HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Next year will mark a banner year for the sport of skateboarding. The long regarded ‘extreme’ sport is set to make it’s Olympic debut next summer during the 2020 games in Tokyo, Japan.
For skaters across the country this marks one of the most historic skating tour seasons in recent memory. A pair of Hawaii skaters will compete in the first Olympic qualifying event for points on June 13. in Long Beach California.
Hawaii Kai native Hunter Long has been the face of female skateboarding in the islands for years and is looking forward to representing Hawaii in the inaugural event.
“The Dew Tour is the first Olympic event that’s for points," Long said. "I’m really excited and this is literally history in the making which is crazy to be apart of it.”
Skaters with top finishes in the Dew Tour event will earn points toward a possible spot on the Olympic skateboarding team. Only three boys and three girls will make the 2020 roster.
Street and park style are the two areas of competition in the Dew Tour qualifier and the Olympic sanctioned competition next year.
Long has skated in the X-Games an Vans Park series many times before but acknowledges that the added pressure of an Olympic qualifying event makes the stakes even higher.
“I’m definitely going for the Olympics," Long said. "My goal is too make the US team and represent Hawaii and I’m enjoying the process and the journey as well.”
The Olympics have brought an amount of legitimacy to skateboarding that has helped sponsors take notice and give the riders more support.
Long believes the transformation and evolution of female extreme sports continues to grow every year.
“A couple years ago it was one big event,” Long said. “But now there’s a whole tour and now we have X-games and now with the Olympics we have a huge amount of support in female skateboarding right now.”
The Dew tour will run from June. 13 to June 16.
15 year old Kody Tamanaha participated in the Women’s Park Open qualifier and placed in the top 14 with a score of 23.00.