Skateboarding’s biggest weekend kicks off today: Dew Tour Long Beach

Skateboarding’s biggest weekend hits Long Beach, California for another year starting Thursday, June 15 with the kick off of Dew Tour Long Beach 2017.

The Dew Tour brings together the world’s best skaters to compete against each other in three unique contest formats, but that’s not all. It also fields concerts all weekend long, a public skate park, a craft beer and food festival, free skate lessons and so much more. It’s free to get in, but you can also purchase VIP passes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with all sorts of access and amenities.

Micky Papa during practice this week. Photo: Courtesy of Dew Tour

Simply put, Dew Tour Long Beach is a weekend full of skateboarding and good times. If you’re anywhere in the Long Beach area this weekend, do yourself a favor and show up — bring your dad for Father’s Day, he’ll love it.

But if you can’t make it, you can always live stream the whole weekend as well.

With that in mind, here are five things you can expect at Dew Tour Long Beach 2017.

Who will be there

First off, 2016’s Street champion Ryan Sheckler will be there to defend his title. Fellow world-renowned skaters Nyjah Huston, Curren Caples, Sean Malto, Tom Schaar, Ryan Decenzo, Louie Lopez, Chris Joslin, Cody McEntire and others will be there to snag a two-peat away from Sheckler.

Jordyn Barratt getting some practice in the bowl with the boys. Photo: Courtesy of Dew Tour

The other big story in terms of who will be there is the invitation of the first female to compete with the guys. Jordyn Barratt will be facing the guys in the Bowl qualifiers and will most certainly be looking to make her mark.

What they will be skating

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A bit of a change has gone down this year with the competition format. The Street competition is now made up of Tech, Rails and Gaps courses, while the Bowl course will have its own separate contest this year.

Along with those two competitions (as well as the Am versions of them), the Team Challenge pits 9 skateboard labels against each other in jam-style contests broken down into four sections: tech, rail, bowl and gap. Each team taps a team rider for each section. Blind Skateboards will be looking to defend the inaugural Team Challenge title from last year.

Lots of music

Saturday night’s concert lineup. Photos: Courtesy of Dew Tour

Starting Thursday afternoon, the Hollywood Music Institute will be offering up free performances throughout the weekend. But most certainly the billing to be on the lookout for is Saturday evening’s Dew Tour concert featuring Cam’ron, Metro Boomin and Aminé.

Free skate lessons

Dew Tour has teamed up with Skate Dogs to offer free skateboarding lessons all weekend long for kids aged 5-13. Offering beginners a private zone to learn the basics, play games and have fun, check out their schedule of clinics for this weekend.

Public skate park

The public skate park set up. Photo: Courtesy of Dew Tour

Isn’t it sort of strange how other skateboard contests feature big-name skaters, but you the fans can’t skate anywhere in the area yourself? It’s exactly the reason why Dew Tour is offering a free public skate park all weekend long, and it looks pretty fun.

If you’re under 18 you’ll just need your parents signature. But definitely be sure to bring your board to Dew Tour Long Beach this weekend and get some skating in yourself.

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