PIERRE-LUC GAGNON WINS SKATE VERT TITLE

The energy was electric at the vert ramp on the beach in Ocean City this afternoon for the Dew Tour's Skate Vert Final. After battling through two rounds of competition, Pierre-Luc Gagnon took home the top spot with a solid last round run. His technical run used the curved coping feature of the ramp and incorporated several flip tricks, including a kickflip fakie, a switch heelflip 360 and a kickflip body varial 540. Baltimore native Bucky Lasek and Sandro Dias rounded out the podium, in second and third respectively.

"It feels great to win again at the Dew Tour," said PLG. "I had a hard time in practice, but kept my cool and threw it down when it mattered. I've done this a bunch of times, so I knew what I had to do." He also appreciated the strong support of the beach spectators. "The fans are so into it here in Ocean City," he said. "It feels great to perform in front of a crowd like this."

Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championship

Ocean City, Md.

August 16-19, 2012

Skate Vert Final Results

1. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canada, 88.50. 2. Bucky Lasek, Md., 85.75. 3. Sandro Dias, Brazil, 85.25. 4. Andy Macdonald, Mass., 83.75. 5. Bob Burnquist, Brazil, 80.00.

The complete 2012 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:

Pantech Beach Championships;  August 16-19;  Ocean City, Md.

Toyota City Championships;  October 18-21;  San Francisco, Cali.

Mountain Championships;  December 13-16;  Breckenridge, Colo.

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