SOURCE: Maloof Skateboarding

Maloof Skateboarding

September 16, 2011 18:32 ET

Maloof All Pros Released, Top 16 Skaters From NY and DC Contests Invited to Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa Sept. 30 - Oct 2

All Eyes on Kimberley as the Best Street and Vert Skaters From Around the Globe Compete for Almost $500k in Cash & Prizes and World Championship Titles

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 16, 2011) - Maloof Skateboarding today announced the names of the 16 pro street skaters who have earned spots on the Maloof All Pro roster and are invited to compete in the first-ever Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa Sept 30 - Oct 2.

The skaters were selected based on their scores from this year's New York and Washington, D.C. contests. The 16 Maloof All Pros receive air and hotel accommodations while in Kimberley for the contest.

Maloof All Pros (earning invites to MMC SA):

Greg Lutzka
Jack Curtin
Andrew Reynolds
Justin Figueroa
Manny Santiago
Ryan Decenzo
Collin Provost
Dennis Busenitz
Sierra Fellers
Ronnie Creager
Bastien Salabanzi
Nick Merlino
Bobby Worrest
Eli Reed
Tom Asta
Johnny Layton

"By creating a Maloof All Pro team we wanted to recognize the best skateboarders in the world and promote them in every country that hosts a Maloof Money Cup contest," said Tim McFerran, general manager of Maloof Skateboarding. "As part of an elite class of the best skateboarders in the world, the All Pros will also receive free rooms at the Palms Casino Resort, vacations to international destinations and other benefits throughout 2012. We want this to be as prestigious as winning the Heisman or any other award that recognizes truly outstanding performances."

Over 1.9 million streams from fans around the world were recorded for the live webcast of the Maloof Money Cup DC contest earlier this month. While viewership in the U.S. increased dramatically for the DC contest, the international audience reached record numbers and accounted for 78 percent of the total viewers as a result of global marketing efforts and increased attention in South Africa and other international destinations. The Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships, presented by Kumba Iron Ore, will be webcast live on the official Maloof Money Cup YouTube channel on the following dates/times:

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)

The street course where the contest will be hosted pays tribute to Kimberley's heritage, incorporating the famous Kimberley diamond into the course design. Designed by Joe Ciaglia of California Skateparks and Pro Skater and Vans Team Rider Geoff Rowley, the features for the course are based on skate spots from around the world. Construction on the skate park began in July.

The Maloof Money Cup World Vert Championships will take place on a custom-designed vert ramp with a mini megaramp designed for high flying action. The world's best vert skaters, including Alex Perelson, Bob Burnquist, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Sandro Dias, Elliot Sloan, Andy MacDonald and Adam Taylor will compete on Sunday for the first-ever world championship vert title and a top cash prize of $75,000.

Both the new skate park and the vert ramp will be left permanently for the community.

"This is going to be a contest like we've never seen before," said Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Money Cup and owner of the NBA's Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "The best street and vert skaters from around the world competing for a world championship title, that's something that has never been done before. The street course and vert ramp we're building for this event are absolutely amazing and we are leaving everything behind for the community. This will make our second skate park left for communities this year and our third permanent park in two years. South Africa is a little different because there are so many children across the country who need help. We think skateboarding offers these kids an affordable, positive activity, and one that may provide career opportunities. The goal is that the kids in the community are inspired to take up skateboarding and that Kimberley becomes a world-class destination for skateboarders."

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