Des Moines, IA

Des Moines to Host Annual Dew Tour Skateboard Competition and Olympic Qualifying Event

Kimberly Ritter

The new Lauridsen Skatepark in downtown Des Moines has booked a major event before the park has even opened.

It was announced today that this new skatepark will host the annual Dew Tour skateboard competition which is scheduled for May 20 to 23rd. This event will also be the only U.S. based qualifying skateboard event for the 2021 Olympics.

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Dew Tour is an innovative contest series and content platform that brings together the world’s best skateboarders, snowboarders, skiers, artists, brands, and fans in a celebration of creativity and style.

The largest skatepark in the country, Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines, Iowa will host 300 of the world’s top male and female skateboard athletes. Those expected to participate could secure a spot on the 2021 Olympic team in the Tokyo summer games.

Skateboarding will make its debut for the first time at the 2021 Summer Olympic games. The 2020 summer games in Tokyo were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer Olympics were rescheduled for July 23 – Aug. 8, 2021 .

“The competitive road ahead for these skaters now starts in Des Moines and concludes in Tokyo. Being able to produce Dew Tour in 2021 and have it continue to serve as an Olympic qualifying event, in a brand new home with a world-class venue, is a dream come true,” says Courtney Gresik, Dew Tour VP and General Manager in a statement regarding the event. “There are no words to express what we all have globally battled in the past year. We couldn’t be more proud to be in this space today. Our teams and partners are poised and ready to put forth a safe, successful event for all involved.”

Lauridsen Skatepark features a park area of 88,000 square feet and is now officially the largest skatepark in the United states. It will host the Dew Tour as part of its grand opening weekend.

The street and park courses at Lauridsen Skatepark have been approved as Olympic-level competition venues. The Des Moines skatepark also includes two skate bowls, a skate sculpture, a skate promenade, ledges, stairs and more. Now officially the largest skatepark in the United States,

This Dew Tour 2021 stop in Des Moines will be this year’s only global Olympic qualifying event in the United States. Both men’s and women’s skateboard park and street competitions will be featured, both as elite-level Pro Tour stops. The Olympic qualification system is based on rankings maintained by World Skate, the sport’s International Governing Body.

During the competition, more than 300 of the top female and male skateboarders from around the world will compete in both street and park events for the Dew Tour title and to earn points toward their country’s skateboarding team. Both USA Skateboarding national team members and international skaters are expected to compete.

Skatepark planning has been in the works in Des Moines since 2004, with the ground breaking on the project in October 2018. A limited opening was planned in 2019, but delays due to weather and the pandemic pushed the opening to 2021.

Details around live spectators and visitors to the event are still being evaluated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dew Tour is working with World Skate and local event partners in regards to the health and safety of athletes, staff and potential fans. More details will be announced regarding attendance at a later time.

The Des Moines Dew Tour event will be livestreamed on DewTour.com, as well as YouTube, Facebook Live and other major platforms and will include a total of 25+ hours of live video. NBC and NBCSN will air more than four hours of Dew Tour coverage.

To stay updated on this upcoming event visit DewTour.com and follow @DewTour on social media including Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.

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