Not only a fun haven for the competing skateboarders but also an open invitation to all professional skaters in the area, Dew Tour Long Beach has seen a lot of locally-based pros coming out and taking in the newly reimagined event experience.
One local in particular that was taking advantage of the fresh skateparks, David Reyes came out early on Thursday to get his grind on in the technical section. Impressed on the day, Reyes gave some insight on what brought him out and how easily it was to access.
“I only live about six blocks away, so I can skate down here. This is a super easy area to get to, and if you want to leave there are a ton of stores and places to eat. It’s in a really good spot in Long Beach.”
Speaking to the vibe around the event, “Everyone is on point with their jobs, that is for sure. You need your credentials to get access, but once you have that then you can hit the courses. Getting credentials was the easiest thing. Chris Ortiz hooked me up.”
Once Reyes was set up with the proper passes, he kicked his way over to the technical course to give it a go. “The courses are great, CA Ramp Works did a good job building the parks. I like the idea that they are sectional this year. You have the technical section, the gap section, the rail section, and you also have the bowl. It is rad that they split the parks up and then individually, for the Team Challenge, you can have someone skate each one of those courses to [cumulatively] determine who wins the whole thing.”
After a quick session in the technical section, Reyes mentioned his thoughts on the new Team Challenge format and how, “Having it in Long Beach makes it easy to come down, root on your favorite teams, and support your friends. I’m here to support Element and Toy Machine, they are all my friends.”
Looking back at his day at Dew Tour Long Beach, Reyes summed it up by saying, “It’s been fun, an adventure for sure.”