On December 17th, the search for the best amateur rider in China was brought to end at the newly expanded Nokia Nanshan Mellow Park just outside of Beijing. Due to high winds, the contest was postponed by a day, but that didn’t keep the locals down. The riders were giving it their best for one last chance to prove themselves worthy the all-inclusive trip the Austrian Alps this spring. The Mellow Tour was designed to recognize the countries top amateur rider and give them the once in a life time chance to train over the off season and be coached by top international professionals at a European Summer Camp.
The competition was off to a start at 11am and it took no time at all for the riders to warm up and go off. Tian Yu was the first to impress the crowd with his switch 180 over the big kicker and Andrew was doing some crazy Nollie Front Side Tail Slides on the fun box. Yindi hit the big kicker with massive amounts of speed and a smooth boardslide over the Fun Box.
The last two stops left Quiksilver rider Andrew Wilde on top, and even though he couldn’t hold on to the gold, still came in second and took home the grand prize. The two time champion finished the day off with the most points and will take it to the Austrian streets. He is known for his insane rail tricks, most of which have no name and he can’t wait to show Europe what he’s got. There are really no words to express what he does in the park, except that the judge’s decision was unanimous that he was the best amateur rider of the Tour.
The top rider of the day was Tian Yu, from America. This kid came out of nowhere and was killing the Nokia Nanshan Mellow Park with a decently sized Back Flip over the big kicker. Cheng Jing Hui placed third after riding the park for the first time and following up with more Back Flips which seemed to be the trick of the day. Wanglei did some super nice tricks including….yet another Back Flip, but stretching it out super man style and threw in a 180 at the end! He took home the “Rocker of the Day" title for the second time and was awarded some sweet DC gear.
Li Xian Yi, Jockey Tong and Jiang Wei get honorable mention for taking part in all the stops, and giving us a good show in the final. Yindi took home the ladies title, with her new teammate Bo Yee coming in second and Zhang Hong placing third. All the winners took home sick prizes from Nokia, Quiksilver, Dakine, Deeluxe, and Gibson.
So, as the storm settles, we can all look back at the tour and reflect. The Chinese riders are seriously catching on. They will one day make their mark internationally, but for now the top 10 riders will have to settle for their spots in the 5th Red Bull Nanshan Open, where they will ride beside top professionals from all over the world and will compete for 10,000 RMB in cash.
2nd MellowPark Tour – Final Tour stop Results:
- 1. Tian Yu / USA – DIY Club
- 2. Andrew Wilde / China – Quiksilver, Gnu
- 3. Cheng Jin Hui / China – 9010
- 4. Zhang Wei / China – Nitro, T1
- 5. Ming Ming / China – Quiksilver
- 6. Ren Guoqing / China – Quiksilver, A2
- 7. Li Xianyi / China – Burton, Icon-x
- 8. Jockey Tong / China – DIY Club
- 1. Yindi / China – Roxy, Deeluxe
- 2. Bo-Yee / China – Forum, Roxy, Smith
- 3. Zhang Hong / China
Qualifiers for the 5th Red Bull Nanshan Open (January 6th 2007)
- 1. Andrew Wilde / China – Quiksilver, Gnu (Winner Mellowpark Tour)
- 2. Zhang Wei / China – Nitro, T1
- 3. Li Xixian / China – Burton
- 4. Min Min / China – Quiksilver
- 5. Ren Guoqing / China – Quiksilver
- 6. Jockey Tong / China – DIY Club
- 7. Tian Yu / USA – DIY Club
- 8. Zheng Jing Hui / China – 9010
- 9. Cui Yang / China – DIY Club
- 10. Xfox / China – Quiksilver, Gnu
All pics by Xiao Ba and Xiao Kuan