After a successful 2021 debut, the annual Dew Tour pro skateboard competition and festival will return to Des Moines, Iowa, on July 29 and 30 at Lauridsen Skatepark for the second consecutive year. The event will feature a finals only skateboard competition and a two-day festival with activities for all ages.
The return of Dew Tour to Des Moines is the result of a partnership with Catch Des Moines and Polk County, as well as Toyota, which will return as the event’s mobility partner. The event will be free and open to the public.
In 2020 and 2021, Dew Tour served as an Olympic qualifying event for the Tokyo Games, which saw the debut of skateboarding. This year’s Dew Tour will feature a finals only competitions in men’s and women’s individual street and park, as well as adaptive competitions presented by Toyota in men’s and women’s street and men’s park.
It will also mark the return of the Dew Tour’s Battle of the Shops, where regional skate shops compete as a team against one another on the street course. Des Moines’ Subsect Skate Shop will be the local shop competing against other shops from Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
Several Olympians are expected to compete at this year’s event, including Lizzie Armanto (FIN), Mariah Duran (USA), Aurelien Giraud (FRA), Nyjah Huston (USA), Aori Nishimura (JPN), Tristan Rennie (USA), Pamela Rosa (BRA), Bryce Wettstein (USA) and more.
The Dew Tour Experience, a festival-style activation next to the competition venue, will include a free sponsor village, public skate pump track, food and beverages, pro athlete meet and greets and more.
The competition will be staged within Lauridsen Skatepark, the largest skatepark in the United States, boasting 88,000 square feet of skateboarding opportunities with two skate bowls, a skate promenade, a skateable sculpture, stairs, ledges and more. The skatepark opened in 2021 and was built by California Skateparks, which has served as the venue architects for Dew Tour since 2014.