Skateboarders test their skills at Lauridsen Skatepark, which will host the Dew Tour this weekend.
The new downtown Lauridsen Skatepark is launching with a bang, as it will host the Dew Tour skateboarding competition May 20-23. You can read our story about the park here, and check out a video we shot for the soft opening earlier this month.
Tickets are sold out, but you can livestream it for free on the Dew Tour website. Other things to know:
- More than 300 skaters will participate in the competition, including USA national team members such as Nyjah Huston, Jagger Eaton, Cory Juneau and Mariah Duran, among others. They’ll be joined by a number of international skaters.
- The tour features two competitions—street and park—for men and women. The street skaters will use a mix of 10 ledges, 11 rails, four stair sets and a variety of banks, gaps and hips for their runs. The park section includes a bowl with a depth range from 4 to 8 feet and other features, like hips, extensions, pipes and more.
- The rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics will be the first ever to include skateboarding as a competition, and the Des Moines event will serve as the only United States-based global Olympic qualifier. So those who do well this weekend may earn the chance to compete against the world’s best this summer.