In it’s second year, the San Francisco Dew Tour has been stamped in epic proportions with some of the top athletes and young guns making history as Ryan Sheckler and Louie Lopez claimed the Dew Cup. Check out some of the video highlights, with exclusive Surf Channel interviews with David Gonzales and Sean Malto:
The 4-day competition consisted of Skateboard Street and Streetstyle, BMX Dirt and Street, and FMX in the heart of San Francisco. Fans of all ages came to see the best of the best along the Civic Center Plaza amongst the sponsor vendor booths full of free products, games and music.
One of the crowd favorites Sean Malto warms up the Dew Tour | Photo:The Surf Channel/ Katie Magana
Highlighting the event was the young and newly-turned-pro Louie Lopez, who made a huge impression in his first appearance at the Dew Tour in the Street competition. The pressure was heavy for Lopez facing the elite and experienced professional athletes such as Paul “P-Rod” Rodriguez, Sean Malto, Ryan Sheckler, Billy Marks and more.
Dew Tour rookie Louie Lopez makes top of the Skate Street podium | Photo: Alli Sports
Thrasher Magazine Skater of the Year, David Gonzalez took the crowd by surprise and was doing smith grinds and 50-50’s off of the fence bleachers right next to his fans.
P-Rod brought his flawless style to the streets of Dew Tour | Photo:The Surf Channel/ Katie Magana
Louie Lopez easily fit in with the pros, landing several clean tricks including a frontside bluntside 270, varial heelflip and half cab flip down the Hubba Hideout stairs and frontside 360 over the hip.
Not only was little Lopez able to hold his ground, but he came on top of the podium claiming the 1st Place Dew Cup in Street.
“This is insane,” said Lopez after his win. “This feels fake right now. It’s crazy. Having a contest in San Francisco is really cool.”
David Gonzalez gives San Francisco a show skating the bleachers| Photo: Katie Magana
Despite snapping his board before approaching the rail, Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler finished a solid second place in street with Canada’s ripper Ryan Decenzo following in third.
Not too far away from the street course was the Streetstyle course on a closed downhill street full of gnarly obstacles such as cargo containers, cars, jersey barriers and huge gaps that reaped serious consequences if taking a fall off them. Many skaters competed in both the street and streetstyle but faced the monstrous downhill with more caution than usual.
Curren Caples not only dominated the big boy features in Streetstyle, but he made a solid podium finish. | Photo: Alli Sports
Yet regardless of the scary features of streetsyle, skaters like David Gravette, Greg Lutzka, Adam Dyet, David Gonzalez, Curren Caples, Ryan Sheckler amongst many other skaters, remained to pull off insane tricks that seemed impossible. Ryan Decenzo impressed the crowd with his clean nollie off the cargo container.
David Gravette made a huge impact in the Streetstyle Finals. | Photo: Alli Sports
Ryan Sheckler started off his streetstyle run with a solid score of 90 to raise the bar high. Sheckler’s impressive run included a backside 360, wallride off a car, tailslide across the pyramid rail, backside flip onto the flatbed truck, and a backside lipslide. With incredibly high scores from the first two runs, Ryan Sheckler had a guaranteed podium position. It was Sheckler’s epic third run that left the crowd going insane after he landed a massive kickflip off the cargo container and over the gap.
Defining one of the most memorable moments of a huge kickflip off the cargo container, Ryan Sheckler won the Dew Cup in Skate Streetstyle. | Photo: Alli Sports
“I really enjoy this style and format of the contest,” Sheckler told Alli Sports, Sheckler commented on other friends and competitors performance including Curren Caples and David Gravette, “The course is so fun to skate and everyone uses their imagination to figure out what they want to do. I have a blast doing this contest. I would love to see more of these.”
Ryan Sheckler defends his title as the Skate Streetstyle champion at Dew Tour | Photo: Alli Sports
Only 17-years-old, Curren Caples made his first appearance as a Pro at the Dew Tour Street and Streetstyle competition. Young gun Caples made an huge impact in streetstyle and had an undeniable flow that made every flip trick and air effortless. Curren kept the older skaters on their feet and earned his place in second right behind defending Streetstyle champ Ryan Sheckler while David Gravette finished third.