By William Odis Martin
LONG BEACH – The Long Beach Convention Center and Sports Arena was re-imagined and transformed into a skateboard haven last week as Mountain Dew and TEN: The Enthusiast Network joined forces once again to bring the community a free four-day festival filled with music, art, and some of the biggest names in the sport.
Some of the world’s best skateboard stars were seen sharing some laughs and taking photos with the fans in between competitions and practice runs over the weekend.
An estimated 32,000 fans attended the Dew Tour over the weekend which included performances by Metro Boomin, Amine, and Cam’Ron on Saturday night.
Food trucks lined the beer garden and concert stage.
A skateable art structure designed by artist Steven Harrington and pro skaters Chris Colbourn and Jordan Maxham was also open to the public everyday of the Dew Tour. Now some of the structures are being donated to Silverado Skatepark in Long Beach for the community to enjoy.
Kids, young and old, were seen on the pump track that was open to the public all four days. On Sunday, for Father’s Day, Fathers and Sons were seen building up speed around the turns while occasionally wiping out and laughing it off.
The four-part course, created by California Ramp Works, consisted of a rails section, gaps section, tech section, and a massive bowl.
Team Blind, the defending champs of last year, nearly swept every section in the team challenge finals on Saturday, only losing in the bowl section to Santa Cruz’s Erick Winkowski.
With Yuto Horigome (JPN) competing in Gaps, Micky Papa (CAN) in Rails, TJ Rogers (CAN) in Tech and Trey Wood (USA) in the Bowl, Team Blind reclaimed their title with ease, more than 25 points ahead of second place. Blind finished with a score of 351.00 out of 400 total possible.
“These guys are true professionals and such great athletes,” said Blind Team Captain Bill Weiss. “This is just how they skate everyday individually, and it’s awesome to have the team event and have them recognized together.”
Ryan Sheckler, the reigning Pro Street Champ from last year’s inaugural Dew Tour in Long Beach, could not repeat in the Pro Street Finals this year as the Brazilian, Kelvin Hoefler, won with an impressive score of 95.40 on Sunday.
Orange County’s own Nyjah Huston came in second in the Pro Street Finals, and Japanese sensation Yuto Horigome got third. Cory Juneau won the Pro Bowl Finals on Sunday as well.
Sean Malto, Curren Caples, TJ Rodgers, and Louie Lopez also showed out this weekend as crowd favorites.