Dew Tour Beach Championships return to OC

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014 by

(June 20, 2014) The countdown to Dew Tour action has begun as workers this week started constructing a skateboard bowl, vertical ramp, and a BMX park, along with the rest of the venue that will contain the “Dew Tour Experience” booths, activities and concert stage.

“They’re starting to put everything in place. To see how they erect a stadium like that in such a short amount of time is incredible,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “[Dew Tour] has become one of our signature events. A lot of people are looking forward to it…Many people plan their vacations around when Dew Tour will be here.”

The Dew Tour Beach Championships, scheduled June 25-29, will take place on the beach, adjacent to the Boardwalk, just north of the pier in downtown Ocean City.

“When we set out to find a ‘beach’ locale for the Dew Tour, everything came together in Ocean City. The relationships we have with the mayor’s office, city council and all the city departments help bring to life what has become our biggest single event to date, with record attendance,” said Eric Grilly, president of Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group. “We also love fitting into the overall cultural landscape of Ocean City, utilizing the natural environment to incorporate events like surf, skateboard bowl and the skate shop battle: city vs. city, which draws competitors from across the region, into the competition.”

This is the fourth year the Dew Tour will host competitions in the resort.

During its Ocean City debut in 2011, the Pantech Open set a Dew Tour attendance record by drawing approximately 73,000 fans during its four-day run in the resort, July 21-24— its first beachfront venue. That record was broken in 2012 as an estimated 93,000 spectators came out to the beach for the Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships, Aug. 16-19.

The Dew Tour, with its world-class athletes, returned to Ocean City for the third year in 2013, and again, a new attendance record was set. Over the course of five days, June 19-23, an estimated 103,000 fans attended the Dew Tour Beach Championships. It was the first time the Dew Tour hosted more than 100,000 attendees at a single event.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Dew Tour back in Ocean City for their inaugural 10th anniversary event,” said Jessica Waters, Ocean City’s communications manager. “Last year, the Beach Championships in Ocean City brought record-breaking crowds and I believe there is no better place for extreme sports fans to celebrate the last decade of the Dew Tour than the beautiful beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City.”

When asked if he is looking forward to bringing the Dew Tour back to Ocean City, Grilly said “absolutely.”

“[This year] marks the 10th anniversary of the Dew Tour, so it’s a very exciting year overall for us, and we love the thought of kicking it off in Ocean City…After the success of our first three events in Ocean City, it was a natural decision for us to return for 2014,” he said. “Last year in Ocean City we saw our highest attended event in Dew Tour history with more than 103,000 people and are hoping to sustain the excitement coming into 2014.”

Events scheduled for Ocean City Beach Championships include Skate Vert, Bowl and Street Session, BMX Park, Vert and Street Session, Shop Battle: City vs. City and Surf Shop Showdown.

“This is the first year we’ve updated our concrete bowl, so fans have the chance to experience the first time the athletes ride the new set-up and create their new runs,” Grilly said. “With the best names in the sports confirmed for the Dew Tour, crowd favorites like vert and BMX park are sure to astound once again…”

In addition to the competitions, the Dew Tour will feature free live concerts on the beach starting next Friday night with Cage the Elephant, a rock brand from Bowling Green, Ky. best known for its singles “Shake Me Down” and  “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” Opening for Cage the Elephant will be SKATERS. DJ-producer GRiZ will headline the June 28 concert on the beach, with opening act heRobust.

“For five days, we’re taking over the beach just north of the pier. The Dew Tour is a great family-friendly event, with free general admission, and plenty to experience – you get the chance to watch inspiring athletes compete at the top level of their sport, and in our Dew Tour Experience, you also have the opportunity to meet them and get autographs, as well as play games, win great prizes and interact with our partner brands,” Grilly said. “Add in our evening events – a surf competition, and live concerts Friday and Saturday – and you can find something for everyone at the Beach Championships.”

Waters said she is “extremely excited” about the Dew Tour returning to Ocean City.

“I have never participated in extreme sports myself, but I must admit, something about the energy of watching the BMX and skateboarding athletes compete that instantly makes you a fan of the sport,” she said. “Not to mention, watching the exciting competitions unfold with a backdrop like the Ocean City beach and Boardwalk makes the thrill of the event even more exciting.”

With two small children and a young nephew, who skateboards, Waters said she plans on attending many competitions.

“The Dew Tour is really a family event and not only do the kids enjoy the excitement but the parents get really into the event as well,” she said. “There is an energy about the Dew Tour Beach competitions that is hard to explain unless you have experienced it before…it’s invigorating, exciting and always a memorable event for our residents and visitors.”

Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, is also looking forward to the return of the Dew Tour.

“Having two teenage daughters, I’m sure we will make it down to see the action,” she said.

Meehan also plans on watching several competitions.

“I enjoy going. They’re world-class athletes and it’s amazing what they can do,” he said.

The Dew Tour Beach Championships is a free event and open to the public. Ocean City Quick Pass and VIP Passes are available at DewTour.com, Ticketmaster.com and the Ocean City convention center box office on 40th Street.

Ocean City Quick Pass options include a Friday Day Pass for $20, a Saturday BMX Park Pass for $20 and a Sunday Skateboard Bowl Pass for $20.

