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Dew Tour do it downtown

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DEW TOUR/ALLI SPORTS - BMX rider Scotty Cranmer and the rest of the Dew Tour stars will tackle streetstyle courses in downtown Portland, Aug. 16 and 17.The BMX and skateboarding stars of the Dew Tour will compete in the heart of downtown Portland for the first time, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17.

The Dew Tour Toyota City Championships makes its stop in Portland with all the action taking place on the urban backdrop of Southwest Broadway between Jefferson and Salmon streets.

It’s a free event to attend — just find a good spot to view it. Gates open at noon Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday and action goes into the evening. There’ll be a live DJ on Saturday and vendors are among the attractions.

Featured athletes are Drew Bezanson and Chad Kerley (BMX Streetstyle), Kyle Baldock and Andy Buckworth (BMX Dirt), Ryan Sheckler and David Gravette (Skateboard Streetstyle) and Garrett Hill and Jordan Hoffart (Skateboard Best Trick).

So, what kind of courses will be downtown?

The courses will feature real street obstacles with reinforced structures.

Streetstyle is the Dew Tour’s signature discipline for both skateboard and BMX. The course uses urban-inspired elements and settings to create a downhill on Broadway. The combination of ledges and rails with other streetstyle obstacles will foster different lines and tricks.

BMX Dirt Session, an all-new event, challenges riders in dirt jumping and ramp tricks.

Skateboard Best Trick allows skaters to showcase their technical skills and go big as they maneuver over, onto and through the course.

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Dew Tour, which has typically been staged at the Rose Quarter, starting in 2005. It returns to Portland after a two-year hiatus.

“We’re bringing something really fresh to a city with deep roots in the action sports culture,” Bezanson says.

The Portland event is the second of four marquee Dew Tour stops, following Ocean City, Md., and preceding Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sept. 20-21) and Breckenridge, Colo. (Dec. 11-14). The event can be streamed live on www.dewtour.com and will be broadcast Oct. 18-19 on NBC.