Everybody's talking about the Dew Tour, but unless you're an extreme sports fan - or live with one - you may need a primer on what some say will be the highlight of this summer in Ocean City. I'm not an expert either, but here goes:
What is the Dew Tour? It's an action sports tour that hosts contests in cities around the U.S. during its season. The various events include BMX, skateboarding and this year - surfing. The event take splace July 21-24.
Why is it a big deal for Ocean City? For one thing, Ocean City is hosting the season opener for the tour. So it's the first stop. It's also the first time the tour is being held on the beachfront. And OC will offer other firsts, including a new skatebowl contest.
Is this the first time the Dew Tour has been held in Maryland ? No. The event, which began in 2004, was held in Baltimore at Camden Yards in 2007 and 2008.
What other cities will host the tour this year? Ocean City is the only East Coast stop of this year's tour. After that, it moves on to Portland, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
What is the Pantech Open? The OC stop on the Dew Tour is being sponsored by Pantech, a mobile phone company, so the event is dubbed the Pantech Open. Other stops have different names. For example, in Salt Lake, it's the Toyota Challenge. But it's all part of the Dew Tour.
How many people are likely to attend the event? When it was held at Camden Yards, more than 50,000 spectators showed up. Combined with the usual summer crowds, Ocean City could see many more.
Will there be any extreme sports stars? Of course. Leading the pack of notables will be skateboarder and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White. Also, Dundalk native Bucky Lasek, along with BMX star Ryan Nyquist, skating legend Bob Burnquist and champion Pierre-Luc Gagnon.
How much are tickets? General admission is $24-$29, but there are several different ticket packages available.
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