As we write this, it's fifty-degrees and sunny in New York, and beyond making us itch to go shred during our lunch break, the weather's got us thinking about the 2009 Dew Tour.
This year's Dew Tour host cities are as follows: Chicago, Illinois (June 26-27); Boston, Massachusetts (July 24-25); Portland, Oregon (August 14-16); Salt Lake City, Utah (September 18-20); and Orlando, Florida (October 15-18).
Chicago and Boston, both great cities for BMX-riding and skateboarding and first-time Dew Tour stops, will host sport-specific competitions, including Open-Qualifying events. The Second City–second not to New York but because the city burned down in 1871 and Chicagoans built it up again–will host a BMX-only Stop (Park, Dirt, and Vert). Boston--the city of Chowder, the color Green, and people with freckles and funny accents–will stand as the exclusive skateboarding stop (Park, Vert). All three sports (Skateboarding, BMX, and the non-OQ-requiring FMX) will be represented at the final three tour stops: Portland, Salt Lake City, and Orlando, where the PlayStation Pro will decide the Dew Cup winners.
Chaz Ortiz, the 2008 Skate Park Dew Cup Champion, said he was hyped for the Beantown stop because of the city's huge skate community. The Chicagoan said he's also looking forward to competing at TD Banknorth Garden, home of the Celtics. Getting to skate with Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez, and Greg Lutzka again-- "great skaters" whom Chaz "looks up to"--only sweetens the deal.
As for the BMX-end of things, four-time Vert Dew Cup champion Jamie Bestwick is already looking toward the Windy City. "This is a great opportunity for BMX to get attention from the core fans, along with the future fans of the sport."