SOURCE: Maloof Skateboarding

Maloof Skateboarding

September 26, 2011 19:54 ET

Countdown Begins for the Maloof Money Cup Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa

Lizard King, Lutzka, Reynolds, PLG, Dias, Burnquist Among World's Top Pros Battling for World Championship Title and Nearly $500,000 Prize Purse

KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - The final preparations are being made for the Maloof Money Cup Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa this weekend, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2. The best professional street and vert skateboarders in the world will compete for a cash and prize purse of nearly $500,000 and a world championship title.

Construction is in its final stages this week and more than 120 local volunteers from Kimberley came out to the park to assist with a special tree planting ceremony Monday, part of the Northern Cape Provincial Government's initiative to create more green space in Kimberley.

Hazel Jenkins, Premier of the Northern Cape Province, said, "This skate park will be the finest in the world and will attract skateboarders, worldwide, to Kimberley." The skate park design pays tribute to Kimberley's heritage, incorporating the famous Kimberley diamond into the design, as well as large areas of green space. The skate park is situated near "The Big Hole," a former diamond mine that was once the world's largest and considered the largest hand-dug excavation on earth when it was finally closed in 1914. The Maloof Skate Park will remain behind after the contest and is the centerpiece for a new convention center and hotel complex that will position Kimberley as the extreme sports capital of South Africa.

The Maloof Money Cup South Africa will also feature a 50,000 square-foot Festival Village offering DJs, autograph signings with pro skaters and skateboarding activities for all ages. Access to the Festival Village is free and open to the public. A Benefit Concert will be held Saturday night and will feature local South African acts including Danny Kaye, Lefa, Jozi, and HHP. Grammy winning artist Lil Jon will headline the contest. Tickets are available at www.computicket.com.

Pro skaters Lizard King and Matt Miller arrived in South Africa early to visit local kids and conduct skate demos leading up to the Maloof Money Cup South Africa, including a visit to Postmasburg.

"Being here in South Africa is absolutely amazing, insane. We went out to Postmasburg and taught kids how to skate over the weekend," said pro skater Lizard King. "The kids are awesome. I found out today that Kimberley was voted #2 for the nicest people in Africa. No joke; from a guy wearing a suit. Everyone here is so amazing, so nice, willing to do anything for you. The course is definitely the best Maloof course ever made so far. It's sick. The contest is gonna be insane. I'm hyped, can't wait to skate."

Maloof Money Cup Skateboarding World Championships -- Confirmed Riders

Louie Lopez
Curren Caples
Greg Lutzka
Manny Santiago
Ryan Decenzo
Collin Provost
Johnny Layton
Lizard King
Bobby Worrest
Eli Reed
Andrew Reynolds
Pete Eldridge
Nick Merlino
Ronnie Creager
Sierra Fellers
Jack Curtin
Tom Asta
Ishod Wair
Evan Smith
Matt Miller
Kurtis Colamonico
Garret Hill
Bryan Hansen
Andrew Cannon
Tommy Sandoval
Anthony Schultz
Alex Mizurov
Pierre Luc Gagnon
Bob Burnquist
Adam Taylor
Andy MacDonald
Jake Brown
Elliot Sloan
Sandro Dias
Pedro Barros
Marcelo Bastos

Event Schedule
Friday, Sept. 30th: Vert Qualifiers, Street Qualifiers, and Mini Mega
10am - 11am: Open Vert and Mini Mega Practice
10am - 1:30pm: Open Street Practice
11am - 1pm: Vert World Championship Qualifiers
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Street World Championship Qualifiers
5pm - 6pm: Mini Mega

Saturday, Oct. 1st: Street Semi-Finals and Vert World Championship
10am - 1pm: Open Street Practice
10am - 11am: South African Am Vert Practice
11am - 12pm: South African Am Vert
12pm - 4:30pm: Vert World Championship Practice
1pm - 4pm: Street World Championship Semi-Finals
4:30pm - 6pm: Vert World Championship Finals and Awards
7pm - 10pm: Benefit Concert at GWK Stadium featuring Lil Jon

Sunday, Oct. 2nd: Am Street, Mini Mega Rail Jam, and Street World Championships
10am - 12pm: Open Street Practice
12pm - 2pm: South African Am Street
3pm - 4pm: Mini Mega Rail Jam
3pm - 4:30pm: Street World Championship Practice
4:30pm - 6pm: Street World Championship Finals and Awards

Saturday, Oct. 1: 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. PDT, 7 a.m. to 12 noon EDT (The contest will be re-run in its entirety immediately following the live webcast)
Sunday, Oct. 2: 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. PDT, 9 a.m. to 12 noon EDT (The contest will be re-run in its entirety immediately following the live webcast)

About The Maloof Money Cup
Maloof Skateboarding (www.maloofskateboarding.com) produces the Maloof Money Cup. Presented by Vans, the Maloof Money Cup is the world's greatest skateboarding event and the premier showcase for amateur and professional skateboarding. In addition to the U.S. contests, the Maloof Money Cup expands internationally this year with the first ever Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa, September 30 - Oct 2. Join our online community to share the competition experience with a global audience and be the first to know about exciting upcoming MMC announcements. Go to www.maloofmoneycup.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @MaloofMoneyCup.

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