NBC Sports Group will kick off the 10th Anniversary of the Dew Tour with the Dew Tour Beach Championship, June 25-29 in Ocean City, Md. One of four stops on the 2014 Dew Tour schedule, the Dew Tour Beach Championship will feature the world’s best athletes in the sports of skateboard and BMX, amateur surf and skateboard competitions and live musical performances by Cage the Elephant, SKATERS, GRiZ and heRobust.
“Over the last decade, the Dew Tour has crowned 105 champions across 21 disciplines. We made history by creating the first-ever portable concrete bowl here in Ocean City and witnessed Jamie Bestwick’s nine-year winning streak in BMX Vert,” said Eric Grilly, President, Alli Sports. “After last year’s record-breaking crowd in Ocean City, we are excited to be back to host our inaugural 10th anniversary event.”
Fans can expect to see Baltimore’s own Skateboard Vert Champion Bucky Lasek, BMX Park Champion Ryan Nyquist, nine-time BMX Vert Champion Jamie Bestwick and Skateboard Bowl Champion Pedro Barros return to Ocean City to defend their titles. A BMX legend, Nyquist continues to out-perform competitors half his age, taking home multiple Dew Tour BMX titles in both park and dirt over recent years. The dominant name in BMX vert since the inception of the Dew Tour a decade ago, Bestwick will look to maintain his place atop the podium once more. This will be the fifth year that 19-year-old Barros competes in the Dew Tour, bringing home a 1st place title in bowl the past two years. Four-time Dew Cup winner Lasek has competed in all nine previous Dew Tour seasons and will be one of a handful of skate competitors crossing over between both vert and bowl. A complete list of competing athletes can be found at DewTour.com.
“I have skated in every Dew Tour season, so the 10th anniversary is a big milestone for me,” said Baltimore-native Lasek. “There is no better way to kick off this season than coming back to my home state to defend my title and skate in one of my favorite events – bowl – which is unique to the Dew Tour Beach Championships.”
In addition to the competitions, the Tour will feature free live concerts on the beach starting Friday night with Cage the Elephant, a rock brand hailing from Bowling Green, Ky. best known for their singles “Shake Me Down” and the breakout single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” Opening for Cage the Elephant is SKATERS. Fresh from his #PowerInNumbers Tour, DJ-producer GRiZ will headline Saturday evening’s concert on the beach, with opening act heRobust.
The Dew Tour Beach Championships is a free event and open to the public. Ocean City Quick Pass and VIP Passes are available atDewTour.com, Ticketmaster.com and the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office. 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.
The complete schedule of events for the Dew Tour Beach Championships is as follows:
Wednesday, June 25th – Gates Open at 2:00 PM
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Shop Am Street Session
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Unlock the Bowl
Thursday, June 26th – Gates Open at Noon
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Skateboard Vert Semi-Final
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Am Surf Shop Final
Friday, June 27th – Gates Open at Noon
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM BMX Park Semi-Final
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Skateboard Street
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Skateboard Bowl Semi-Final
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Beach Concert Featuring SKATERS and Cage the Elephant
Saturday, June 28th – Gates Open at Noon
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM BMX Park Final
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM BMX Street
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Skateboard Vert Finals
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Concert featuring heRobust and GRiZ
Sunday, June 29th – Gates Open at Noon
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Skateboard Bowl Final
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM BMX Vert Finals
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.