For Immediate Release
PAUL RODRIGUEZ, GREG LUTZKA AND BUCKY LASEK SET TO COMPETE AT DEW TOUR’S PORTLAND INVITATIONAL
AUGUST 11-14 IN PORTLAND, OREGON
Event to Feature Legends Bowl Jam Friday Night
Burr Ridge, Ill. – August 8, 2011 – The Dew Tour takes over the Rose Quarter of Portland, Ore. this weekend for the seventh consecutive year, August 11-14. The biggest names in skate will be returning to compete in Skate Street, Skate Bowl and the Alli RideShop Legends Jam, a bowl contest exclusive to the Portland stop.
Skate Street debuts for the season in Portland, with a newly designed concrete course. Paul Rodriguez will bring his smooth style to the contest, hoping to top Greg Lutzka, whose technical flips and grinds almost won him the 2010 Dew Cup. Ryan Decenzo is no stranger to success in Portland, winning the 2009 Best Trick contest. Theotis Beasley, Ronnie Creager, Dennis Busenitz, Clint Peterson and more round out the competition on the street course.
The inaugural season of the Dew Tour’s Skate Bowl competition hits Portland after its huge success in Ocean City. Not often seen on the skate contest circuit, the full-concrete bowl gives spectators a front row seat to the varials and coping grinds of both well-known names and up-and-coming skaters. The bowl, designed by skate legend Chris Miller, will be the place to witness the new-school style of Pedro Barros, who took home first place honors in July at the first Dew Tour stop, Ben Hatchell and Portland native Kevin Kowalski, as they measure their skills against the experience of Steve Caballero, Andy MacDonald, Bucky Lasek and Lance Mountain.
In addition to action-packed competitions, Sunday night’s Skate Bowl Final will be preceded by the Alli RideShop Legends Jam, a skate bowl event that promises to bring the big names of old-school skateboarding out to show off the skills that made the sport what it is today. The weekend will also feature a Friday night concert headlined by Green Label Sound Artist The Cool Kids. The show will be opened by West Coast rap group Pac Div.
The complete pre-qualified athlete list for the Portland Invitational is as follows:
Danilo De Rosario
The full schedule of events for the Portland Invitational is as follows:
Thursday, Aug. 11th– Festival Village Opens at 12:00PM
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Skateboard Street Qualifier
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Skateboard Bowl Qualifier
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
BMX Park Last Chance Qualifier
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Skateboard Street Prelim
Friday, Aug. 12th – Festival Village Opens at 12:00PM
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
BMX Dirt Qualifier
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Skateboard Street Semi-Final
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Skateboard Bowl Semi-Final
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
BMX Park Semi-Final
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 13th – Festival Village Opens at 11:30AM
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
BMX Dirt Semi-Final
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Skateboard Street Final
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour BMX Dirt Final
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Gatorade Free Flow Tour BMX Park Final
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
BMX Park Final
Sunday, Aug. 14th – Festival Village Opens at 12:00AM
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
BMX Dirt Final
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Alli RideShop Legends Bowl Jam
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Skateboard Bowl Final
**Schedule is subject to change. To stay up to date on the action, follow live updates on the Dew Tour.**
Running through the entire weekend, the Festival Village offers something for everyone attending the Dew Tour. Visit the Pantech tent to see the latest cell phone features and tag the digital graffiti wall, or get a haircut at Paul Mitchell. The Dew Tour athletes of tomorrow can start practicing at the Camp Woodward mini skatepark.
Tickets for the Dew Tour Portland Invitational are available through Comcasttix.com, the Rose Quarter Box Office, or by phone at 877.789.ROSE. Tickets can also be purchased at allisports.com/dew-tour. Action Zone passes cost $100 and include priority reserved seating, Dew Tour swag, athlete autograph sessions, merchandise discounts and Pepsi product. Reserved tickets are $35 and include guaranteed seating at all Dew Tour finals events. A Grounds Pass will allow you access to the Festival Village and competition viewing as capacity allows, for the price of $15. Thursday’s Qualifier contests and Festival Village are open to the public for free, with purchase of a Friday, Saturday or Sunday ticket.
Visit the Dew Tour Facebook page at facebook.com/thedewtour and follow @thedewtour on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the latest Dew Tour action.
The complete 2011 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Pantech Open July 21-24 Ocean City, Md. – Ocean City Pier
Portland Invitational Aug. 11-14 Portland, Ore. – 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).
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The Dew Tour consists of four major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, more than $2 million in event and bonus purses, awarded at year-end based on overall tour standings. The Tour features skateboarding (street and vert) and BMX (park, vert and dirt) along with skateboard bowl, surf and freestyle motocross. At season’s end, the overall points leaders in the five disciplines will be crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. As part of an Alli property, key lifestyle elements complement the competitions at each Tour event including the Festival Village, specialty competitions, and live, cutting-edge music. The Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports with additional competition and lifestyle broadcasts on MTV, MTV2 and USA. The Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, and internationally on Eurosport, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel and Allarco Superchannel. The Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), Toyota, Pantech, Nike 6.0, Ball Park, JC Penney, Sony, Paul Mitchell, PlayStation® and PowerBar. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.
AlliSports, is an action sports lifestyle brand whose mission is to connect fans with athletes and brands through best in class events, media, and authentic branded products. AlliSports includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour; Alli Media which creates, produces, and distributes original content; Alli RideShop an online retailer carrying top skate and bmx consumer products; and Alli MotoShop an online retailer carrying top moto consumer products. AlliSports is owned by NBC Sports. More information can be found at www.allisports.com.
NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January of 2011, the broad reach and storied history of NBC Sports united with Comcast’s 24/7 ability to super-serve fans to create the NBC Sports Group. The new sports media company consists of an array of broadcast television, cable television and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports & Olympics, Golf Channel, Versus, 11 SportNets (regional sports networks) and their respective websites. Together, the new combined assets of the NBC Sports Group possess an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the Olympics, NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, IndyCar, Wimbledon, French Open, Tour de France and Kentucky Derby.
For further information:
Alli, Alliance of Action Sports
Colleen Hillgard: (630) 908.6334
Carolyn Conners: (212) 561.6459