For the first time in its five-year history, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour will be highlighted by a stop in “Pro Town, USA.” Held at the Jaycee Extreme Park, the Greenville, N.C. stop will hold a BMX park competition. Also highlighting the 2009 BMX schedule are the additions of top parks 4 Seasons in Milwaukee, Wis., Solution in Muncie, Ind. and Windell’s Camp in Mt. Hood, Ore. Committed to holding competitions in the best parks across the country, the 2009 schedule also returns to other standout parks including the Autumn Ramp Park (Joplin, Mo.), The Compound (Perris, Calif.), Ramp Ratz (Petaluma, Calif.) and Mesh (Longwood, Fla.).
In 2008, Tyler Chamberlain (BMX vert) and Glenn Salyers (BMX park) were crowned the overall champions. Herrick, Ill.-native Chamberlain won the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s stop at Woodward West, going on to claim the title at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in Salt Lake City and the chance to compete against the Dew Tour’s best. Salyers, from Kokomo, Ind., earned his berth into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals by winning the 6th Ave. Skatepark stop of the ’08 circuit. He went on to claim the overall BMX park title and a spot in the PlayStation® Pro. Look for both Salyers and Chamberlain to compete in the Dew Tour’s upcoming Nike 6.0 BMX Open, taking place in Chicago’s Grant Park, June 26-27.
Past Gatorade Free Flow Tour BMX park champions include Kevin Kiraly (2005), Mike Spinner (’06) and Ricky Moseley (’07) and BMX vert champion John Chin (’07).
The 2009 Gatorade Free Flow Tour BMX schedule* includes the following dates and locations:
All events include park contests; bolded events indicate vert competitions in addition to park
All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors under the age of 21 for BMX competitions. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available at gatoradefreeflowtour.com and at Gatorade Free Flow Tour host parks. There is an entry fee that varies park to park, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Check out gatoradefreeflowtour.com or host parks for registration forms.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Dew Tour, holds competitions across the country throughout the summer and provides a platform for amateur skaters and riders to showcase their skills. The 2009 Tour consists of 53 regional events across 33 cities in the U.S., featuring skateboarding (vert and park) and BMX (vert and park). The winners of each regional event earn a trip to compete in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals held at the Dew Tour's Toyota Challenge, and the champions in the four disciplines of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals automatically earn a spot to compete against the pros in the Dew Tour's season-ending stop. Gatorade’s partnership with the Free Flow Tour began in 2009 and with its presence comes an added commitment to uplift amateur skaters and riders and provide an extended platform to grow action sports. Fuel TV will broadcast select coverage of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour and allisports.com will be the home of all digital content and Tour information. More information can be found at gatoradefreeflowtour.com.