The Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Dew Tour, has announced their 2010 schedule. Take a look at the 30 parks on this year’s tour and go to the Free Flow site to enter. Read the press release below for more info.

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GATORADE FREE FLOW TOUR ANNOUNCES 2010 SCHEDULE

Sixth Season of Amateur Skate Series Includes Dept of Skate, Kona and Epic; Registration Now Open at gatoradefreeflowtour.com

Burr Ridge, Ill. – April 26, 2010 – Seeking the best amateur skateboarders across the country, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour today announced the complete skate schedule for the 2010 season. Hosting a total of 30 skate park and vert contests at 23 parks this summer, the Tour officially kicks off May 22 in Rye, N.H. at Rye Airfield. Registration for all events is now open at gatoradefreeflowtour.com.

Highlighting the 2010 schedule, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour returns to standout parks Department of Skateboarding (Portland, Ore.) – who hosted the Tour in 2005-06 – and Kona Skatepark (Jacksonville, Fla.), who hosted in 2008 and produced GFFT skate park champion Timmy Knuth.

A first for the amateur circuit, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour will raise the age limit of all of its skate contests to 21.

“We are excited about the stellar park lineup for the upcoming season of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour,” said Kenny Mitchell, action sports team manager for Gatorade. “And opening skate up to a new age range allows us to bring the 2010 Tour to a whole new group of young skaters so Gatorade can continue to fuel the progression of action sports by helping identify the best amateur talent out there.”

The sole skatepark that has been a part of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour since its inception, Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, Calif. will host a stop for the sixth consecutive year. The roster of top skateparks for the 2010 Tour also includes the additions of Plan 9 in St. Louis, Mo., Skate City in Las Vegas, Nev., McDonough, Ga.’s Hazard County and the Skatebarn in Seattle, Wash.

The Gatorade Free Flow Tour returns to the Skatelab (Simi Valley, Calif., third consecutive year) and Epic Skatepark (Rocklin, Calif., second year in a row) as well.

Last year, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour crowned two overall champions – Jack Olson in skate park and Clay Kreiner in skate vert. Other past Gatorade Free Flow Tour skate park champions include Jeff Ward (2005), David Loy (’06) and Chaz Ortiz (’07, Dew Cup winner in 2008) and Timmy Knuth (’08), along with skate vert champions Ben Hatchell (’07) and Paul-Luc Ronchetti (’08).

The 2010 Gatorade Free Flow Tour will include a total of 30 skateboarding competitions (seven skate vert and 23 skate park) at 23 parks across the United States. The winners in each of the 30 competitions will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Dew Tour’s Toyota Challenge, September 16-19. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall skate champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the final stop of the 2010 Dew Tour season, October 14-17 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

2010 REGISTRATION
All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors 21 and younger for all skate disciplines. There is a $15 entry fee, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available ahead of time at gatoradefreeflowtour.com.

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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 BMX riders to showcase their skills. The 2010 Tour consists of 47 regional events across 30 parks in the U.S., featuring skateboarding (park and vert) and BMX (park and dirt). The winner of each regional event earns 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 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 BMX riders and provide an extended platform to grow action sports. Fuel TV broadcasts select coverage of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, and allisports.com is the home of all digital content and Tour information. More information can be found at gatoradefreeflowtour.com.

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Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, is a global business that encompasses national and international action sports tours and events, multimedia production, and a consumer-facing lifestyle brand. The Alliance includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, China Invitational, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, King of Wake series, and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Alli Productions, which creates original content, produces and presents content with partners and distributes Alli content through a variety of channels. Alli is owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks. More information can be found at www.allisports.com.