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Ocean Bowl Bash on tap for Wed.

By Liz Lane

Intern

(June 14, 2013) The Ocean Bowl Skate Park will host its third annual Ocean Bowl Bash on Wednesday, June 19 and Manager Dave Messick is calling it a “Dew Tour kick-off party.”

The event at the Third Street skate park will begin at 2 p.m. and run until about 9 p.m. Messick said it is free for participants and spectators and is open to everyone. Local shops and industry sponsors will also be selling merchandise and three bands will perform, including McRad, a punk-rock band featuring professional skater Chuck Treece, Hoopla and PTV.

“There are so many different faces interacting all day,” Messick said. “Locals and visitors alike come out. It’s hard to put an exact number on it but I would say thousands.”

Skating competitions and contests will be held throughout the afternoon and Messick said they will have a “loose” set up. The number of contests will depend on how many participants enter that day. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

The event will benefit Grind for Life, an organization that provides financial assistance to cancer patients traveling long distances to see doctors. The organization was founded in 2003 by professional skateboarder Mike Rogers after his second battle with sarcoma cancer.

“We’re excited to have everybody come out and to also benefit Grind for Life,” Messick said. “We want the kids to have a fun day, especially the ones who use the facility every day.”

The Ocean Bowl Bash will take place the day before the Dew Tour begins on Thursday, June 20. Messick said the bash is a way for young skaters to get excited about the beach tournament and that Dew Tour professional athletes are welcome to attend.

For more information call the Ocean Bowl Skate Park at 410-289- 2695.

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