For the first time, VIP Passes are also available for $200 per day.

“Another first for the Beach Championships is our new way of experiencing it all. With our exclusive VIP tickets, we’re offering viewing from a new vantage point that puts you eye level with the athletes flying out of the vert ramp, and a birds eye view of the entire BMX park course and skate bowl,” Grilly said. “Pairing this with perks like light catering and Pepsi products makes for a one-of-a-kind Dew Tour access we’ve never provided the public before.”

The 2014 Dew Tour will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and DewTour.com/live on the NBC Sports Live Extra platform. Dew Tour’s dedicated digital platform will stream live competitions and bring consumers exclusive Dew Tour action, interviews and behind-the-scenes access on desktops, mobile device and tablets.

The complete 2014 Dew Tour schedule:

Dew Tour Beach Championships, June 25-29, Ocean City

Toyota City Championships, Aug. 16-17, Portland, Ore.

Toyota City Championships, Sept. 20-21, House of Vans – Brooklyn, N.Y

iON Mountain Championships, Dec. 11-14, Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.

For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.

Confirmed athletes for Dew Tour Beach Championships

BMX PARK

Armour, Rob

Baldock, Kyle

Bezanson, Drew

Bruce, Nick

Buckworth, Andy

Casey, Pat

Cranmer, Scotty

Dhers, Daniel

Enarson, Dennis

Fernengel, Tyler

Main, Harry

Martin, Logan

Meyn, Todd

Nyquist, Ryan

Peraza, Kevin

Reynolds, Garrett

Sandoval, Daniel

Varga, Mike

Wade, Morgan

Young, Gary

 

BMX VERT

Bestwick, Jamie

Byron, Vince

Kagy, Chad

Larrin, Mykel

McCann, Steve

Newman, Zach

Satterfield, Colton

Tabron, Simon

Walker, Jimmy

Zurita, “Coco” Francisco

 

BMX STREET

SESSION

Churchill, Stevie

Enarson, Dennis

Hoffmann, Bruno

Kachinsky, Brian

Lacey, Dan

Morrow, Ty

Reynolds, Garrett

Roche, Dakota

Sexton, Sean

Smith, Jeremiah

 

SKATE BOWL

Barros, Pedro

Borden, Josh

Burnquist, Bob

Caltabiano, Felipe

Dias, Sandro

Hassan, Omar

Hatchell, Ben

Juneau, Cory

Kowalski, Kevin

Lasek, Bucky

Macdonald, Andy

McClain, Brad

Munroe, Nolan

Rennie, Tristan

Rodriguez, Josh

Schaar, Tom

Sorgente, Alex

Wood, Trey

 

 

SKATE VERT

Bastos, Marcelo

Beckett, Sam

Brusco, Mitchie

Burnquist, Bob

Dias, Sandro

Gagnon, Pierre-Luc

Gomes, Ronaldo

Juneau, Cory

Lasek, Bucky

Macdonald, Andy

Mayer, Danny

Munroe, Nolan

Perelson, Alex

Ronchetti, Paul Luc

Rose, Zac

Schaar, Tom

Schwan, Jono

Sloan, Elliot

Stafford, Josh

Wilkins, Jimmy

 

SKATE STREET SESSION

Bachinsky, Dave

Beasley, Theotis

Fellers, Sierra

Hoffart, Jordan

Hoefler, Kelvin

Knuth, Timmy

Lutzka, Greg

Shetler, Anthony

 

As of June 12, subject to change

DEW TOUR SCHEDULE: 

Wednesday, June 25

Gates open at 2 p.m.

2-4 p.m.–Skate Bowl practice

2-4 p.m.–BMX Park practice

2-4 p.m.–Skate Vert practice

3:30-4:30 p.m.– Shop Battle: City vs. City

Thursday, June 26

Gates open at noon

5:30–7:30 p.m.–Skate Vert

semifinal

8–10 p.m.– Surf Shop Showdown presented by Sanuk

 

Friday, June 27

Gates open at noon

1:30-3:30 p.m.–BMX Park semifinal

4-4:45 p.m.– Skate Street Session

6-8 p.m.–Skate Bowl semifinal

9-11 p.m. – Concert featuring SKATERS and Cage the Elephant

 

Saturday, June 28

Gates open at noon

1-3 p.m. – BMX Park final

4-4:45 p.m.– BMX Street Session

5:30-7 p.m.– Skateboard Vert

finals

9-11 p.m.– Concert featuring

heRobust and GRiZ

 

Sunday, June 29

Gates open at noon

2-4 p.m.– Skateboard Bowl final

5-6:30 p.m.– BMX Vert finals

*Subject to change

Workers are in the process of constructing a skateboard bowl, vertical ramp, and a BMX park, along with the rest of the venue that will contain the “Dew Tour Experience” booths, activities and concert stage on the beach, adjacent to the Boardwalk, just north of the pier in downtown Ocean City. This was the scene Wednesday evening. (Below) Soon, spectators will fill the stadiums–pictured is the 2013 Skate Bowl venue–for the Dew Tour Beach Championships, scheduled June 25-29.

Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.


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