Proceeds from last year’s contest bought a custom Dodge Sprinter van for the Chris Ackerman Foundation, which supports the former Metal Mulisha rider. For those of you unaware of the story, Ackerman was paralyzed while on a filming trip at the Dumont Dunes. It has been a long road since the incident, but his friends from the sport have never left his side.
The 12 rider “Am” class was narrowed to 8 for the final rounds. After landing two body varials in qualifying, Davi Jones was seated at the top of the order.
The DBK/MDP Block Amateur contest has grown an impressive amount in just two years. Numerous brands, such as etnies, Famous Stars and Straps, Monster Energy, Shift, ethika, and DEFT Family lined the vendor row and made sure no one left the event empty handed.
Cal Vallone’s consistent and error-free run was the key to his AM division win. The 21-year old Temecula “Wine Country” resident also grabbed the Best Whip win over Brian McCarty with massive look backs. He went home $1400 richer for his day at the office.
Keep your eyes on Justin Ayres. His three runs made the trip from Oregon worthwhile, as he took the win in the final round over Jeff Griffin.
Cash and giant checks were awarded to the top-three in both the Am and Pro-Am classes. And yes, they were all stoked to get the money. Many riders commented, “Now I have gas money to get home.”
1. Cal Vallone
2. Billy Kohut
3. Taylor Woods
1. Justin Ayres
2. Jeff Griffin
3. Brian McCarty