GRINDTV Newswire via The Dew Tour – Burr Ridge, Ill. – May 10, 2010 – Following a gold-medal-winning performance at the Vancouver Olympics in snowboard halfpipe, Shaun White will now be vying for a new title to add to his collection – Skateboarding World Champion. White’s opportunity for his second major accolade of the year will take place at the Dew Tour’s Skate Open, International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) Skateboarding World Championships June 25-26 at Boston’s legendary TD Garden. Tickets for the first stop of the 2010 Dew Tour are on sale now at starting at just $15.

“Winning my second gold medal at the Olympics was unbelievable, and I’m excited to get back to skateboarding,” White said. “After taking a year off, the Dew Tour’s Skate Open is the perfect place for me to kick-off my summer of skating.”

Highlighting the athlete roster for the Dew Tour’s Skate Open, two-time Olympic gold medalist White immediately switched his focus to skateboarding for the remainder of the 2010 season after claiming his second consecutive gold medal in the men’s snowboard halfpipe competition at the Vancouver Games. Almost as accomplished on the vert ramp as he is in the halfpipe – capturing the 2007 Dew Cup with three straight event titles before taking home an X Games gold medal that same summer – White will be competing at the Dew Tour’s Skate Open – his first skateboarding contest since his recent Olympic snowboarding victory, and his first time competing for the title of Skate Vert World Champion.

In addition to White, top skate athletes from around the world will be competing at the Skate Open in both skate park and vert, including defending Dew Cup champion and Skate Vert World Champion, Bucky Lasek. Boston-local Andy Macdonald, up-and-comer Alex Perelson and vert legend Bob Burnquist will also be among those competing at TD Garden against White in a fierce battle for both the Skate Open win and the title of ISF Skateboarding World Champion in the vert discipline.

The defending Skate Park World Champion and three-time Dew Cup champion, Ryan Sheckler will look to repeat his World Champion status again in 2010. However, he will have to contend with the likes of Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz and Greg Lutzka.

Tickets to see White, Sheckler, Rodriguez and more than 150 of the world’s best skate park and vert athletes at TD Garden, June 25-26, are now on sale at Ticketmaster, and select Ticketmaster retail outlets or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For Saturday’s finals, Action Zone tickets cost $100 a day for adults and children and provide access to priority reserved seating for all finals contests on Saturday, in addition to official Dew Tour merchandise, a behind-the-scenes tour, athlete autograph session, merchandise discount coupon, Fast Pass access into all venues and interactive areas, and cold Mountain Dew. Reserved seating tickets will be $35 for children and adults and guarantees seating for all finals competitions. Grounds Pass tickets cost $15 for adults and children.

Friday’s event tickets are on sale for $15 for all ages. The ticket will include admission to all preliminary round competitions held at TD Garden.

In addition to world-class competitions, the two-day event will also include a free music concert – taking place at City Hall Plaza on Friday, June 25 – and an interactive Festival Village featuring Mountain Dew and FUEL TV’s Green Label Experience, the Nike iD program where fans can customize their own pair of shoes, the NERF Dart Tag World Championships and free product giveaways, demos of the latest Sony and PlayStation games and electronics and athlete autograph signings.

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The Skate Open schedule of events is as follows:
Friday, June 25 – Gates open at 3pm
3:00pm Festival Village opens
3:45pm-5:00pm Women’s SKB vert prelims
5:15pm-6:45pm Men’s SKB park prelims, Group 1
7:15pm-8:45pm Men’s SKB park prelims, Group 2
9:00pm-10:30pm Concert at City Hall Plaza

Saturday, June 26 – Gates open at noon
Noon Festival Village opens
4:00pm-4:45pm Women’s SKB vert finals
5:00pm-6:00pm Men’s SKB vert finals
7:00pm-8:00pm Women’s SKB park finals
8:30pm-9:30pm Men’s SKB park finals

**Schedule is subject to change**

The 2009 ISF Skateboarding World Championship titles were awarded to Ryan Sheckler (skate park, men), Vanessa Torres (skate park, women), Bucky Lasek (skate vert, men) and Lyn-z Adams Hawkins (skate vert, women).

The complete 2010 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Skate Open, June 25-26 Boston, Mass. – TD Garden
ISF Skateboarding World Championships
Nike 6.0 BMX Open July 23-24 Chicago, Ill. – Soldier Field South Festival Lot
Wendy’s Invitational Aug. 12-15 Portland, Ore. – Rose Quarter
Toyota Challenge Sept. 16-19 Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena
Dew Tour Championships Oct. 14-17 Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Below is a sneak peak of the ISF Skatboarding World Championships course: