Over the past few days the ASA Triples contest has been going down at an unsuspecting location inside the famous Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California. More than a handful of bangers have gone down on the massive jumps and vert quarter, and we were there for the contests the past two nights to catch the action after bouncing from the big Nike comp in Huntington Beach. Check out the results and a bunch of photos here, then be on the lookout for a video real soon…
The format is pretty complicated, but we’ll try our best to put it in an understandable nutshell…Here goes:
Eight riders were selected to be the “main guys” that got a by to compete on Friday and Saturday, and will put on a “mock contest” demo on Sunday. Wednesday there were 12 riders that competed. The top four from Wednesday competed against the eight main guys on Friday. Thursday a different set of 12 riders competed. Then on Friday the top four riders from Thursday’s contest competed against the eight main dudes. Friday and Saturday were two separate contests with two sets of prize money.
Each contest uses a rider versus rider battle/bracket format. The losers from the first round brackets get to compete against each other in a second bracket. The winner from that group gets to go to the semifinals as the “lucky loser.” Then all the riders that are left in the brackets continue to battle until only one rider is left. Confused yet? We thought so…
Just check out the photos, look at the results below, then read ASA’s press releases if that kind of thing interests you.
Photos by Fat.
Official ASA Press Releases
Superior Air and Skills Bring the Best of BMX & Skate to the MegaRamp ASA Triples at the OC Fair
ORANGE COUNTY (August 4, 2011)—This Thursday, some of the biggest names in BMX and skateboarding hit the MegaRamp ASA Triples at the Orange County Fair. Expanded in 2011 to a five-day event in Orange County, the Triples, produced by leading action sports event producer ASA Entertainment, in association with MegaRamp Events, showcases the best all-around riders in BMX challenging the athletes’ combined box jumping and dirt jumping skills over a completely unique 195 ft. long wooden course that starts with a version of the famed mini MegaRamp. Momentum from the 25 ft. tall roll-in ramp propels them over two 25 ft. wide jumps and a massive course-ending quarter-pipe.
The Triples format pushed the athletes to throw down three back-to-back tricks in quick succession, displaying the technique, control, daring and style that make them the sport's best. These athletes regularly push the sport's boundaries as well as their own limits, surprising fans with mind-boggling aerial stunts.
Four BMX athletes from qualifiers yesterday and today advanced to the main draw competitions on Friday snd Saturday night at the Orange County Fair. Brandon Dosch won Wednesday's qualifier by bringing fans to their feet with his opposite 360 lookback to a 360 double tailwhip finishing out with a tailwhip.
Daniel Sandoval was a heavy hitter winning the qualifying event tonight with a run that included a 720 tailwhip, "the best trick the contest has seen so far," according to Head Judge Dave Brumlow. Sandoval will join three other BMX riders as they advance to Saturday nights main draw.
Matt Wyatt Beats Out Vince Byron for MegaRamp® ASA Triples Title at 2011 OC Fair: Pro BMX Excitement Continues All Weekend
ORANGE COUNTY (August 5, 2011) – Professional BMX riders energized the crowd Friday night at the OC Fair during the MegaRamp® ASA Triples contest in the Action Sports Arena. Twelve of the best riders from around the world showcased their big air skills on the 195-ft. course that featured a 25 ft. high roll-in ramp, two 25 ft. jumps and a massive course-ending quarter pipe. The final head-to-head battle came down to fellow Australians Vince Byron, who took silver at last week's X Games, and Matt Wyatt, who worked his way to the finals from the open qualifiers. In the end, Wyatt's front flip tailwhip and 360 double tailwhip to barspin earned him the win over Byron, who fell twice in the final round.
"It was a great contest with some of the new up-and-coming guys really standing out," said Head Judge Dave Brumlow. "Matt came through the qualifiers and proved himself against these seasoned pros. He really set the bar for the rest of the weekend's competition."
Full Results – Friday, August 5
1st Matt Wyatt
2nd Vince Byron
3rd (tie) Ryan Guettler/Rob Armour
5th (tie) Kyle Baldock/Brett Banasiewicz
7th (three-way tie) Zack Warden/Pat Casey/Austin Coleman
10th (three-way tie) TJ Ellis/Brandon Dosch/Mike Clark
Thousands of Fans Flock to MegaRamp® ASA Triples Finals – Brett Banasiewicz Clinches Win at 2011 OC Fair
ORANGE COUNTY (August 6, 2011) – Professional BMX riders raised the bar for standard contest stunts on Saturday night at the OC Fair during the MegaRamp® ASA Triples contest in the Action Sports Arena. Twelve of the best riders from around the world showcased their big air skills on the 195-ft. course that featured a 25 ft. high roll-in ramp, two 25 ft. jumps and a massive course-ending quarter pipe. The final head-to-head battle came down to Brett Banasiewicz and Jaie Toohey, with Banasiewicz coming back from the Battle-Back Round to win the Title with tricks like a flare-triple-whip and a cash-roll.
"I've now come back from the Battle-Back Round twice to win in the ASA competitions so I'm really happy," said Banasiewicz. "It was a really fun contest, and the riding from everyone was amazing!"
Full Results – Saturday, August 6
1st Brett Banasiewicz
2nd Jaie Toohey
3rd (tie) Zack Warden/Vince Bryon
5th (tie) Pat Casey/Austin Coleman
7th (three-way tie) Daniel Sandoval/Ryan Guettler/Mike Clark
10th (three-way tie) Alessandro Barbero/TJ Ellis/Luke Parslow
In addition to the world's top BMX pros, the skateboarders also took to the ramp for a session-style contest. Despite the presence of seasoned MegaRamp pros like Sandro Dias, Lincoln Ueda, Mitchie Brusco and Adam Taylor, young up-and-coming amateur Jagger Eaton stole the show and won with huge tricks over the gap and a massive 540 on the quarter-pipe.