How to watch in person
This event is completely FREE, and NO tickets are required! Just show up and soak up the atmosphere. This is a change from last year’s event, which was a ticketed event to control attendance. The festivities start at Lauridsen Skatepark on Friday from 3 – 10 p.m. and Saturday 2 – 10 p.m. This year’s event is a finals-only style, meaning athletes were selected by invite only. Cheer the athletes on in both park and street style competitions. Pro tip: viewing takes place on the lawn overlooking the skatepark, and while lawn chairs are not allowed, you can bring picnic blankets for viewing. The full event schedule is here.
Where to park
Parking is located in the Iowa Events Center parking lot between 3rd Street and 5th Avenue, just north of the convention center. Parking is $10 per car. ADA and spectator drop off/pick up can occur off of 3rd Street at either Park or Center Street and the entrance is located off 2nd Avenue and Crocker Street. For more information on services and policies, click here.
Lauridsen Skatepark is located in the heart of downtown Des Moines on five acres at the northern edge of the Principal Riverwalk and just east of Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center. Designed by renowned skateboarders Lance Mountain and Colby Carter of California Skateparks, Lauridsen Skatepark is an attractive extension of the city’s beautiful Principal Riverwalk. The Lauridsen Park course design is consistent with professional-level park course venues, such as those on the Vans Park Series world tour and is capable of hosting amateur through world-class professional events. It’s also the largest skatepark in the country!
Dew Tour Experience
New this year, Dew Tour Experience is for all the fans attending. Open throughout the weekend, this will have tons of fan-based activities. A sponsor village with booths to explore, food trucks, pro athlete photo opportunities, poster signings, and so much more. It’s sure to bring Dew Tour to a whole new level. Check out the whole event map here.
Battle of the Shops
Another new aspect to Dew Tour Des Moines is the Battle of the Shops. This is a way to recognize local Midwest skate shops, as well as add a little competition. The shops competing are Subsect in Des Moines, Escapist in Kansas City, Familia in Minneapolis, Eduskate in Cedar Rapids, and Infinity in St. Louis. Two amateur skaters from each shop will compete for cash prizes and all the glory! See this on Saturday from 4:40 - 6 p.m. at the street course.
Want to see Dew Tour in a whole new way? Purchase VIP tickets for the weekend! You will receive premium viewing areas, including the VIP Air Force Hanger and daily catering and snacks throughout the day, VIP bar access, limited-edition merchandise, and so much more. Available as a one-day or two-day pass, with both Standard and Gold options. Get your tickets here.
Watch Dew Tour live from anywhere in the world! Go to dewtour.com/live on July 29 – 30, 2022 to view the livestream partners and schedule.
Dew Tour App
Of course there’s an app. With updated event times and easy access to the live stream, it’s your one stop shop. Download it here.
Who to Watch
With athletes of all ages competing, the Dew Tour is sure to entertain. We’ve rounded up a few athletes to keep your eyes out for. Check out the full list of skaters here.
Sky Brown: Sky is a 14 year old with dual citizenship in Japan and Great Britain. She has been skating and surfing since the age of two and will be one of the youngest competitors of the tour. Not only is she an extremely competitive surfer, but she also was the first winner of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
Yuto Horigome: During the inaugural skateboarding event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Yuto took gold in the Street event, making him the first person to ever win a gold medal for skateboarding at the Olympics. As someone still young, he has already gotten the attention of April skateboards, Nike SB, and more.
Gavin Bottger: Sure to be one of the youngest competitors at Dew Tour this year, Gavin made a name for himself in Des Moines last year. He proved his ability when he took 3rd place last year and is going to be in the running for the top of the podium this year.
While You’re in Des Moines
Looking for other ways to spend the rest of your hours in Des Moines? Check out all our The Catch List itineraries or our crowdsourced Des Best blogs to see why we like to say in Des Moines, the S’s are silent, but our city is buzzing!