During this past weekend, records were set in Ocean City, MD while the Dew Tour was in town. Despite heat indexes of over 115 degrees, people young and old came together to downtown Ocean City to see the legends of extreme sports compete in the town’s first ever Dew Tour. It was estimated there were over seventy thousand people who attended the event, making this one of the largest Dew Tours since 2005.
Locals and visitors alike attended the competition and were able to meet and mingle with some of the professionals of the Dew Tour. On Thursday, Shaun While was seen on the boardwalk for an interview and as soon as the cameras powered off, he continued to sign autographs and take pictures with some of his young fans. Bucky Lasek was seen at Fisher’s Popcorn on Sunday during a rain delay. He was scooping popcorn and signing autographs for his fans. He said he did this at Fisher’s Popcorn because they were a huge help at “Commotion down at the Ocean”, a Grind for Life charity event to raise money in the fight against cancer.
Many of the athletes talked about how they enjoy being at the beach for their first Dew Tour of the year. Professional Skateboarder, Bob Burnquist, mentioned after a Fuel TV interview that he loves the sand in Ocean City and that it is exactly like the sand in Rio, where he was raised. He also talked about how he got the chance to skate the Ocean City Skateboard Bowl and felt honored to skate such an old bowl that is so near and dear to many locals.
Throughout the competition, the boardwalk shops saw great business from all of the Dew Tour’s spectators. The town enjoyed having such a big event that focused on well rounded athletes that brought in a huge following. All of the shops and hotels support bring back the Dew Tour in upcoming years.
Not only did Ocean City have such a high attendance in record breaking heat, this beach also had a few of the Dew Tour’s firsts. Ocean City had the first ever Surf Competition for the Dew Tour. Local and visiting surfer professionals competed at the inlet for the title. Professional surfer Evan Geiselman won the event with local Vince Boulanger following as runner up.
The Dew Tour also brought another brand new thing to Ocean City, MD, a transportable concrete skateboard bowl designed by professional skateboarder Chris Miller. The skateboarders of the competition enjoyed skating something so innovative and new. The skaters brought the fire when they competed in this bowl. Pedro Barros took first followed by Bucky Lasek in second and Ben Hatchell in third.
Other events included BMX Park, BMX Vert, and Skateboard Vert competitions. The winner of BMX Park was Kyle Baldock followed by Dennis Enarson in second and Ryan Nyquist in third. The winner of BMX Vert was Jamie Bestwick followed by Chad Kagy in second and Simon Tabron in third. Lastly, the winner of the Skateboard Vert was Bucky Lasek followed by Pierre-Luc Gagnon in second and Shaun White in third.
During the Dew Tour, there were plenty of free activities for people who did have tickets and for those who didn’t. The Village Festival opened everyday during the Dew Tour starting at 11am. The Village had plenty of sponsor tents giving away free stuff like make your own sunglasses, slurpee coupons, lanyards, and much more. The Dew Tour also brought Kid Cudi to Ocean City for a free concert on the beach. On that Saturday, the Kid Cudi concert crowded the beach with people of all ages.
The Dew Tour was one of the biggest events that has came to Ocean City, MD. The town and the people local to the area enjoyed the Dew Tour being here and look forward to it possibly coming to Ocean City again.