“The eighth stop of the Monster Army Recon Tour presented by Replay XD at Premises Park was insane! Three levels of screaming fans rattled the scaffolding throughout the building so hard that no one even realized they were in the middle of a full on monsoon. Ryan Guettler slayed it on the mic (as usual) and made sure everyone lost their voices by the end of the contest. We have never witnessed this much energy and excitement from the fans and athletes and Arizona definitely proved to us that BMX is here to stay.
The 13-15 age group kicked off the contest, setting the tone for a day all about good music, crazy riding and straight raw talent. Antonio Chavez from Chandler, AZ is one of the youngest cats around but knows how to win contests. Next up was the 16+ group where River Walden proved he was worthy of the top spot in a division full of flair whips and front flips. Finally we reached the Play Open division with 27 competitors all battling for the golden ticket to make the Recon Tour Play Am finals at Mike Spinner’s house. The energy and excitement in the building was bursting through the seams. Mother Nature wanted to get involved and say hello with a massive monsoon that put us in a rain delay for 30 minutes. This was the perfect time for the most insane product toss of the tour with the DJ dropping beats and Ryan Guettler even stage diving from the second story of the Park. The rain stopped and the contest continued with the most exciting and drama filled finals we have held yet. Everyone was putting their body on the line with huge transfers and endless combos of tricks. The drama continued with Wesley Hark and Alex Hiam going head to head throwing everything on the line. Wesley had the fire in his eyes and proved that he was not walking away without the golden ticket. He threw down the biggest barrel roll transfer anyone has ever done in the park to date. He earned his ticket and became the 8th rider to make it to the Play Am Finals.
Special thanks to our tour partners Monster Army, Hookit, Replay XD, A3, Vans, XRyderz, Madcatz, Pro-Tec, Movietickets.com, Hyper BMX, Mike Spinner, Ryan Guettler, David Peraza, Fat Tony, Ian Abbott and his Premises Park, and every single person who volunteered from the Premises staff to make this such an amazing event.
Final results from each division:
Play Open Final Results:
1st- Wesley Hark
2nd- Alex Hiam
3rd- Corey Foster
16 + Final Results:
1st- River Walden
2nd- Orus Bronson
3rd- Cory Clark
13-15 Final Results:
1st- Antonio Chavez
2nd- Kirk Bratt
3rd- Trevyn Gibbs
View the Photos:
Join us for Round 9 on July 27th from Skatelab in Simi Valley, CA. Register now at www.TheReconTour.com
About the Recon Tour
The Recon Tour was started by Hookit and Monster Energy as 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 the tour on Facebook at www.facebook.com/recontour, on Twitter @recontour, and on instagram @recontour. To get involved as a sponsor or partner, please contact Jody at 888-874-3374 ext. 133 or [email protected]
Hookit is a powerful digital marketing platform for sports. Monster Energy, Dunlop, SPY, Recon Tour, TransWorld Media, Roadracing World, Jeremy McGrath, Justin Barcia, Aaron Gwin, Ryan Guettler and over a million other athletes, brands, spots, events and media partners use Hookit. Hookit exists to support athletes by plugging them into our growing network. Join the Movement — find Hookit on your phone or www.hookit.com .
About Monster Army
Monster Army is a legion of athletes and fans that represent the Monster Energy brand all over the world. Join pros like Scotty Cranmer, Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Villopoto, Danny Kass and Rob Dyrdek and get insider access to the Monster Energy lifestyle – Athletes, Support, News, Music, Contests and Events. For more info, visit www.monsterarmy.com.”