2008 King of New York™ Results and Photos

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2008 King of New York™ Results and Photos – Jeremiah Smith scores the Pro King of New York Title!

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Brooklyn, NY – August 13, 2008 – After an incredible weekend of riding by all, Jeremiah Smith, 21, left no doubt who would be the 2008 King of New York Pro Champion.  It was his to lose as Jeremiah slammed the door on the eighteen other pros competing by qualifying first on Saturday.  He kept up the intensity during Sunday’s Final with smooth riding and flow, busting out non-stop with tricks like wall-ride to barspin, double whips, wall-ride to tuck no hander, barspin-to-tailwhip, and no-brake tire tap to foot jam on the big sub.  Second place finisher Dzavid Radoncic, 16, out of Brooklyn was hungry too with 720s over the spine, and big tailwhips and turndowns on the concrete quarter.  Rounding out the top three was Ronnie Surridge, who raised everyone’s blood pressure with the gnarliest nose dive spine 360s, and quarterpipe 540s.  Three-time King of New York and reigning Pro Champion Jorge Jovel finished eighth but still wowed the fans despite a serious elbow infection, throwing down big front flips, and huge wall taps and quarter pipe airs.
The Bronx came out to rep in force in Brooklyn, with Franky Navarro, 18, and David Lawrence, 16, taking their respective wins in the Expert and Beginner classes.  Fresh off his gold medal SuperPark X Games win the weekend before, Daniel Dhers even came to hang out and support his peers.  Finally, undaunted by the rain falling after the awards ceremonies, bands Face Death, Night Swim, and Big Grin rocked out and played to finish off a great King of New York weekend.
Below are the 2008 official King of New York top ten results.  The full list and more photos can be found at www.kingofnewyorkbmx.com.  The premier Pro/Am BMX Freestyle Competition in New York City, The King of New York is one of the longest running bicycle stunt competitions in the world and the only one of its kind in New York City. We want to thank all our great sponsors for their 2008 support: Scion, Zoo York, 92.3 K-Rock Radio, Mirraco, Woodward Camp, Diamond Back, Maxxis, Tri-Flow, Props, Animal, Bicycle Union, DK, Failure, Mankind, Proper, Shadow Conspiracy, We The People, System Cycle, Brooklyn Bike Riders, BMXinvasion, and Yellow Designs.

Pro Final
1. Jeremiah Smith – Boalsburg, PA
2. Dzavid Radoncic – Brooklyn, NY
3. Ronnie Surridge – Jackson, NJ
4. Kyle LeValley – Palm Beach, Fla
5. Keith Schmidt – Lockhaven, PA
6. Ronnie Michelini – San Bruno, CA
7. Nicholi Rogatkin – Lincoln, MA
8. Jorge Jovel – Boalsburg, PA
9. Rob Deveaux – Bronx, NY
10. August Simoncini – Forked River, NJ

Expert Final
1. Franky Navarro – Bronx, NY
2. Eddy Hernandez – Plainfield, NJ
3. Jarrit Manfredy – Bronx, NY
4. Brian Pichardo – New York, NY
5. Jon Lynn – Brooklyn, NY
6. Nile Harris – Fort Edward, NY
7. Derrick Smith – Pomona, NY
8. Bryan Close     – Brooklyn, NY
9. Chad Phaire – Harlem, NYC
10. Walter Wilson – Hampton, VA

Beginner Final
1. David Lawrence – Bronx, NY
2. Anthony Carsillo – Tom's River, NJ
3. Christian Mola – Yonkers, NY
4. Vincent Crispino – Staten Island, NY
5. Stephen Quigley – Staten Island, NY
6. Stephen Dimicelli – Tom's River, NJ
7. Tomasz Czech – Brooklyn, NY
8. Anthony Spagnolo – Brooklyn, NY
9. Chris Konopka – Tom's River, NJ
10. Jack Cusack – Long Island, NY

Photo Captions – All photos copyright Danny Ortiz/baby bean

“12-year old pro Nikolai Rogatkin flying high Superman style off the big hip.”


“Derrick Smith – an up-and-coming youngster with classic style.”


“The wall may have been twice as tall as him but that didn’t stop fifteen year-old Jarrit Manfredy.”


“Three-time King of New York Pro Champion Jorge Jovel and a one-fingered invert.”


“Jeremiah Smith, no-footed cancan.”


“Ronnie Surridge, tailwhip.  Big tricks and style for third place.” 


“Jeremiah Smith, solid tuck no-hander off the wallride.”


“Wall ride to table – Brooklyn style.”


 “Walter Wilson proves you don’t need girl pants to do sweet downside hip whips.”