Dew Tour returns to Portland

The Dew Tour today announced its complete schedule for the 2011 season, which includes its return to Portland for the seventh straight year, August 11-14 at the Rose Quarter. The only city that has hosted the Dew Tour since its inception seven years ago, Portland will once again host the multi-sport event with new additions including a concrete skate street course and a skateboard bowl contest.

“I am looking forward to skating new and improved Dew Tour courses,” said Mountain Dew skate athlete Paul Rodriguez. “I think it’s great they’ve decided to change up the contest, and it should definitely help to showcase everyone’s talent.”

Updating this event for 2011, the Dew Tour is in discussions with recognized design and building groups, including California Skateparks, to collaborate on design and concrete elements of the street course. A skate bowl contest will make its debut in Portland this year, and fan-favorite competitions BMX dirt and park will return.

“The level of commitment and support received from the Rose Quarter and the City of Portland are a key reason why the Dew Tour has come back to Portland year after year,” said Chris Prybylo, Alli Vice President of Events and Dew Tour General Manager. “As the only host city to host the event since the Tour’s inception, we look forward to ongoing success in Portland for 2011 and in the future.”

“We are happy to welcome the Dew Tour back to Portland, and look forward to seeing the new additions to the Tour for 2011,” said Oregon Sports Authority Chief Executive Officer Drew Mahalic. “The Dew Tour continues to be a staple of our summer calendar that the entire community looks forward to.”

Raising the stakes this year, the prize purse is increased per event along with the year-end bonuses. Over the course of the season, athletes will compete to accumulate points based on their individual-event finishes, and vie for the most overall points and the title of Dew Cup champion. The full Dew Tour schedule features multi-sport events at each of the four stops, including BMX dirt, park, and vert, and skateboard street and vert. Each event will feature a different mix of disciplines and specialty competitions, exposing returning markets to fresh experiences.

The complete 2011 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:

Dew Tour at Ocean City
July 21-24
Ocean City, Md. – Ocean City Pier

Dew Tour at Portland
Aug. 11-14
Portland – Rose Quarter

Toyota Challenge
Sept. 8-11
Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena

Dew Tour Championships
Oct. 13-16
Las Vegas, Nev.

Entering its seventh year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2011 Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the five disciplines. 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).

— March 24, 2011

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