MALOOF MONEY CUP NY COURSE DESIGN RELEASED
START OF CONSTRUCTION SIGNALS COUNTDOWN TO FIRST-EVER MMC BIG APPLE CONTEST
NYC Event Set for June 5-6, 2010 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens: World-Class Skate Park to Be Built & Donated to City through “Adopt-a-Park” Program
The Maloof Money Cup co-presented by Vans today released the design for the street course that will host the world’s best skateboarders at the 2010 Maloof Money Cup in Queens, June 5-6. The one-of-a-kind skate park, designed by pro skateboarders, will be donated to the City after the event through the NYC Parks & Recreation Department’s “Adopt-a-Park” program.
Construction of the 16,000-square-foot skate park (being constructed on top of the former Astral Fountain in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) gets underway this month, signaling that the countdown to the first-ever Maloof Money Cup New York has officially begun. Pro skaters Chris Cole and Geoff Rowley, NY skate legend Steve Rodriguez and Joe Ciaglia, president of California Skateparks, led the design of the world-class street course.
“The Maloof Money Cup New York street course was inspired by real skate spots from each of the five boroughs,” said Rodriguez. “We’ve replicated and improved spots like the Ziegfeld ledge, Con Ed Banks and the Brooklyn Banks 9-stair rail. It will no doubt be exciting to watch the MMC pros ‘break in’ the course that will become the local spot for many NY skaters for years to come.”
The 16,000-sqare-foot course was inspired by NY street spots within the five boroughs, such as:
· Original Brooklyn Banks 9-stair replica rail
· Union Square rail/steps
· Police Plaza 7-stair rail/various stairs
· Ziegfeld ledge
· Chrystie Park ledge
· Exchange Place street gap
· JFK Banks
· Con Ed Banks
· Pyramid ledges
· Flushing Meadows Park ledge-over-the-grate replica
· Various rails in public parks and the aesthetics of many of the “spots” in Brooklyn
Maloof Money Cup New York – June 5-6, 2010
MMC New York will feature the VOLCOM STREET PRO as well as the World Industries amateur championship. The NY contest will offer free tickets distributed at partner outlets (seats are limited) and will also feature a 50,000-square-foot festival village hosting action sports retailers and a variety of skateboarding activities for all ages. The NY prize purse is nearly $250,000 in cash and prizes, with $100,000 going to the winner.
“New York was first on our list of expansion markets because it’s the headquarters for skateboarding on the East Coast and is home to some of the most iconic skate spots in the world,” said Joe Maloof. “With the Brooklyn Banks now closed for four years and the Unisphere set to close indefinitely, the timing was perfect for us to bring the Maloof Money Cup to New York City. The skateboarding community is really phenomenal in how open and inclusive they are of everyone. We’ve always wanted to build a park that we can leave intact for everyone in the community to enjoy, and thanks to the NYC Parks & Recreation Department and support from Vans and other sponsors, we were able to make it happen.”
Sportsvibe caught up with the Birdman for a sit down recently while he was in Abu Dhabi for the Laureus Sports Awards. Sit back for the next ten minutes and hear Tony Hawk talking about being bullied in school, turning pro at 14, the 900, and his appearance in The Simpsons.
Check these videos showing Levi Brown, Dallas Rockvan, Nick Garcia and more skateboarding barefoot.
These were filmed in support of TOMS Shoes’ upcoming One Day Without Shoes on April 8th in which it asks everyone worldwide to go barefoot for the day, part of the day, or even just a few minutes to experience what millions of children endure regularly.
Ambig’s 2nd video for Woodward skate camp is live on its site.
Antihero’s 3rd strike catalog is now live. Full new series from Dennis McNett plus two new Traipsin videos. Don’t Traipse On Me and Traipsin Salbaland. Check it out.
Craig Glover and his shop in Santa Clarita, California (Mike Franklin’s hometown) Push X-Change are having three different benefits to help him with his medical costs. They will be raffling off tons of skate product to help raise money.
The first event will be Wednesday March 24 at Skatelab in Simi Valley, California. The second and third events will take place at the Santa Clarita skatepark at dates to be announced. Peep the flier below and a special video of Mike way back in 2005 that Craig filmed.
Get well soon homey!