Youngest competitor in the field trumps a star-studded line-up of BMX greats
MIAMI, FL – The ASA Big Air Triples took to the racetrack for the first time this weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway where thousands of BMX and race fans were treated to an incredible competition between 12 of the world’s top BMX riders. Featuring a “who’s who” of BMX, the field of talent included stars Ryan Nyquist, TJ Ellis, Colton Satterfield, Austin Coleman, Zack Warden, Ryan Guettler, Pat Casey, Daniel Sandoval, Alessandro Barbero and more.
The ASA Big Air Triples is one of the most unique, exciting, and progressive competition platforms in BMX, pitting riders against each other in a series of head-to-head “battles” in a double-elimination bracketed format. In each round both riders get two runs to pack in as many tricks as they can on the 195 ft. long course that features a 26 ft. high roll-in ramp, two monstrous box jumps and a 14 ft high quarter-pipe.
After two amazing days of BMX competition, the final head-to-head battle came down to the youngest rider in the field, Nicholi Rogatkin (Boston, MA) and fellow young-gun Pat Casey (Yorba Linda, CA). Nicholi’s first run included a frontflip no-hander followed by a cash roll, and a triple tailwhip on the quarter-pipe. Casey answered back and upped the ante with a backflip barspin to late no-hander straight into a trick that has never been done at an ASA event—a 360 barspin to double tailwhip. He then ended the run on the quarter with a massive tailwhip to barspin at height. With everything riding on his last run of the day, Nicholi came through with another trick that the Triples has never seen, a frontflip toboggan over the first jump, right into another quadruple tailwhip on the second jump before landing a smooth 540 on the quarter. Still unsure if that was enough to take the win, Nicholi nervously waited as Pat dropped in for his second run only to see him go down on a decade backflip attempt on the second jump. When the winner was announced, it was Rogatkin who was presented with the NASCAR helmet trophy, the check for $7,500, and the bragging rights as the 2013 ASA Big Air Triples champion.
“I am honored to win such a big event like this against such an incredible group of riders,” said Rogatkin. “I had so much fun and can’t wait for the next Big Air Triples event.”
1st Nicholi Rogatkin
2nd Pat Casey
3rd Zack Warden
T3rd Logan Martin
5th Ryan Guettler
T5th Daniel Sandoval
7th Colton Satterfield
T7th TJ Ellis
T7th Brian Fox
10th Ryan Nyquist
T10th Alessandro Barbero
T10th AJ Anaya
For more information on the event, visit BigAirTriples.com.
About ASA Entertainment:
Founded in 1994, ASA Entertainment Group, LLC is an action sports event, television and content production agency focused on creating and executing customized, turn-key marketing programs that range in scale from grassroots to global. ASA’s events, featuring skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, freestyle motocross, snowboarding, surfing and music, are broadcast domestically on eight networks (including CBS and Fox Sports Net), and distributed to more than 700 million HH globally via 30 international broadcast partners. ASA’s productions span the spectrum from large, international competitions such as the ASA Action Sports World Tour, the World Championships of Freestyle Motocross, The Supergirl Jam Series, the Sonic Generations of Skate, the Moto-X Champions Tour and the ASA Big-Air Triples to amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions, school programs and mobile tours. After 19 years as a leader in action sports, ASA Entertainment regularly connects brands to consumers through its platform of premium action sports and lifestyle content. For more information, visit ASAentertainment.com.
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