Extreme sports stars to show off their skills

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 May, 2006, 12:00am

Renowned BMX and skateboard stars Dustin Guenther and Mike Peterson are on a five-day tour of Hong Kong and fans will be able to learn from the pair at free workshops today and over the weekend.

The Local Hero Tour will see the duo displaying some of their most extreme tricks, as well as offering tips in sessions at Tsim Sha Tsui, Lai Chi Kok, Yau Ma Tei and Sha Tin.

Guenther, a 26-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, took up BMX riding when he was just three years old, and became a professional rider in 1999.

He has won prizes at international competitions, including the Metro Jam Pro Street and the BMX Masters Hard Trick. At the Red Bull Drenaje 2006, he performed a 'No Foot Can Can' and a backflip to win the gold medal.

Peterson, 30, started skateboarding when he was 12 and is currently ranked 16 in the world.

The Florida resident said a 'Tony Hawk 900' was the best trick he has ever performed. He described the feeling as 'unforgettable'.

He is also a fan of other extreme sports, such as surfing and snowboarding.

The duo said they want to share their skills and experience with local riders and boarders, and help develop the city's extreme sports scene. BMX riders and skateboarders of all levels can participate in the workshops.

'I believe everyone has the same talent within them,' said Guenther, who is on his first visit to Hong Kong.

'I'm sure Hong Kong could develop extreme sports and one day be on par with international standards.'

The Tour is being organised by American street fashion brand ecko unltd, and Red Bull Energy Drink, in association with Zoo York.

'By inviting international athletes to share their skills and insights with locals, we hope the event will further promote BMX and skateboard sports in Hong Kong,' said Roy Ng, director of Retail and Marketing (Asia) of Ecko Distribution.

Workshop schedule: Today - Lai Chi Kok Park, 5pm-8pm; Sha Tin City Hall, 10.30pm-1.30am; Tomorrow - YMCA, Yau Ma Tei, 5pm-8pm; Tsim Sha Tsui East, 10.30pm-12am; Sunday - Lai Chi Kok Park, 3pm-5.30pm.