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By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
As the Pantech Open draws closer and excitement begins to rise, even the casual sports fan will surely be making plans to check out the action. But if you're not a hardcore action sports fans, you may want to carve out some time to brush up on your Dew Tour dictionary. Here at the OC Blog, we've got you covered. Below are a few basic terms you'll be hearing throughout the Dew Tour weekend. SKATE -Half-pipe : A structure that typically has a flat bottom and curved sides and is used to do most of the gravity-defying tricks in skateboarding, as well as BMX. -Ollie : The action that propels the skater and the board into the air. It involves slamming the tail of the board, while simultaneously jumping and sliding your front foot up the grip tape towards the nose of the board.
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By Jessica E. Evans, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
If the Dew Tour has put you in the mood to try something a little more extreme than your usual beach routine, Michelle Sommers has just the thing. Sommers is giving women the opportunity to check off learning how to surf from their bucket list with lessons specifically tailored to them. The Fenwick Island resident said she began offering the lessons because surfing is a male-dominated sport and that can sometimes makes women feel intimidated. "I think women feel more comfortable with other women teaching them because we are close in age and understand similar fears," says Sommers, adding that lessons with a woman can take away the intimidation factor.
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June 20, 2008
What -- AST Dew Tour's Panasonic Open When -- Yesterday-Sunday Where -- Camden Yards Sports Complex Today -- BMX Vert final, 4:30 p.m.; BMX Dirt final, 7:30 p.m. Good Charlotte concert, 9 p.m. Tickets -- Available through Ticketmaster now or through M&T Bank Stadium on the day of the event. Four-day pass, $35; daily, $15; daily children (12 and younger), $7.50; reserved seating, $35; premium seating, $100. TV -- Friday, midnight-1 a.m. [USA]; Saturday, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. [chs. 11, 4]
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By Jessica E. Evans, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
There was sunshine and good times over the weekend as an estimated 250,000 visitors swarmed Ocean City, with nearly half in town to attend the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships. This is the fourth consecutive year the city has hosted the extreme sports event and organizers said more than 100,000 turned out to watch the athletes take on challenging courses on the beach. "It was a wonderful event," said Jessica Waters, Ocean City communications manager. "We are really pleased with the outcome and the weather couldn't have been better.
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By Andrew Bahl and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
The 2014 Dew Tour will return to Ocean City for the fourth consecutive year, organizers announced Monday . While the remainder of the schedule has yet to be announced, the Ocean City event, scheduled to run from June 25-29, will kick off the 10th incarnation of the Dew Tour. “The continued support of the city for the past three years sets us up for an exciting return to Ocean City during our 10 th Anniversary season,” Eric Grilly, President of Alli Sports, which operates the tour, said in a news release.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2011
How do you like your water towers, naked or with an artful promotional message painted on the side? That's a question the Ocean City Town Council will consider at tonight's meeting, when a proposal to paint a logo on the Worcester Street water tower is expected to be on the agenda. Tourism officials are considering a request from Alli Sports, organizers of the Dew Tour, to paint the tour's logo on the side of the water tower. The logo would read 'Welcome to Ocean City, Proud Home of the Dew Tour" and would stay in place year-round.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2011
It's Dew time in OC and the town is kicking it off with some pre-tour festivities, starting with tomorrow's Commotion Down The Ocean at the Ocean Bowl Skate Park. The free event will feature amateur skateboard competitions plus an opportunity to gawk at some of the extreme sports celebrities in town for the Dew Tour aka Pantech Open. Appearances by athletes Bucky Lasek (of Dundalk), Andy Macdonald, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Adama Taylor, Elliot Sloan and other Dew Tour pros.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
A record 73,000 fans watched athletes compete over four days in The Dew Tour's Pantech Open in Ocean City. The attendance broke records for the tour, becoming the biggest crowd in the history of the Dew Tour, according to officials from Ocean City and Alli Sports, organizer of the tour.  Ocean City officials said the weekend population of the Maryland resort town was more than 320,000, up about 7 percent from the corresponding weekend in 2010. “It was great to see all the families turn out to see these amazing athletes compete,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
Beginning Monday, Ocean City will be all about the Dew, Dew, Dew. That's the extreme sports Dew Tour, of course, which opens here on July 21. In preparation for what is sure to be a huge event, the city will start setting up the beachside venue, which will span the beach from north of the pier to Caroline Street, adjacent to the boardwalk. The set-up will include a vert ramp, skateboard bowl and a BMX park, plus a festival village. City officials said to lessen the impact to beachgoers, equipment for the set-up will be brought in during the early morning hours, from midnight to 6 a.m. However, construction will take place during the day and probably last right up until the event.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2011
The week ended and Michael Lohan still doesn't have a place for his party. Boo hoo. His much promoted party was so toxic it was canceled within hours of its announcement on this blog. In other news, the Dew Tour is expected to draw over 50,000 people to Ocean City this weekend. Even if is skateboarding is still prohibited by the city. Marquee Lounge was reviewed . The Don't Know Tavern settlement may not go to the plaintiffs' lawyer after all. Silver Spring's new Fillmore theater has an opening date, and Mary J. Blige will be on hand for the grand opening.
