GATORADE FREE FLOW TOUR ANNOUNCES PACKED 2009 SCHEDULE
Stellar Park Lineup Highlights Amateur Skateboard Series, Registration Now Open at GatoradeFreeFlowTour.com
Burr Ridge, Ill. – May 6, 2009 – Seeking to find the best amateur skaters and BMX riders across the country this summer, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour announced today the complete schedule for the 2009 season. The skate portion of the Tour officially kicks off May 16 in Burlington, Vt. at Talent Skatepark, and registration for all events is now open at gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
The 2009 Gatorade Free Flow Tour will include a total of 33 skateboarding competitions (five skate vert and 28 skate park) at 28 parks across the United States. The winners in each of the 33 skate competitions will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place at the Dew Tour’s Toyota Challenge, September 17-20. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall skate park and vert champions earn a spot to compete against the pros at the final stop of the Dew Tour, the PlayStation Pro in Orlando, Fla., October 15-18.
Highlighting the 2009 skate schedule are the additions of top skateparks M.I.A. in Miami, Fla., Warp in Chicago, Ill. and Epic in Rocklin, Calif. The Gatorade Free Flow Tour will also be returning to Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.’s Mission Valley YMCA. Committed to holding competitions in the best skateparks across the country, the 2009 schedule also returns to other standout parks including the Autumn Ramp Park (Joplin, Mo.), Charm City (Baltimore, Md.), Alliance (Grand Prairie, Texas) and the Skatelab (Simi Valley, Calif.).
In 2008, Paul-Luc Ronchetti (skate vert) and Timmy Knuth (skate park) were crowned the overall champions. Ronchetti, from England, earned his berth into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals at the Camp Woodward (Philadelphia) stop of the ’08 circuit, going on to claim the overall skate vert title and a spot in the season-ending Dew Tour event. At the PlayStation Pro, Ronchetti proved that he could skate with the best, narrowly missing the finals and finishing 10th in prelims. Since, Ronchetti has won England’s Autumn Open Vert Championship, also taking third at the 2009 Tampa Am vert competition.
A fixture on the amateur competition series, Cocoa Beach, Fla.-native Knuth placed third in the 2008 Maloof Money Cup am street contest before winning the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s stop at Kona Skatepark. Knuth built on his momentum, going on to take the title at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in Salt Lake City. At the Dew Tour’s PlayStation Pro, Knuth took on top pro skaters – including Ryan Sheckler, Greg Lutzka, Paul Rodriguez and Chaz Ortiz – and finished fourth in the finals. Since then, Knuth has taken fourth at the Costa Mesa leg of the ’08 Damn Am series and second at the 2009 Phoenix Am.
Past Gatorade Free Flow Tour skate park champions include Jeff Ward (2005), David Loy (’06) and Chaz Ortiz (’07, defending Dew Cup skate park winner) and skate vert champion Ben Hatchell (’07).
The 2009 Gatorade Free Flow Tour skate schedule* includes the following dates and locations:
All events include park contests; bolded events indicate vert competitions in addition to park
All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors under the age of 18 for skate competitions. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available at gatoradefreeflowtour.com and at Gatorade Free Flow Tour host parks. There is an entry fee that varies park to park, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Check out GATORADE or host parks for registration forms.