Maloof Skateboarding has announced the list of vert skaters who will compete in the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships, which will be returning for a second year to Kimberley in the Northern Cape from 28 – 30 September. The best professional vert skaters from around the world will compete for the massive $75 000 first place prize and the world championship title.
Thousands of skateboarding enthusiasts flocked to Kimberley last year 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 country take on 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 on Saturday, 29 September, and Sunday, 30 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 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.”
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Alex Perelson in action during the 2011 Maloof Money Cup South Africa Photographer: Maloof Skateboarding