Skateboarders will soon be riding rails, jumping steps and airing out their ollies as the Maloof Money Cup makes its way back to Queens this summer.
Presented by Vans, Maloof Money Cup announced the first 24 skaters invited to compete in its New York and Washington, D.C. contests. New York’s competition will take place at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on June 4 and 5, and will also skate to Orange County, California and Kimberly, South Africa.
With a total prize purse for this year’s four Maloof Money Cup contests well over $2 million, it’s the richest prize purse in skateboarding. The remaining 24 invited skaters – who will round out the final roster of 48 – will be released exclusively on the Maloof Money Cup Facebook page over the next three weeks.
The event in Queens will include extreme sports action, live music and a festival village for family fun.
“We are so excited about the great talent in this year’s list for New York. We always get the best skateboarders to compete in our contest, but this year could be the strongest list yet,” said Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Money Cup and whose family owns the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “We’ve got some of the greatest skaters today with Geoff Rowley and Andrew Reynolds plus a rich pool of young talent. Any one of them could walk away with the biggest first place prize purse in skateboarding history.”
The Maloof Money Cup contest format was created by skateboarders and is widely praised for encouraging the hardest tricks in a fast-paced, energized environment. The Maloof Money Cup is held on custom built, cement street courses designed by the pros for each city, which incorporate features that replicate real street skating.
The top 16 finishers in D.C. and New York will become Maloof All Pros and will be invited to represent the U.S. in the first-ever world skateboarding championships in Kimberley, South Africa, September 30 through October 2. Following South Africa, the All Pros will return for the final U.S. Maloof Money Cup contest in Orange County, California, offering the largest prize purse in skateboarding.
Tickets range from free access to the Festival Village (the contest can be seen live on the Jumbotron), to $20 and $30 for premium seating. You can purchase tickets at www.MaloofMoneyCup.com
For more information, go to www.maloofmoneycup.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter @MaloofMoneyCup.