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BIG DAY OUT – THE BIG SKATE TOUR 2012

Posted by David Read on Wednesday December 14 2011

Tony Hawk is bringing his skate sideshow to Big Day Out 2012. The Birdman will be putting on one hell of a vertical show along side Jesse Fritsch, Neal Hendrix, Kevin Stabb, Sandro Diaz and a hoard of Australasian shredders.

Press Release: The BIG DAY OUT skate show is back!

BIG DAY OUT is proud to announce the return of the Vert Ramp Skate Show to the national tour for 2012.

Twenty years ago, skateboarders rolled in on a huge custom built vert ramp to the sounds of skate rock band “Village Idiots” (on what was to become known as the “Skate Stage”) marking the opening of the first ever BIG DAY OUT.  The legendary BIG DAY OUT skate show had begun and ten years of amazing skaters, amazing ramps and truly amazing skateboarding displays were to follow.

It’s been ten years since BIG DAY OUT has been able to do the skate tour as part of its regular shows and to celebrate 20 years of BDO, the skate show is back for 2012 and it’s bigger than ever!

The Skate legend himself, TONY HAWK is back for his 3rd BDO tour after 14 years away, and this time he is bringing some of his skate mates along for the ride!

This is definitely not to be missed! TONY HAWK is on the ramp with KEVIN STAAB, SANDRO DIAZ, NEAL HENDRIX and JESSE FRITSCH in a unique skate show spectacular late in the afternoon at every Big Day Out in New Zealand and Australia.

Some of the best vert skaters from the current World Cup Skateboard circuit have come together to showcase skateboarding today: ELLIOT SLOAN, JUERGEN HORRWARTH and Australia’s own RENTON MILLAR.

THE BIG DAY OUT SKATE RAMP

Undoubtedly one of the biggest stars on the skate tour is the ramp itself!

A vert skate ramp, purpose built, for the BIG DAY OUT 2012 tour – a 14ft high x 40ft wide beauty.  Nothing like building a brand new perfect ramp to inspire the BDO skaters to go over the top. This ramp promises to be the best BDO Vert ramp ever!

THE BIG AIR SHOOTOUT 2012

In 2001 we held the Australian High Air Championships amongst all the skate show action on the BIG DAY OUT tour. Jason Ellis went on to win in Perth, with Adam Luxford coming in a very close 2nd. The jaw-dropping feats of these incredible skaters were a sight to behold!

So, let’s do it again! This time around we’ll be holding some unique high air comps for the BDO skaters to go for; most 540’s, highest ollie, etc.  A nice ‘go for it’ ending to the skate show day.

MORE ON OUR STELLAR SKATING LINE-UP FOR THE BIG SKATE TOUR 2012: THE TONY HAWK BIG DAY OUT VERT JAM

TONY HAWK
Nobody rides a skateboard like Tony Hawk. The San Diego native turned pro at 14 and was a world champ two years later – a record-breaking 73 wins to his name. Skip forward to 2011, and there’s not much Tony Hawk hasn’t done: launching major skateboard and clothing companies (Birdhouse Projects, Hawk Clothing), taking over the gaming world (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Tony Hawk: RIDE), penning a New York Times bestseller, building giant roller coasters, creating epic extreme sports exhibitions, and overseeing the Tony Hawk Foundation, who’ve built 463 skate parks throughout the USA so far. After landing the first ever ‘900’ – two and a half mid-air spins, a trick he’d dreamt of a decade earlier – the most famous skateboarder on the planet retired from competitive skating at 31.

JESSE FRITSCH
Jesse Fritsch turned pro in 2000 for Zoo York skateboards after winning the Tampa Am two years in a row. Nearly a decade later he has traveled the world skateboarding many times over alongside the world’s best professionals, and has participated in nearly every major skateboard event. Since 2004 he has also branched out to co-host a radio show alongside skateboard legend Tony Hawk on Sirius Satellite radio, and has also scored the music for over 100 commercials and video parts within the industry. Fritsch says “music and skateboarding keep me sane. I need each to balance the other”.

KEVIN STAAB
Back in 1979, two scrawny kids wearing stinky, sweaty safety equipment shared a ride home from the skate park, and from that point on Kevin Staab and Tony Hawk were skate buddies. Kevin’s life, 30 years after carpooling with Tony, has remained amazingly consistent. He still skates with Tony on a regular basis, and continues to draw double-takes from people. But Kevin takes it all in stride. After all, three decades after starting to skate, he’s still having fun doing what he loves most with the people he loves most to do it with.

NEAL HENDRIX
Neal Hendrix has been a top pro vert skater for over 20 years. Originally from North Carolina, Neal moved to California early in his pro career. Over the years, he has collected 8 X Games medals, and in 2005 won both Tampa Pro and The Shanghai Showdown vert contests. Neal is also the brand manager for Woodward Camps, and is a commentator for Fuel TV.

SANDRO DIAZ
Six-time world champion by World Cup Skateboarding (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011), Three-time European champion (2001, 2003 and 2005) and Gold Medalist at X Games Los Angeles (2004 and 2006). Sandro started skateboarding in 1986 and turned pro in 1995. He is considered the king of the 540 and one of the few people to be able to land the 900.

RENTON MILLAR (AUSTRALIA)
Renton Millar, nicknamed Rentos and from Melbourne, is a professional skateboarder. Millar came to prominence in 2001 when his sponsor Globe shoes’ video, Opinion, was released which showcased Millar performing tricks including a 360 flip crooked grind, nollie flip 5-0 and kick flip nose grind shove it on a vert ramp. He has had a lot of contest success culminating in the World Cup Title in 1999.

JUERGEN HORRWARTH (GERMANY)
Juergen Horrwarth’s reputation as a skater precedes him, with his early domination at competitions, evolving into a well-rounded, versatile and comprehensive skate career that has seen him excel in every field of the sport. He is about as diverse as you can be as a skateboarder. While he’s known as a stylish vert skater, he is equally at home with any terrain under his wheels. Fluid and effortless bowl skating is part of his game as well as smith-grinding handrails. European Champion 2006 Vert + Bowl, Skateboarder of the Year Germany 2009.

TREVOR WARD
Trevor Ward always seems to amuse spectators not only with his brilliance on a board, but with his zany personality. He is a down to earth success stating in a recent interview that his general likes are ‘his wife, 4 kids …. and skating’. This will be Trev’s 5th BIG DAY OUT!

PLUS LOCAL LEGENDS
Joining the above talent, and bringing a distinctly kiwi flavour to the Vert Jam team will be the local legends Invitation 7, featuring Ian Madgwick, Dave Crabb, Jason Parkes, Nick Clegg, Kristian Philipp, Lee AKA Squeak and Ramon.

FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY, 2012 – AUCKLAND MT SMART STADIUM
Maurice Road, Penrose. Gates open 11am

Tickets $160 (incl GST) + bf*. Strict limit of 4 tickets per customer.  Available from our website www.bigdayout.com, Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.co.nz, phone bookings (09) 970 9700 plus all Ticketmaster outlets and Real Groovy (Auckland).

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
You will be asked to read and agree to our Conditions of Sale and Admission before you can purchase tickets. Conditions of Sale and Admission can be viewed at www.bigdayout.com

BDO 2012 is MA15

For full show information and internet ticket bookings check out the website www.bigdayout.com
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