Who Will Breakthrough?

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Paul Mitchell Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

The Paul Mitchell Breakthrough Athlete of the Year award will be awarded to the athlete who has the potential to surpass expectation during the season. It may be the dark horse athlete who has an unexpected moment, or a season that launched his career. It is something that sets the bar for a new level of achievement. The award winner will get a $5,000 Paul Mitchell sponsorship next year. Not too shabby.

So how does this all work? Skateboard and BMX athletes have been preselected by Alli sport organizers for their potential to become the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year this season. Read the athlete profiles below, and cast your pick for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Your votes will then be tallied at the 4th and final Dew Tour stop this season in Las Vegas. Each pro Dew Tour athlete will also cast their votes in Las Vegas, and the Paul Mitchell Breakthrough Athlete of the Year award winner will then be announced at the Dew Cup Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 16th.

Congratulations to the 2011 Paul Mitchell Breakthrough Athlete of The Year, Vince Byron


Craig Mast

Craig Mast isn't one of those BMX'ers who started out racing and made the switch to freestyle. He's always been at home in the park, and learned his first trick as a kid on a box jump in his own backyard. He's from Warren, OH but like many of the BMX greats, he made the move to Greenville, NC, where all the pros get together to ride the ramps in a trend started by Dave Mirra himself.

Jeremiah Smith

He may get mistaken for Shaun White from time to time, but it's definitely all about BMX for Jeremiah Smith. He's got a mastery of tricks and a creative approach that sets him apart from other riders. He advanced to every BMX Park final last Dew Tour season and will be one to watch this year.

Pat Casey

Pat Casey is another young star changing the sport of BMX through his progressive riding. Last season at only 16 years he was already winning contests and making his presence known in the industry. This Southern California rider is no stranger to the park scene, and he has a few contest wins under his belt as proof.

Ronaldo Gomes

Look to this young Brazilian vert powerhouse to breathe new life into the sport. He's got technical skills to battle against the veterans of the sport. With a very competitive field among the skateboard vert soldiers, Gomes is one who can hold his own and start inching his way closer to the podium.

Vince Byron

Vince Byron is one of the emerging stars of BMX vert and he made every single Dew Tour vert final last season. Look for the native Australian to blast giant airs on vert and his skills carry over to the park course too. He splits his time between Brisbane and Greenville, NC and when you watch him ride, it's not surprising to learn he used to be a gymnast.

Tyler Hendley

Tyler Hendley was born in Mission Viejo, California and he surfs, he snowboards, he skates, he rides motorbikes, and he's good on all of them. Tyler got an early start due to his dad putting him on a surfboard and on a skateboard by the age of four. Take one look at his flow and it's apparent his talent runs deep. He has a backside bigflip that'll have your head spinning along with his board, and he's made it count on the contest circuit.

Sam Beckett

The UK's Sam Beckett was new to the Dew Tour's skateboard vert competition last season, and the intensity of the competition made a big impression on the teen from Norwich, England. He worked his way up the ranks as an am with back-to-back 540s and flip tricks on lockdown. Now with a season of Dew Tour competition under his belt, he's literally living his dream as a professional skateboarder competing against the top names in the sport. If he had a million dollars, he says he'd build a vert ramp in his backyard, and when that day comes expect even bigger, stylish tricks out of him.