NEW FOR THURSDAY: OC’s Dew Tour Free To Public This Year

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OCEAN CITY – The Dew Tour returns to Ocean City next month and today released big news — the entire event will be free and open to the public.

The Dew Tour’s Ocean City stop is scheduled for Aug, 16-19. The event’s stop in Ocean City this summer aims to capture the unique beach lifestyle in the competitions, music and character with transition focused and ocean inspired events.

It will be completely free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to Alli Sports, producer of the Dew Tour. A limited number of premium passes will go on-sale July 11 for purchase. 

The concept of offering the event for free goes hand-in-hand with Ocean City’s 2012 Summer of Thanks campaign as the town has been hard at work offering a plethora of free events and activities to its visitors this summer, adding value to their vacation dollars.

Dew Tour’s stop in Ocean City this year will include expanded and new sports and disciplines and an enhanced on-site experience featuring more live music and a new “Dew Tour Experience,” bringing all aspects of action sports culture to life.

This year’s disciplines are Skate Vert, BMX Vert, Skate Bowl, BMX Park, Surf and a few new categories are Skate Legends Bowl, BMX Mega 2.0, and Skate Mega 2.0.

The top names in each discipline have been invited to compete in the five-day action sports and lifestyle festival.  The following athletes have been invited but have not yet confirmed. Actual athletes will be announced closer to the event.

Invited for BMX is Kyle Baldock, Brett Banasiewicz, Drew Bezanson, Diogo Canina, Pat Casey, Scotty Cranmer, Rob Darden, Daniel Dhers, Dennis Enarson, Josh Harrington, Chase Hawk, Harry Main, Ryan Nyquist, Daniel Sandoval, Jeremiah Smith, Garrett Reynolds, Morgan Wade, Ben Wallace, Mark Webb, Gary Young, Jamie Bestwick, Vince Byron, Chad Kagy, Steve McCann, Dennis McCoy, Simon Tabron, Jimmy Walker, Coco Zurita, Anthony Napolitan, Morgan Wade, and Zack Warden.

Invited for skate is Pedros Barros, Sam Beckett, Mitchie Brusco, Bob Burnquist, Sandro Dias, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Rune Glifberg, Bucky Lasek, Andy MacDonald, Alex Perelson, Paul-Luc Ronchetti, Tom Schaar, Elliot Sloan, Adam Taylor, Shaun White, Kalani David, Greyson Fletcher, Omar Hassan, Aaron Hamoki, Ben Hatchell, Willis Kimbel, Brad McClain, Zack Miller, Nolan Munroe, Michael Owen, Alex Perelson, Ben Raybourne, Tom Remillard, Grant Taylor, Raven Tershy, Steve Alba, Steve Caballero, Jeff Grosso, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Tony Magnusson, Chris Miller, Lance Mountian, Pat Ngho, Duane Peters and Jake Brown.

The action from Ocean City will be showcased across 11 broadcast hours on NBC and NBC Sports Network and an all-new digital platform with live streaming plus exclusive behind the scenes and in-depth content on dewtour.com.

In April, Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, announced a four-year renewal of their partnership with Mountain Dew, along with the 2012 schedule for the new Dew Tour. Alli Sports, together with Mountain Dew, who has been the tour title partner since its inception, is reshaping the Dew Tour to showcase action sports in three large-scale, premium and “grand-slam” style events.

Spanning the country August through December, the 2012 Dew Tour schedule includes its return to Ocean City and Breckenridge Ski Resort, with a debut event in San Francisco on the west coast. The Dew Tour will integrate the character of each stop into the overall feel of the event, capitalizing on impactful beach, city and mountain backdrops as each of the three events will draw inspiration from the host city to create its own identity.

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