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Maloof Money Cup: a $500,000 Skate Contest

maloof money cupOn July 11th – 13th, one of the gnarliest skateboard contests, if not thee gnarliest one ever, will go down in Orange County. The Maloof Money Cup offers the largest sum of money ever thrown into a skate contest, $500,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs. And the entire street course will be constructed only to be destroyed when the contest is over. How gnarly is that? Seriously, it almost feels like a total waste of money to destroy the park after the contest, but I guess when you’re a Maloof brother money ain’t a thing.

You see, Joe Maloof is the mastermind behind putting on this contest; he and his brothers are also the owners of the Sacramento Kings, The Palms Hotel & Casino, Wells Fargo, and pretty much every popular beer company except Budweiser. I think its actually pretty rad that he’s doing this for the skateboard community.

The skatepark design will be solely street influenced by actual street skateboarders. Rob Dyrdek is in charge of designing the street course alongside help from others such as Andrew Reynolds. A vert ramp is also being constructed with the help of design by none other than Jake Brown himself.

You would think a contest of this magnitude would almost feel too corporate but when you really think of the individuals involved and the process being put into everything, we may very well have one of the most legit street skateboarding competitions ever in the history of skateboarding itself. Not to mention the outstanding list of entrants to the contest. I mean some of these guys you would never get to see skate in a competition like Brandon Beibel, Bryan Herman, Leo Romero, and Erik Ellington?

The Maloof Money Cup is one that’s most definitely worth the watch! It’s going to be off the hook if you ask me! Seriously, when you put half a million on the line, the magnitude of tricks that will go down will be astonishingly amazing and leave you awestruck.

Here is a list of the skateboarders that will be entering the competition.

STREET
Jake Duncombe
Nick Dompierre
Chris Cole
Paul Rodriguez
Jereme Rogers
Billy Marks
Rick McCrank
Erik Ellington
Greg Lutzka
Alex Mizurov
Brandon Biebel
Leo Romero
Ryan Sheckler
Tommy Sandoval
Eric Koston
Chris Haslam
Sierra Fellers
Corey Duffel
Ronnie Creager
Andrew Reynolds
Bryan Herman
Rob Dyrdek
Mark Appleyard
Dennis Busenitz

VERT
Jake Brown
Pierre Luc Gagnon
Sandro Dias
Bucky Lasek
Bob Burnquist
Alex Perelson
Buster Halterman
Danny Mayer
Rune Glifberg
Rob Loriface
Andy MacDonald
Neal Hendrix
Jean Postec

LADIES
Lorena Lima
Lacey Baker
Rachel Reinhard
Evelien Bouilliart
Vanessa Torres
Lauren Perkins
Elissa Steamer

Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 in Skateboarding.


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