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By Paul Pierre-Louis, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Before BMX rider Jamie Bestwick could hop on his bike and spend time doing what he loves most, he had to go to work. Starting at 16, Bestwick spent 12 years working various jobs to earn his living. He was a ceramic tiler, then worked at a chocolate factory and then at an airplane engine repair company. Back then, BMX was just a hobby - a part-time job, at best - that he couldn't get off his mind. “Every day, I would go to work and I would work this job, but all I would sit there thinking about was riding my bike,” said Bestwick, who will compete today at the Dew Tour Beach Championships in Ocean City.
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By Andrew Bahl and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
The 2014 Dew Tour will return to Ocean City for the fourth consecutive year, organizers announced Monday . While the remainder of the schedule has yet to be announced, the Ocean City event, scheduled to run from June 25-29, will kick off the 10th incarnation of the Dew Tour. “The continued support of the city for the past three years sets us up for an exciting return to Ocean City during our 10 th Anniversary season,” Eric Grilly, President of Alli Sports, which operates the tour, said in a news release.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
Ocean City began the summer with high hopes for a blockbuster season, fueled by a newly rebuilt fishing pier, the return of the Dew Tour and the possibility of an influx of tourists from northern beaches ravaged by superstorm Sandy. But nature had a different vision: rain and lots of it. "It's been a noticeably slower summer, and that's mostly because of the weather," said G. Jordan, manager of Treasure Island Sunglasses, who has worked on the Boardwalk for five years. "The ocean is supposed to offer sun," and when it doesn't, he said, people go elsewhere.
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By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
Baltimore native Bucky Lasek took first place in the Dew Tour's skateboard vert competition, handily winning Saturday afternoon in Ocean City as the extreme sports event took center stage on Maryland's shore.   Lasek, who also took first in the skate bowl semi-final on Friday, with last year's winner Pedro Barros right behind him, said yesterday that he planned to focus on the vert before getting to work on the skate bowl finals, which take place Sunday. “I gotta concentrate on vert, where Pedro can come over here and concentrate on bowl all day [Saturday]
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By Laren Hughes, For The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Cha-ching. Ah, the sweet sound of cash registers opening and closing. That sound will be heard throughout Ocean City this weekend as thousands of people file into the resort for the third annual Dew Tour. The extreme sports event spans four days and brings some of the best skaters and BMX riders in the world to Maryland's coast. Kathy Enste, who owns Dandy Don's Bike Rentals on Atlantic Avenue with her husband, Don, said business is always better when the Dew Tour is in town. "The weather looks absolutely perfect for this weekend, which means more customers to ride bikes," she said.
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
When skateboarder Tom Schaar first stared down the great tongue of a vert ramp, he lurched forward and sent his tiny body tumbling down. "He was 6," recalled Schaar's mother, Regan, chuckling over the phone from Ocean City , where her 13-year-old son will compete in this weekend's Dew Tour. That day, seven years ago, Baltimore native Bucky Lasek was in Orange County, Calif., overseeing his skateboarding camp. Schaar was one of the participants who had to show the ability to roll down the ramp before joining the camp - a practice typically done on a board.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2011
The Dew Tour aka The Pantech Open gets underway tomorrow on the beach in Ocean City. (If you stop in at the AT&T store at Ocean Gateway today from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., you can meet Dundalk's own Bucky Lasek.) Tickets are still available. General admission is $24 on Friday and $29 on Saturday and Sunday. Action zone tickets are $100 per day. And if you purchase a Fri-Sun ticket, you get Thursday admission free. Also, Pantech is giving away free tickets here. Admission is free to the festival village, the Friday night surf contest and the Saturday Kid Cudi concert.
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By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
The Dew Tour is coming to Ocean City two months earlier than last year in hopes of catching bigger waves, and the town will be packed with extreme-sports fans paying homage to this shrine to surfing, skateboarding and BMX. The five-day competition next weekend gives visitors a chance to see some of the most difficult tricks performed by the top professionals. It's all about their incredible balance, coordination and refusal to obey gravity. And about bringing throngs of fans to the shops and eateries at the beach: The 2012 event drew 90,000 visitors and organizers are hoping to top that number this year.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
The Dew Tour Beach Championships brings the action to Ocean City this week for the third year in a row. The extreme sports competition includes events in BMX, skateboarding and surfing all right on the beach. Here are 10 tips on how to really enjoy the action. 1. Bring the kids. Nothing is cooler than seeing your favorite skater up close. Sponsors typically have some extra surprises for the kids- skateboard and BMX courses set up so they can skate like the legends. They can also get their boards and other items autographed by the skaters.
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