Kevin Peraza Claims First Place
Kevin Peraza took first place and $5,000 today at the Vans Off the Wall BMX Invitational which kicked off Friday, August 23 during the 51st Annual ECSC Beach Festival in Virginia Beach. Due to strong wind conditions and safety precautions, final winners were determined by Friday’s heated qualifiers race, where Kevin Peraza rivaled runner-up Daniel Sandoval in a fierce battle between two new-school, tech rippers. Landing massive bar spins and tail whip combinations and reaching impressive heights, the top three finalists, including Vans’ own Ryan Guettler in third place, brought high-level BMX action to Virginia Beach once again.
Preceding an exciting closing demo, Vans honored BMX rider Brett Banasiewicz, who was severely injured during last year’s BMX competition. Steve Van Doren presented Brett, accompanied by his family, a custom Vans guitar along with a matching first place prize of $5,000. Brett’s condition continues to improve and Vans wishes the best for the Banasiewicz family.
Final Top Three
1. Kevin Peraza (Tucson, Arizona) - $5,000
2. Daniel Sandoval (Corona, CA) - $3,750
3. Ryan Guettler (Beenleigh, AUS) - $3,000
The 51st Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships presented by Vans wraps up Sunday, August 25th with skate and BMX demos on the beach alongside the oldest surf contest in North America and the second longest continuously run surf contest in the world.
For more information on the Vans Off The Wall BMX Invitational and the full schedule of events, visit http://www.vans.com/ecsc Use h.ashtag #ecsc to post photos on the website and keep track of live updates during the festival. To learn more about the Vans BMX team, visit vans.com/bmx.