 1st in the Recon AM earning a spot in the Finals.
Solana Beach, Calif. – October 2, 2014 – The first Recon Tour PRO presented by Replay XD went down this past weekend with Monster Energy’s own Kevin Peraza claiming the top spot and earning $5,000. Peraza was up against a stacked field of competition including athletes such as Daniel Sandoval, Nick Bruce, Rob Armour, Jack Fahey, and Kenneth Tencio to name a few.
This event is unique because in today’s world of BMX events there is not a way for no-name athletes to compete in PRO events even if they have the talent. This event gives athletes such as Trent Newkirk, Brian Fox, Joel Bondu, and Matty Cranmer a chance to compete against the professionals. They earned their spot by placing on the podium in the Recon Tour AM event’s earlier in the year, which ensured them a spot in the Recon Tour PRO event. It was a Cinderella story for Bondu and Newkirk who placed 2nd and 3rd in the Recon Tour PRO on Sunday. Bondu earned his spot in the PRO the day before by taking 3rd place in the AM Recon Tour. He showed up on Sunday with the fire in his eyes and proved to everyone that he belongs in the PRO division by taking home 2nd place and $2,500 right behind Peraza. Newkirk also earned his spot in the PRO by making it to the Recon Tour Finals last year. He had an impressive finish on Sunday taking home 3rd place and beating some of the best BMX athletes in the world and walking away with $1,000.
Saturday’s Recon Tour AM event was just as exciting with almost the same level of difficulty. The open division was fierce with everyone battling for the invite into the PRO event. Case Taylor earned 1st place by throwing huge tricks back to back. His final run consisted of huge flairs straight into 900’s. His dream run paid off and he earned his spot in Sunday’s event. Rounding out the podium was the local hero Cranmer with his effortless style and smooth runs, and Bondu landing the first ever 360 double tailwhip to barspin over a spine. It is safe to say that the future of BMX is looking very bright and a change in the major players is coming.
Special thanks to the Hookit brand partners: Monster Army, Replay XD, Hyper Bike co., Movietickets.com, Pro-Tec, Sunringle, ODI, Snafu, Fugoo, Vans, and Vital BMX. Big thanks to Scotty Cranmer, Scott Sr., Donna
Cranmer, and the entire Incline Club staff. Also thanks to Ian Abbott & Crew, Showtime, Ryan Guettler, Kris Fox, Danny Josa, Dylan Pfohl, Jon Watts, Jorge Jovel, Dom Simoncini and Victor Salazar.
1st- Kevin Peraza
2nd- Joel Bondu
3rd- Trent Newkirk
4th- Brian Fox
5th- Nick Bruce
6th- Daniel Sandoval
Open Final Results:
1st- Case Taylor
2nd- Matty Cranmer
3rd- Joel Bondu
16 + Final Results:
1st- Chris Aul
2nd- TJ Luther
3rd- Quintin Garvin
13 - 15 Final Results:
1st- Eddie Rovi
2nd- Jared Heitzman
3rd- Billy Swisher
Up Next: Round 6 on October 11 & 12 at Mission Valley YMCA. Register now at http://www.therecontour.com.
About the Recon Tour
The Recon Tour, created by Hookit and Monster Energy, is an intelligence-gathering mission to find the best up- and-coming athletes in the nation through contests for BMX, Snowboard and Ski. We work closely with key partners to support the future of action sports and provide a better platform for the athletes to advance in their sports. For more information on the Recon Tour, visit www.theReconTour.com. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/recontour on Twitter @recontour, and on instagram @recontour. To get involved as a sponsor or partner, please contact Robby Burleson at 888-874-3374 ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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