It was an epic weekend of skateboarding at the 2016 Dew Tour presented by Mountain DewÂ® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network in Long Beach. Ryan Sheckler clinched his 15th Dew Tour title during the individual competition yesterday and the action continued today with the best athletes in skateboarding competing in a never-before-done Team Challenge presented by TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING where the Blind Skateboards team (Trey Wood, TJ Rogers, Micky Papa and Cody McEntire) came out on top. The skateboarding competition and festival was held for the first time in Long Beach at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center with over 40 world-class athletes competing and 25,000 plus people in attendance over the weekend.
The competition boasted a revolutionary new four-part skate course developed by experts to truly showcase the athletes versatility and style. TEN: The Enthusiast Network worked with partners CA Rampworks and TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING to build a course that included Tech, Rails, Bowl, and Gaps sections.Â One skater from each of the nine teams was responsible for one section of the course; their individual scores combined with their teammatesâ€™, resulting in the highest combined team score in the end. This new progressive format made for more non-stop action and had the skaters jonesing to prove their abilities and creativity throughout the heats.
The nine teams were in full-battle mode, cheering each other on along the sidelines, but ultimately it was the Blind Skateboards team who secured the win with a total combined score of 369.32 out of 400. Comprising of Trey Wood, TJ Rogers, Micky Papa and Cody McEntire with Team Captain, Bill Weiss, they came out swinging with Rogers getting the highest score in the Tech section. â€œIt was great energy out there today,â€ said Rogers. â€œThe team challenge was really rad because nobodyâ€™s done it before. Itâ€™s just a unique thing to be able to bring to skateboarding.â€
Twenty-five year old, Mountain Dew Athlete, Micky Papa, also took top honors in the rails section and was pumped to be on the winning team. â€œI was psyched on the whole team challenge because itâ€™s a little less pressure for everybody. Also being up here with these guys, I felt really confident we were going to do well.â€
“Itâ€™s been a huge opportunity to be here [at Dew Tour] and carry on Blindâ€™s legacy,â€ said Team Captain, Bill Weiss. “Weâ€™re so happy to have taken the win.â€
Team Flip Skateboards also had a solid showing throughout the contest, coming in close behind Blind with 359.66 total points. Plan B also threw down, landing in third with a 358.99.
Catch up on all of the action from the weekend at dewtour.com, and on July 30 and 31, the Dew Tour skateboarding competition will be broadcast nationally on NBC TV. The July 30 airing is from 5-6 pm EST; July 31 is from 2-4 pm EST.
1. Blind Skateboards | 369.32
Cody McEntire (USA), 90.33, Gaps
TJ Rogers (CAN), 90.33, Tech
Micky Papa (CAN), 95.66, Rails
Trey Wood (USA), 93.00, Bowl
2. Flip Skateboards | 359.66
Louie Lopez (USA), Â 92.00, Gaps
Luan Oliveira (BRA), 81.33, Tech
Alec Majerus (USA), 93.00, Rails
Curren Caples (USA), 93.33, Bowl
3. Plan B Skateboards | 358.99
Chris Joslin (USA), 94.00, Gaps
Scott Decenzo (CAN), 89.66, Tech
Jagger Eaton (USA), 92.33, Rails
Ryan Sheckler (USA), 93.33, Bowl