Summer Dew Tour Skateboard Competition in Long Beach Stacked with the World’s Best Street and Bowl Skaters
May 9, 2017 (CARLSBAD, Calif.)— Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network announced their initial athlete lineup and details around Dew Tour’s summer skateboard competition and festival coming to Long Beach, Calif. June 15-18 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Top pro skaters including Sean Malto, Ryan Sheckler, Curren Caples, Pedro Barros, Chris Russell, Theotis Beasley and more will be competing in the four-day weekend competition featuring new individual Pro Bowl and Amateur Street and Bowl competitions, along with returning individual Pro Street and Team Challenge competitions. The weekend is FREE and open to the public.
More than 50 top pro skaters from around the world will compete at Dew Tour this year. Fan favorites in the new individual Pro Bowl competition include Calif. local and Mountain Dew athlete Curren Caples (who will also compete in Street), Pedro Barros, Chris Russell, Kevin Kowalski and Cody Lockwood. Dew Tour’s individual Street competitors include the talents of last year’s overall champion Ryan Sheckler, Mountain Dew athlete Sean Malto, Louie Lopez and Ryan Decenzo. For the Team Challenge, nine of the industry’s top endemic brands including Blind, Flip, Plan B, Element, Baker, Santa Cruz, Chocolate and more will be battling for team glory on the Street course. Team Challenge skaters including TJ Rogers (Blind), Mountain Dew athlete Theotis Beasley (Baker) and Raven Tershy (Chocolate).
“To be surrounded by such ruthless talent among your teammates and peers, it got the guys super excited to compete,” said Bill Weiss, Blind’s Team Captain, of last year’s inaugural Dew Tour Team Challenge. “While they were motivated to compete in their set part of the course, cheering on their teammates reinvigorated that feeling of adrenaline. It’s a cool dynamic. We can’t wait for this year’s event.”
For the first time ever, Dew Tour is giving amateur skaters the opportunity to join in on the action and compete in Long Beach by submitting an entry using the Podium Skate app. Podium Skate is a new app created by CA Productions that allows skaters to upload their footage and be ranked by Dew Tour’s pro judges for their only chance to be invited to the competition in June. After a fan-based scoring round, the Dew Tour Pro Judging panel will score the top submissions and determine the final rankings and the top 44 Street skaters and 48 Bowl skaters will be selected to compete. Another set of amateurs will also be invited via the Dew Tour Shop Showdown. Now in its third year, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING hosts the Dew Tour Shop Showdown video contest on skateboarding.com. Sixteen shops submit video edits which are then set up in a bracket competition format; fan voting and expert analysis decide on a winning team of four who will compete in the Amateur Street competition.
Each section of the four-part course focuses on different areas of skateboarding. The Tech Section will be made up of flat rails, manual pads and ledges, while the Gap Section will include a large assortment of gaps for athletes to get creative. The Rail Section will encompass varying rail sizes, from small to colossal, and the brand new Bowl will nearly double in size from last year, offering a wider berth for flow, along with corners and extensions. The individual Pro and Amateur Street competitions will utilize the Tech, Gap and Rail sections of the course, whereas the Team Challenge competition will utilize all four courses. The Bowl will also be home to new individual Pro and Amateur competitions. The layout of the courses offer an easy flow for spectators who rotate to the different sections along with the athletes as they compete.
To see the most up-to-date athlete lineup, competition schedule and action-packed video content of both the teams and individual skaters, visit Dewtour.com, download the updated free Dew Tour App Presented by Motorola, and follow on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube @DewTour. New videos revealing the individual competitors are dropping on Dewtour.com daily.