Kyle Baldock competes during the BMX dirt event at the Portland Invitational.
(Photos by Alli Sports.)
With the Dew Tour finals looming, Salt Lake magazine caught up with skateboarding’s laureate, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, and the Aussie king of BMX, Kyle Baldock.

For those of you unfamiliar with genre, these guys are the Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant of their respective sports. So, when Baldock raved about the dirt course at the EnergySolutions Arena, where the competition is happening now through Sunday, we knew there’d be some impressive things going down.  “These are the biggest jumps I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Seriously.”

Baldock mid flip during the Portland leg of the Dew Tour.
Gagnon had similar praise for the tour in general,  ranking his win in last year’s championship alongside his three-peat in the X-games. “The Dew Tour is different,” he noted. “It’s about staying strong and consistent all year. You can’t really [mess] up and have to be solid at every event.”
Pierre-Luc Gagnon on the ramp in Ocean City, Md.
Now, Gagnon and Baldock have high hopes to exemplify this continuity as they duel with the likes of skateboarder Shaun White—you know, the snowboarding gold medalist—and BMX rider Scotty Cranmer during Saturday’s finals.

Not all the action is happening on the jumps and ramps, though. Check out the festival village set up between the arena and dirt park and pick up some schwag from companies like Mongoose, Pantech, and, of course, Mountain Dew. Carey Hart’s FMX team is also in town and will participate in the Speed and Style comp Friday (yes, tonight) at 7:30. The evening’s festivities will culminate immediately after the motocross event in a concert by Orem’s own The Used.

Want to do the Dew? Tickets are available at SmithsTix.