The world’s top skateboarders will slide into Long Beach this summer for a chance to win the Dew Tour title and earn points toward joining their country’s Olympic skateboarding team.
Mountain Dew’s Dew Tour, in partnership with Adventure Sports Network Group (ASN) and sanctioned by World Skate, will serve as the first global qualifying event in the United States for the 2020 Olympic Games for both men’s and women’s Park and Street skateboarding. It’s happening June 13-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Dew Tour organizers emphasized the renewed significance of the competition, which is returning to Long Beach for the fourth year, now that skateboarding will be part of the Olympic Games for the first time in Tokyo 2020.
“This is truly a historic time for skateboarding as we embark on the first-ever Olympics, and to have Dew Tour leading the qualifying charge is an honor,” Adam Cozens, VP and general manager of Dew Tour, said. “With our background in staging world-class events that celebrate the progression and culture of skateboarding … our goal is to showcase the absolute best in men’s and women’s street and park skateboarding as we kick off the road to Tokyo.”
More than 300 of the world’s top skaters will compete at this year’s event, including USA Skateboarding national team members Mariah Duran, Nyjah Huston, Jagger Eaton, Tristan Rennie, Lacey Baker and Jordyn Barratt; as well as internationally renowned skaters from Brazil, Japan and Canada.
“This year is arguably the most exciting and interesting year in skateboarding and Olympic history,” Duran said in a statement.
Of her own personal journey as a skateboarder, she added: “From making the first-ever USA Skateboarding national team to joining the Mountain Dew team as the first female skater, it continues to be a groundbreaking year. I can’t wait to skate and see how it all unfolds at the first-ever global Olympic qualifier at Dew Tour in Long Beach.”
The Dew Tour, which is free and open to spectators, also includes the Dew Tour Experience, an interactive sponsor village, and Dew Tour on the Green, a festival of outdoor music, food and drink vendors and other activities, including a public skate park. VIP packages soon will be available for purchase online. Action Sports Kids Foundation (ASK), a Long Beach nonprofit skateboarding group, will once again be involved in the event, founder Mike Donelon said.
About six hours of Dew Tour coverage will air on NBC and NBCSN and complete coverage will be streamed live on DewTour.com and social media.
For details and a complete competition schedule, visit DewTour.com.