The Dew Tour is celebrating its 10th year of presenting some of the best talent in extreme sports, and from June 25-29, it will be in Ocean City, Md., for the fourth straight year. Crowds in excess of 100,000 are expected to pack the beaches and boardwalk, with fans coming from all around the world to see one of the premier stops on the tour.
The beach venue at Ocean City has become one of the best and most profitable stops on the Dew Tour, which includes events in Portland, Ore.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Breckenridge, Colo. The tour showcases top extreme sports athletes from all across the world competing in BMX biking, skateboarding and amateur surfing events.
"The combination of extreme sports and the beach at Ocean City has become a real winner for the fans, our business community and the town overall," said Jessica Waters, the communications director for the town of Ocean City. "Each year we host the Tour, things just keep getting bigger and better. Last year, we set all-time attendance records of over 100,000 people coming out and having a great weekend full of nonstop extreme sports competitions."
Ocean City gets the majority of the Dew Tour fans from the mid-Atlantic region. Extreme sports fans flock to the beach to watch the top stars in BMX and skateboarding compete on the highest levels of the sport. Another part of the Dew Tour is an amateur surfing event.
"One of the main reasons the Dew Tour is in Ocean City is because of our location," Waters said. "We are an easy drive from Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Philadelphia. That said, we also get fans who make the trip from all over the country and even from other parts of the world. Having the Dew Tour here has been a great economic boost to the town, and the vast majority of our businesses benefit from having the event here."
The Dew Tour has NBC as a television partner, and the events stream live on dewtour.com. The national exposure has given millions of viewers both in the area and around the world an attractive view of Ocean City.
"I get calls from people all over the country telling me how much fun the event looks on TV," Waters said. "You see this high level of extreme sports taking place with the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful beach as a backdrop; it does make for a postcard-like setting. From the town's perspective, you simply can't buy the kind of international publicity that the Dew Tour brings to Ocean City."
The Tour events are free to the public, but there are tickets available for purchase for fans who wish to have prime seating. Visit dewtour.com to get a complete list of the events and starting times and to buy tickets. The athletes will be available to sign autographs and to spend time talking with their fans.
Fans who can't make it to Ocean City can watch the events from 1-3 p.m. June 28 and from 2-4 p.m. June 29 on NBC Sports Network or dewtour.com.