Dew Tour top 5

From Sheckler to sun, lots of shiny moments

June 23, 2008|By STEFEN LOVELACE

The highlights of the weekend's Dew Tour at Camden Yards:

Sheckler the star

Ryan Sheckler, 18-year-old Skateboard Park competitor and MTV celebrity, again took first place in the event. The three-time Dew Cup winner had droves of fans filling the stands in hopes of just getting a glimpse of him, making the Skateboard Park event the most packed of any this weekend.

Other activities

For those wanting to take a break from seeing crazy tricks, the festival offered a great alternative. Sony had a truck filled with PlayStation consoles for free gaming, and booths from national and local businesses were set up with activities and giveaways.

Inspiring recovery

A year after BMX Dirt rider Stephen Murray had a horrific crash that injured his spinal cord and vertebrae, Murray was on the sidelines of this year's event. Baltimore fans gave him a standing ovation, and fellow rider and friend TJ Lavin debuted his song dedicated to Murray, "Survivor," on the big screen.

Sweet homecoming

Baltimore native and Skateboard Vert competitor Bucky Lasek lobbied hard last year to get the Dew Tour to come to Baltimore. He succeeded, and this weekend he thrilled the hometown fans. Dressed in a white Orioles jersey with "Lasek" printed on the back, the skater took first place in the Vert final.

Weather cooperates

Mother Nature was uncharacteristically kind this weekend. It was sunny the entire time without one drop of rain.

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