Burr Ridge, Ill. – July 30, 2012 – The Dew Tour today announced the first round of confirmed athletes for the Pantech Beach Championships in Ocean City, Md., August 16-19. The new Dew Tour - featuring three large-scale events - will debut with skateboard and BMX competitions, a surf event and multiple music performances. Top confirmed athletes include Baltimore native Bucky Lasek, skate vert dominator Pierre-Luc Gagnon and BMX legend Jamie Bestwick.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back to my hometown to compete in the Pantech Beach Championships,” said Lasek. “The Dew Tour’s concrete bowl is second to none, and with all the great events for fans and beach atmosphere, it’s sure to be a fun time for everyone.”
There will be no shortage of skateboarding’s big names in Ocean City for the Pantech Beach Championships. In addition to Lasek and Gagnon, the vert ramp will host Pedro Barros, Mitchie Brusco, Bob Burnquist, Sandro Dias, Tom Schaar and Elliott Sloan. At the Mega 2.0™ ramp, spectators will have a chance to see skate prodigy Schaar, the first person to land a 1080, as well as fellow young gun Brusco. Confirmed Mega 2.0™ skaters also include Burnquist, Gagnon and Jagger Eaton. The Dew Tour’s signature concrete skate bowl will be brought to the beach, with two competitions. Barros, Dias, Lasek, Andy Macdonald, Ben Hatchell and Nolan Munroe are among those confirmed to compete in the pro contest, while Steve Caballero and Chris Miller head up the list of skate pioneers showing off their timeless skills in the Legends contest. Additional Legends will include Steve Alba, Christian Hosoi and Lance Mountain.
BMX will bring the heat in Ocean City, as Steve McCann and Chad Kagy hit the vert and Mega 2.0™ramps, while Jamie Bestwick will attempt to hold his standing as the indomitable vert competitor. The best in BMX park will tear apart a course just feet from the ocean, with Kyle Baldock, Brett Banasiewicz, Drew Bezanson, Garrett Reynolds, Ben Wallace, 2011 Dew Cup winner Scotty Cranmer and more battling it out on the beach.
The Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships will be showcased across 11 broadcast hours on NBC and NBC Sports Network and an all-new digital platform with live streaming, plus exclusive behind the scenes and in-depth content on dewtour.com. The new broadcast platform will offer coverage from every day of the four day events more live Dew Tour coverage over NBC and NBC Sports Network than any previous year.
The complete 2012 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Pantech Beach Championships - August 16-19, Ocean City, Md.
Toyota City Championships - October 18-21, San Francisco, Calif.
Mountain Championships - December 13-16, Breckenridge, Colo.
The Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships will air live on NBC Sports Network on Friday, August 17 at 7:30pm ET, on Saturday, August 18 on NBC at 1:00pm ET, and on Sunday, August 19 on NBC at 2:00pm ET. Additional broadcasts on NBC Sports Network will be August 16 at 11:00pm ET, August 18 at 11:00pm ET, August 19 at 11:00pm ET and August 25 at 12:00am ET.
The Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships will be free to attend, with a limited number of Premium Passes available for purchase at www.dewtour.com. Premium Passes will be limited and include reserved seating or viewing areas at each competition, Dew Tour exclusive giveaways, a souvenir credential and a special gift from Dogfunk.com.
For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.
The Dew Tour consists of three marquee events in distinct beach, city and mountain locales, featuring summer sports of skateboarding and BMX, with additional competitions of surf and freestyle motocross; snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle) and freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle) will be featured at the winter event. The Dew Tour events are premium action sports and lifestyle festivals combining the best in action sports competitions along with the Dew Tour Experience and live music performances. The Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC and NBC Sports Network and streamed live on dewtour.com. The Dew Tour is also distributed on Universal HD, and internationally on Eurosport, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel and Allarco Superchannel. The Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), Toyota, Pantech, GoDaddy, Mongoose, National Guard, Paul Mitchell and Stride. More information can be found at www.DewTour.com.
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