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Ocean Bowl Skate Park hosts Ocean Bowl Bash, Tues.

(June 20, 2014) The Ocean Bowl Skate Park will kick off the Ocean City Dew Tour with its fourth annual Ocean Bowl Bash Tuesday, June 24.

The party starts at 2 p.m. at the skate park on St. Louis Avenue on Third Street and continues until dark with free skate, informal skate contests, live music and local shops and industry sponsors selling their merchandise.

“It’s just a fun day. That’s all it is,” said the skate park’s manager Dave Messick. “You don’t have to skateboard. You can come hang out in the field.”

Skate contests will take place throughout the afternoon with a loose setup, though the Ocean Bowl is a mostly a free-skate event, Messick said. Some contests include the best trick and longest grind.

Local shops and industry sponsors including Quiet Storm, K-Coast, Sector Nine, Dimensions, Swirled World, Lucky Surf Shop and Ish Boutique will also be selling merchandise. Live music starts at 5 p.m. by Whiff-Wall Ride Records, Chuck Treece with Ultimate Robot DJ, Hot Sauce Sandwich, Gaffney Bros, Funk Shue and Hooplas.

Concessions will be for sale, including, fresh-squeezed drinks by Crazy 8’s.

The event formed four years ago around 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.

Rogers will have his own interactive booth at the park, giving away items and selling skateboards while he raises awareness about Grind for Life.

“He’s a cancer survivor and a skateboarder and he goes around spreading the word about it,” Messick said.

Last year, thousands made their way to the Dew Tour kickoff party, held at the world’s oldest skate park run by a municipality, Messick said.

“It’s nice to be able to do something for the Dew Tour,” he said.

The Ocean Bowl Bash is free for participants and spectators and is open to the public. All skaters under 18 must have a liability waive signed by a parent or guardian to participate.

Limited street parking will be available so the public should consider taking public transit.

Call the Ocean Bowl Skate Park at 410-289- 2695 for more information.

The Dew Tour returns for its fourth year on Ocean City’s beach June 25-29 and features skateboard and BMX events over the five days. Visit www.dewtouroc.com for more information.

Joe Genco participates in Ocean Bowl Skate Park’s third annual Ocean Bowl Bash last year. The Ocean Bowl Skate Park will kick off the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships, with its fourth Ocean Bowl Bash Tuesday, June 24.

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