The Dew Tour today announced that it will return to Maryland this summer, opening its season in Ocean City July 21-24.
The action sports tour, which features skateboarding, BMX and other extreme sports, was staged outside of Camden Yards in 2007, returned in 2008 but went in another direction in 2009.
Ocean City will feature the tour's first beachfront event and will mark the official start for the 2011 season. The tour will continue on to Portland (Aug. 11-14), Salt Lake City (Sept. 8-11) and conclude in Las Vegas (Oct. 13-16) with the Dew Tour Championships and year-end Dew Cup Awards ceremony.
Taking a new approach to skateboarding for the 2011 season, street courses will include concrete elements and be designed in conjunction with well-known skate construction companies including California Skateparks. In addition, the Tour will feature skate bowl contests.
"I am looking forward to skating new and improved Dew Tour courses," Mountain Dew skate athlete Paul Rodriguez said in a statement. "I think it's great they've decided to change up the contest, and it should definitely help to showcase everyone's talent."
Situated on the beach for the first time in the Dew Tour's seven years, the Ocean City stop will provide a unique setting for the East Coast leg and will feature several new attributes including a skate bowl contest and surf competition.
"Returning to Portland, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas has set the stage for another successful season, and we're thrilled to bring Ocean City into the mix of supportive hosts," Chris Prybylo, Dew Tour general manager, said in a statement. "With the great support we have already received from the mayor, city council, special events department and the tourism board, we know this kick-off event will be a huge success."
The 2010 Dew Cup champions include Chaz Ortiz (skateboard park), Pierre-Luc Gagnon (skate vert), Daniel Dhers (BMX park), Jamie Bestwick (BMX vert) and Brandon Dosch (BMX dirt).
The event attracted an announced 52,502 spectators to the Camden Yards site in 2008, down from 54,907 in 2007 but still a strong figure, according to tour officials. City leaders estimated that the Dew Tour brought about $10 million in economic impact to Baltimore.