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Talks between Ocean City and Dew Tour are ongoing for 2012

Talks between Ocean City and Dew Tour are ongoing for 2012, Pedro Barros, Ben Hatchell, Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonld, Nolan Munroe, Omar Hassan, Rune Glifberg, Ben Raybourn, Benji Galloway, Kevin Kowalski
Pedro Barros was the winner of the 2011 Dew Tour in Ocean City , MD. Photo Lee Leal. Embassy Skateboards
Talks between Ocean City and Dew Tour are ongoing for 2012

Unofficial talks between Deborah Turk, the Ocean City Tourism Director and the Dew tour are ongoing. The goal: to bring the Dew Tour back to the beach for next summer 2012.

The city has an everlasting love story with skateboarding: The Ocean Bowl Skate Park at Ocean City, MD is the oldest operating municipal skate park in the United States. The skate park was built in the 70’s, following the rise in popularity of skateboarding and the Ocean City Council banning skateboarding on the streets within City limits. This prompted many skaters and their parents to attend the next Council meeting to ask that a space be provided for them to
Talks between Ocean City and Dew Tour are ongoing for 2012, Pedro Barros, Ben Hatchell, Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonld, Nolan Munroe, Omar Hassan, Rune Glifberg, Ben Raybourn, Benji Galloway, Kevin Kowalski
Bucky Lasek returned to his first competition after suffering a broken ankle while filming for a GoPro commercial in
his home pool back in May. Bucky Lasek #3. Photo Lee Leal - Embassy Skateboards
pursue their sport and by the first week of June, 1976, the park opened.

Ocean City is also home of Atlantic Distribution, one of the oldest and most important skateboard distributors on the east coast. Although Atlantic Distribution was opened by Dorsey Truitt in the early 70’s, he is now in semi-retirement and his son Patrick Truit is following the work where his father left.

And finally, Ocean City was home of the Dew Tour in the summer of 2011. The seven-year-old Dew Tour takes place four times every year in huge parking lots or arenas within urban centers with big skating scenes, like Portland, Boston and Chicago. But when organizers started looking for the 2011 first location, they wanted "a different look and feel for the venue," recalls tour manager Chris Prybolo and they choose Ocean City. Eventually they got the idea to build a skate park on the sand. The idea is not new. Skateparks like Bondi (Australia), Marseilles (France) and Venice (California) are all built on the sand, and the huge venue Coastal Carnage (called before the Soul Bowl) also organizes a contest on the sand at Huntington Beach with a huge wooden bowl during the Surf Contest every year during the first week of August.


A massive bowl on the sand
When, the Dew Tour decided to go one step beyond Costal Carnage and build a transportable concrete bowl on the sand of a size had never been done before. The idea had caveats: It's much harder to build on sand, and skateboarders had concerns about the wind affecting their performance. Somehow, after intensive research Aaron Spohn and Chris Miller were hired to deliver the bowl. Based on the best available bowls worldwide: the Combi at Vans, Pier park in Portland, Louisville, Encinitas etc… Chris Miller started to design the bowl and the shape first. He came up with a design that would be good for bowl riders & vert riders alike: a perfect combination. The deep end is similar in size to the square Combi pool with 9-3/4 foot transitions with 1-1/2 foot of vertical. This is smaller than the Dew Tour vert ramp but big enough so the vert riders could perform the usual vert tricks. The shallow section is 7-1/2 deep and has multiple pockets, corners & hips that are sure to yield great lines.

Eventually Spohn Ranch was in charge for the fabrication of the bowl. Based on Chris Miller's killer drawing, they made it into a physical reality. The beauty of it resides in that the bowl is primarily designed to be manufactured in sections, assembled in the sand and eventually poured with concrete. Because, yes, it is a concrete bowl, not a wooden bowl… Because of that, the bowl is very fast and new, but almost immediately, lines were discovered and improved.

There is no word yet if this giant concrete bowl will be used for the next Dew Tour sesh in 2012.

Deborah Turk said Ocean Cityis still benefiting from the buzz generated by the Dew Tour stop in July 2011. For 2012, she plans to use the Dew Tour as part of a much bigger picture showing that "Sports are more fun in Ocean City MD." Turk told council she's been in contact with Dew Tour organizers, and they say they "definitely" want to come back next summer, though no official action has been taken yet. NBC, which televised this summer's contest, has rights to air the 2012 Summer Olympics, she said, so scheduling the event to coincide with available air time will be a "tight fit."

Ocean City Dew Tour 2011 Bowl Final Results:
1. Pedro Barros
2. Ben Hatchell
3. Bucky Lasek
4. Andy Macdonld
5. Nolan Munore
6. Omar Hassan
7. Rune Glifberg
8. Ben Raybourn
9. Benji Galloway
10. Kevin Kowalski

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Sunday, November 13, 2011 




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