Top X Games Skateboard, BMX and Motocross Pros to showcase their talents May 23-24 at Kings Island


Contact: Don Helbig
April 21, 2009
(513) 754-5797

Two-day event fourth stop on 2009 ASA Action Sports World Tour

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – High-flying thrills will abound when the ASA Action Sports World Tour, one of the industry’s oldest and most elite action sports circuits, makes a stop at Kings Island for two days of intense competition May 23-24.

As the fourth stop on the 2009 Tour, this event will feature the world’s top X Games pros in Skateboard, BMX and Freestyle Motocross (FMX) and offers a chance for competing athletes to gain valuable ranking points necessary for qualification into ASA Entertainment’s season-ending Action Sports World Championships.

Each day, park visitors will witness heart-stopping action from the sport’s top athletes such as 2008 X Games and LG Skateboard Vert World Champion Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Canada), former Skateboard World Champion Sandro Dias (Sa Paulo, Brazil) Skateboard Vert Superstar Danny Mayer (Omaha, Nebraska), 2008 X Games and LG BMX Vert World Champion Jamie Bestwick (Nottingham, England), 2008 X Games BMX Big Air Champion Chad Kagy (Gilroy, CA), and BMX Vert Superstar Simon Tabron (Newquay, England).  Revving up the intensity will be the Freestyle Motocross pros whose back-flips and whips will leave spectators in awe.

As part of this action-packed event, Crooked X will take to the stage May 23 and Collective Soul May 24 for a full concert featuring their latest and greatest hits.

The two-day event, including the concerts, is included free with park admission and season pass.

“This special event reflects our commitment to providing our guests with one-of-a-kind thrills and fantastic family entertainment,” Kings Island vice president and general manager Greg Scheid said.

“Events such as the ASA Action Sports World Tour along with our new $22 million steel roller coaster, Diamondback, will ensure the economy of Greater Cincinnati continues to benefit from tourism in 2009, as it has since the opening of Kings Island in 1972.”

Each ASA Action Sports World Tour event is televised nationally on a variety of networks, including CBS Sports, Spike, VERSUS, Fox Sports Net and FUEL TV.  International fans will also enjoy the action in more than 180 countries around the globe.

For more information about ASA Action Sports World Tour please visit or contact Denise M. Abbott, ASA Director of Media Relations & Marketing at (310) 410-3020, ext. 309 or via e-mail at

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.