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IAO Adds Supercross and BMX
By Bill Mills
WARPIG File photos of Freestyle Supercross riders at Beyond 2002 by Dawn Mills
In a release dated June 20th, Team Effort events announced it will be adding a freestyle supercross and BMX exhibition at the International Amateur Open August 7th through 11th, 2002. For the 12th anniversary of the IAO, the event is being relocated to the Big Butler Fairgrounds, north of it's previous site in Cranberry, PA, near Pittsburgh.
Freestyle adds showboating and style to the traditional motocross and BMX sports. Rather than trying to beat each other around a course, freestyle riders are judged on style and difficulty while jumping. The leading supercross freestyle riders routinely jump 20 to 30 feet in the air from an eight foot ramp, pose in the air - sometimes completely flying away from their motorcycle, remount, and then land on a dirt landing ramp.
Sponsoring the freestyle riders at the Inernational Amateur Open will be Raven USA. Raven Rep Josh Cranford said, "Expansion into motocross and skateboarding were a part of Raven's business strategy from our start... So we are very thrilled to to now infuse the excitement of BMX and Motocross into the IAO this year with our sponsorship of this exposition."
of the world's best freestyle jumpers will be performing at the Amateur
Open, fresh from the Gravity Games competition in Cleveland, Ohio.
While the IAO will retain it's trademark features - one of paintball's
largest trade shows, a wholesale trade show, industry conferences, player
and industry parties and more, the move to the Big Butler fairgrounds includes
a switch from woods fields to concept fields, the freestyle exhibitions,
and the X-Ball Nations Cup. Not only will the site be fresh,
the style of play will be changing. Format will be 7 man and will
include an open class allowing high level amateurs and professionals to
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