THIRD ANNUAL MOUNTAIN DEW FREE FLOW TOUR SENDS MASSACHUSETTS SKATEBOARDER TO SKATE WITH THE PROS AT X GAMES X IN LOS ANGELES

Mountain Dew today announced Emanuel Santiago, 17 of Lowell, Mass. as the grand prize winner of this year’s Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour. Competing against the entire Mountain Dew Free Flow Team at the Encinitas YMCA Skatepark on July 31, Santiago was selected by Mountain Dew pros Shaun White, Rune Glifberg and Pat Channita as the top skateboarder of the tour and will go on to practice with the pros on the competition street course of X Games X in Los Angeles.

Sponsored by boardsports veteran brands Powell Skateboards and Split Clothing, the 2004 Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour kicked off May 15 in New Hampshire and visited 13 skateparks around the country, sponsoring amateur skateboarders and stoking crowds everywhere it visited. Some participants traveled hundreds of miles to compete in the jam-style contests that regularly drew close to 100 participants at each stop.

When it was all said and done, 39 top amateur skateboarders secured spots on the Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour team this year, bringing the total number of members to 118 over the past three years of the Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour’s existence. In addition to a free trip to the Encinitas Finals Event, each Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour winner received a $200 Mountain Dew “Skate Scholarship, free gear from Mountain Dew and tour sponsors, and plenty of free Mountain Dew. Tour winners were also featured on the Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour website, www.freeflowtour.com.

The Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour also gave back to skateparks around the country through the Free Flow Rail Program. The first-ever program of its kind, the Free Flow Rail Program donated custom-built skateboard rails to each host skatepark on the tour. In addition, all registration fees from the 2004 Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour will be donated to the Tim Brauch Fund, a non-profit skateboarding charity.

ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN DEW FREE FLOW TOUR

The Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour is a grassroots, jam-style amateur skateboarding contest series. After its successful debut in 2001, this year’s Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour expects to draw thousands of enthusiastic participants and spectators to each of its scheduled Tour stops. Running from May through August 2004, the Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour lets local up-and-coming skaters from each region compete to potentially earn one of 39 available spots on Mountain Dew’s Free Flow Skateboard Team. Winners will join the ranks of the 79 stand-out rippers from previous years, including Adam Romero (Ariz.), Chris Mendes (Calif.), Zach West (Texas) and Gabe Peterson (Ohio). The three overall winners at each Tour stop will receive lucrative prize packages including a $200 Mountain Dew Skate Scholarship, cool gear and apparel from Mountain Dew and Tour partners, and plenty of free Dew. Winners will also compete in a finals event and be featured as Team members on www.freeflowtour.com. Anyone under 18 years of age is eligible to become an official Mountain Dew Free Flow Skateboard Team member. Mountain Dew, Powell Skateboards and Split Clothing encourage local skateboarders from across the country to Show Up. Skate. Get Sponsored.

Contest registration forms are available at participating skateparks, skate shops and sporting-goods stores throughout each region and at www.freeflowtour.com. There is a $10 entry fee, and skaters younger than 18 years of age who are not members of the host skatepark must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability wavier.