Press Release:

2013 Recon Tour BMX Contest Dates and Partnerships AnnouncedRecon Tour Partners with Replay XD and Mike Spinner to Expand Tour Nationwide to East and West Coast Riders

SOLANA BEACH, CA (February 27, 2013) Hookit and Monster Energy are pleased to announce exciting additions to the Monster Army Recon Tour. Partnerships have been established with Mike Spinner and Replay XD to continue the Recon Tour’s expansion efforts to find and support the best up and coming athletes in the nation.

For 2013, the BMX contest series expands to 10 stops nationwide that will hit some of the best parks in the country. The series continues to support younger, up and coming riders in amateur age groups while industry budgets and opportunities remain tight for rider opportunities. Riders will earn points and an east and west coast champion will be crowned in each amateur divisions.

In a new Play Open division, the overall winner from each stop will receive an exclusive invite, all expense paid trip to Mike Spinner’s backyard Play BMX Compound. These top riders will compete in the Monster Army Recon Tour ‘Play AM’ Finals. The overall winner will earn Monster Army contract as well as an invite to Mike Spinner’s Pro Play event to compete against some of the best riders in the world to reveal their biggest tricks.

Monster Army Recon Tour BMX Contest Dates:East Coast Stops
3/16 – Abacoa Park – Jupiter, FL
4/13 – The Kitchen Skatepark – South Bend, IN
4/27 – The Flow – Columbus, OH
5/11 – Incline Club – Lakewood, NJ
5/25 – Animal House – Greenville, NC – East Coast Recon Finals

West Coast Stops
6/15 – Mission Valley YMCA (Clairemont) – San Diego, CA
6/29 – Lake Cunningham Park – San Jose, CA
7/20 – Premises Park – Tucson, AZ
7/27 – SkateLab – Simi Valley, CA
8/17 – Windell’s Camp – Portland, OR – West Coast Recon Finals

Monster Army Recon Tour ‘Play AM’ Finals
9/7 – Mike Spinners Backyard Compound – *Invite only event for winners of Play Open division at each stop. The winner of Recon receives an exclusive invite to Mike Spinner’s Play Pro contest

New for 2013, Hookit has brought in Monster Energy pro BMX rider Mike Spinner to help produce and host the upcoming Monster Army Recon Tour.  Spinner started his BMX career as the first rider in history to perform numerous never done before tricks. Over the years Spinner was a constant threat to earn medals at any event he chose to rip. Off the bike, Spinner is a talented showman and spokesman who has been in front of the cameras for NBC, MTV, USA and CBS. Spinner also brings new support to the Recon Tour from his longtime sponsors MovieTickets.com and Hyper Bike Co.

“As I made it pro from an amateur series, I know how important these events are to the next generation of BMX. Last year the Play Pro Contest was so awesome and I’m so excited to partner with the Recon Tour to continue the progression of the sport. This is crazy!!!” – Mike Spinner

Replay XD was a strong supporter of the Winter Recon Tour and is now expanding its involvement to become the Official HD Action Camera for the BMX tour. Replay XD will be attending every stop for onsite demos, producing insane content for the riders and supporting the sport of BMX. Check their winter edit at http://youtu.be/1EYuLoXC7Vw.

Nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes is being committed to support the Recon Riders. Monster Army is offering up its Paid to Podium cash to any rider are part of the Monster Army. $150/$100/$50 in prize money will be paid to 1st/2nd/3rd at each of the three events in select amateur divisions. For more details, visit www.monsterarmy.com/paidtopodium. Additional prizes will be given out from Hookit, Replay XD, Hyper Bike Co., MovieTickets.com and a host of other tour partners to be announced.

For more information or to register for a Monster Army Recon Tour event, please visit www.theReconTour.com/summer. To become a partner or sponsor of the tour, please call Jody Schmauss, Director of Sales & Marketing at Hookit: 888-874-3374 ext. 133 or jody@hookit.com.

About the Recon Tour
The Recon Tour was started by Hookit and Monster Energy as is an intelligence-gathering mission to find the best up and coming athletes in the nation through contests for BMX, Snowboard and Ski. We work closely with key partners to support the future of action sports and provide a better platform for the athletes to advance in their sports. For more information on the Monster Army Recon Tour, visit www.theReconTour.com. You can also follow the tour on social @recontour on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To get involved as a sponsor or partner, please contact Jody Schmauss at 888-874-3374 ext. 133 or jody@hookit.com.

About Monster Army
Most companies spend their money on ad agencies, TV commercials, radio spots, and billboards to tell you how good their products are. At Monster we choose to support the scene and our athletes. What kid dreams about landing a 9 to 5 job? We all dreamed about being pro athletes, musicians and living the life. We know it takes encouragement and support to make that dream a reality, so we created the Monster Army to back the next generation pros, the future Ricky Carmichael, Danny Kass, Ryan Villapoto, Tom Wallisch, Scott Cranmer and Nyjah Huston’s. Monster Army is our athlete development program that supports up and coming athletes ages 13-21 in moto, bike, snow, skate, surf and wake.

To join, create your profile at www.monsterarmy.com and submit an application for athlete support. If you earn rank in the program, we provide varying levels of support to get you Monster Energy product, exposure and event bonuses through our Paid to Podium program to help you get to the next level.

About Replay XD
Replay XD was designed by a group of racing professionals with over 50 years of experience in the high performance racing industry. The development team forever revolutionized Action Cameras, creating the smallest, lightest, ultra-rugged, and most versatile cameras. Replay XD Action Cameras endure and capture never before seen video from human and machine in the most extreme environments on Earth. We create the finest Action Cameras on the Planet. http://www.replayxd.com(805) 480-9800. Facebook, Twitter,Youtube

About Hookit
Hookit is the promoter and operator of the Recon Tour and is the most powerful digital marketing platform for action sports. Monster Energy, Dunlop, SPY, Recon Tour, Jeremy McGrath, Aaron Gwin, Ryan Guettler and over a million other athletes, brands, spots, events and media partners use Hookit. We exist to support the athletes by plugging them into our growing network. Join the Movement — find Hookit on your phone or www.hookit.com.