SOURCE: Maloof Skateboarding
IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2012) - Today Maloof Skateboarding announced the list of vert skaters who will compete in the Maloof World Skateboarding Championships, returning for a second year to Kimberley, South Africa Sept. 28-30. The best professional vert skaters from around the world will compete for the largest first place prize in vert skateboarding, $75,000, and a world championship title.
Thousands flocked to Kimberley, South Africa last September for the inaugural event. Hotels sold out all weekend, restaurants and businesses hired additional workers to help with the influx of fans who descended on the small town, once famous for its diamond mines. Dozens of busses brought fans from cities across the Northern Cape to local campgrounds that overflowed with tent cities.
"The reception we received in Kimberly and across South Africa for our contest last year was incredible," said Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Money Cup and owner of the NBA's Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "We're excited to return to Kimberley for a second year and I can tell you that the anticipation for this year's contest is inspiring. In the last year, South Africa has seen skateboarding grow to new heights as kids in townships and provinces across the Northern Cape take up skateboarding as an affordable, healthy activity. It's only a matter of time before we see these kids join the ranks of the international pros."
This year's pro vert skaters include Alex Perelson, Bob Burnquist, last year's winner Pierre Luc Gagnon, Sandro Dias, Elliot Sloan, Andy MacDonald, Adam Taylor, Danny Mayer and 12-year-old Tom Schaar. Schaar is the young newcomer who set a world record as the first skater to ever successfully land a 1080. He landed the huge trick again in the X Games Asia earlier this year to win the Mini Mega Gold.
The Maloof World Vert Championships will take place Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30.
"To be able to hold the world championships in Kimberly, South Africa, with this amazing group of athletes is unprecedented; there is just no other contest that compares to this in terms of prize purse, importance or pressure," says Tim McFerran, General Manager of Maloof Skateboarding. "We're proud to offer the highest cash prize in vert skateboarding and to bring these amazing pros to Kimberley to inspire a new generation of skateboarders in South Africa."
The Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships will be webcast live on the official Maloof Money Cup YouTube channel on the following dates/times:
Saturday, Sept. 29: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. EDT/ 9:45 p.m. - 3:30 a.m. Pacific
Sunday, Sept. 30: 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 a.m. EDT/ 11:45 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Pacific
PLG to Host Free Vert Clinic for South African Kids
This year, pro vert skater and Maloof Money Cup World Championship title holder, Pierre Luc Gagnon (PLG), will host a special vert clinic for young South African skateboarders leading up to the world championship contest. The free vert clinic is open to the first 40 South African skateboarders who sign up at www.maloofmoneycup.com.
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