Free Flow Skate Schedule for 2012:
- June 9, Incline Club, Lakewood, N.J., BMX park
- June 9-10, Woodward West, Tehechula, Calif., BMX park, BMX dirt, skate street, skate bowl, skate vert
- June 23, Da Compound, Perris, Calif., BMX park
- June 24, Skatelab, Simi Valley, Calif., skate park
- June 24, 3rd Lair, Golden Valley, Minn., skate park, skate bowl
- June 30, Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa, Fla., skate park, skate vert
- June 30, Charm City, Baltimore, Md., skate park
- July 1, Jaycee, Greenville, N.C., BMX park
- July 14-15, Woodward East, State College, Pa., BMX park, BMX dirt, skate street, skate bowl, skate vert
- July 21, 4 Seasons, Milwaukee, Wisc., BMX park, skate park
- July 28, Epic, Rocklin, Calif., skate park
- July 28-29, Flow, Columbus, Ohio, BMX park, skate park
- **August 16-19, Free Flow Tour Finals, Ocean City, Md., BMX park, skate bowl, skate vert
- ***October 18-21, Free Flow Tour Finals, San Francisco, Calif., BMX dirt, skate street
- ** Free Flow Tour BMX Park, Skate Bowl and Skate Vert Finals held in conjunction with the Dew Tour Beach event
- *** Free Flow Tour BMX Dirt and Skate Street Finals held in conjunction with the Dew Tour's City event
What's the Free Flow Tour Like?I asked a mom of a couple of skaters who did well at the Free Flow Tour (but who's names I'm leaving out on purpose!) to tell me her impressions of the tour:
This is one of the most exciting Amateur contests of the year. Past winners include David Loy, Chaz Ortiz & Timmy Knuth. This contest gives locals kids a chance to compete on a national stage and get their names out there. If you win a spot to compete in Salt Lake City, it's like having an instant live "sponsor me tape".The contests are all local, but skaters are welcome to come from anywhere to any competition. That means that, if you don't do well at one, you can hit up another one later! It also means that this is a great way to meet other local skaters, and to push yourself, and to have a good time! Jack Olson won the skate park contest at the Free Flow Tour Finals, held along with the Dew Tour. “It feels great. I never dreamed it would happen to me,” Olson said. “It took me three contests to qualify for the Free Flow Tour Finals, so this gave me the chance to prove myself. I knew there was a way bigger prize at stake, so I knew I had to skate harder than I ever have.”
But watch out, this contest brings out the best skaters in the area, if you win your local contest, you are on your way! Last year I attended the Mesh Contest in Longwood Florida and it was some of the best local skating I've seen. These kids knew a trip to Salk Lake City and national recognition was on the line, competition was fierce and it came down to perfect runs. Free Flow judges are tough, its jam format, then if you make the cut it's semi final jams, then you get one final 60 second run. Last year they gave the final three skaters, one last, one try, final trick. Could it be more nerve wracking! In this competition, at this level they are looking for perfection and skill.
If you think you got what it takes to win at one of the stops, go for it. This tour is fun, competitive and you never know you can be the next Chaz Ortiz! From Flow to Pro!
With the win at the Free Flow Tour Finals, Olson earned a spot in the Dew Tour’s PlayStation® Pro in Orlando, Fla.
If you or your kid loves skateboarding, and wants a chance to get out there and be seen, to make new friends, and to be challenged - then the Free Flow Tour was made for you. Take a look at the Free Flow Tour website to find more stops near you, or plan to travel and hit even more! Come out to watch, come to skate, and come to have fun.