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EPIC alive with scooters when Madd Gear visits

Deep West Tour
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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There was plenty of scooter excitement at Rocklin?s EPIC Indoor Skatepark recently when the Madd Gear 2012 Deep West Tour arrived to demonstrate their equipment and skills and invite the dozens of boys and girls to ride their scooters. The 36,500-square-foot facility was virtually alive with scooter and skateboard riders cursing over the runways, ramps and jumps for full afternoon of fun. Team Madd Gear Pro USA then gave away a scooter as a special prize. ?I got into scooter riding 8 years ago,? said Anthony ?Twan? Bustos, the tour manager. ?My parents bought me a scooter instead of a skateboard.? Although Bustos, 24, makes his home in San Diego, he said since joining Madd Gear he only spends about 30 days a year there. He said Madd Gear, an Australian-based enterprise, has sent him to the United Kingdom, Scotland, Germany, Spain and Australia. He began doing the tours about three years ago. The Deep West Tour began last month in Long Beach and will conclude July 9 in Vista. The troupe has made stops in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. ?Madd Gear is the No. 1 brand out there right now,? said Bustos. He said it has been accepted as a part of the X Games, although as a sport it is quite young. Joining the tour at EPIC was Sacramento?s Kennedy Cruz. ?I ride everyday of the week. I work myself until I can?t ride anymore,? said Cruz, who turns 18 next month. ?This is my first opportunity to get out there and prove myself.? Other than Bustos, the tour members range in age from 19 to15. They are considered the best scooter riders in the United States. Bustos said the company also selects them based on their appeal as role models wherever they visit. Besides being the team manager, Bustos is also the photographer, video editor and spokesman at each event. More on Madd Gear can be found at MaddGear.com or Facebook.com/MaddGear.MGP. They are also on YouTube.com/MGPActionSports. Madd Gear 2012 Deep West Tour Traveling Members ? Home State Anthony ?Twan? Bustos ? California Tyler ?T-Bone? Bonner ? Washington Capron ?Capronee? Funk ? California Joe ?Dutch? Armstrong ? New Jersey Collin ?Raw Dog? Silva ? New Jersey Peter ?Slippery Pete? Jungsberger ? New Jersey Jeremy ?J-Beau? Beau ? California Gus ?Guzzyscoots? Rymer ? New York Kennedy Cruz of Sacramento joined the tour at EPIC Indoor Skatepark