The Dew Tour kicks off in Boston this week for the ISF Skateboarding World Championships June 25-26 at the city’s legendary TD Garden (you might have seen the arena in the recent NBA Finals).
In addition to world-class competitions, the two-day event will also include a free music concert — taking place at City Hall Plaza on Friday, June 25 – and an interactive Festival Village.
Boston’s stop includes women’s divisions for skate vert and park. Lacey Baker, Amy Caron and Vanessa Torres are just a few of the top girls competing in park and Lyn-z Adams, Mimi Knoop and Gaby Ponce are among the heavy hitters in vert.
Fans looking to to get a glimpse of Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White competing are out of luck. He sustained a left ankle injury that will keep him from following up his gold-medal-winning performance at the Vancouver Olympics with a new title — Skateboarding World Champion. White’s representatives reported that he rolled an ankle while training and would not participate in the two-day 2010 Dew Tour event. However, he will be in NBC’s broadcast booth for the vert finals Saturday.
n 2009, the Dew Tour Skate Open and the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) Skateboarding World Championships showcased the first ever Skateboarding World Championships in the United States featuring over 140 skaters from 28 countries participated in the world-class skateboard vert and park competition. ISF Skateboarding World Championship 2009 titles were awarded to Ryan Sheckler (skate park, men), Vanessa Torres (skate park, women), Bucky Lasek (skate vert, men) and Lyn-z Adams Hawkins (skate vert, women).
For those unfamiliar with the Dew Tour, it debuted in 2005 and consists of five major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse a bonus pool at year-end based on overall tour standings. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert and dirt) and freestyle motocross. At season’s end, the overall points leaders in the five disciplines will be crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup.
The 2010 Dew Tour will make the following stops:
— June 25-26 — Skate Open, Boston, MA — TD Garden
— July 23-24 — Nike 6.0 BMX Open, Chicago, IL — Museum Campus
— August 12-15 — Wendy’s Invitational, Portland, OR — Rose Quarter
— September 16-19 — Toyota Challenge, Salt Lake City, UT — EnergySolutions Arena
— October 14-17 — Dew Tour Championships, Las Vegas, NV — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino