Dew Tour Strengthens Iowa’s Skateboarding Community

DES MOINES, IOWA — Kids often look up to sports personalities as idols, icons and their heroes. And the same goes for professional skateboarders

The Dew Tour just wrapped up its second year in a row at the Lauridsen Skatepark downtown and it’s helping subway kids develop their love for the sport.

“Yeah, it really makes me want to practice more and it inspires me so much because I know I want to be up there one day and I want to do that one day,” said Mila from Des Moines.

Mila has been skateboarding for a little over a year now, ever since she got on her older sister’s skateboard.

“I really like watching people compete, it’s really fun, Sky Brown and Brice, those guys are really good and Gavin is good too,” Mila said of her favorite skaters competing. Sky Brown won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 aged 13, and Mila said that’s what motivates her to train as much as she does.

Kids and teens were able to skate the second half of Lauridsen Skatepark as the pros battled it out. Another subway kid said it was his first year on the Dew Tour and it was worth it.

“It’s my first time here, well that was yesterday,” said D’Mondre from Des Moines. “I just got a deck of mine signed by the whole Burough skate team, Shane O’Neill, crazy.”

D’Mondre said her goal is to compete in her hometown on the Dew Tour.

“I might try to improve every time, who knows, maybe I’ll be here next time,” D’Mondre said.

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