Let me start off by saying that I’ve never witnessed this much nonstop skateboarding action in one weekend. From the prelims to the finals, tricks were being thrown down about every 3 seconds. The level of skateboarding was top notch and just about every name on the star studded list of skateboarders was there competing, minus Rob Dyrdek who was present but not competing.
Chris Cole beat out Eric Koston for the $15,000 in the Es Game of Skate. Lacey Baker took home $25k for her victory in the women’s division. PLG took the pro-vert competition and left home with a whooping $75k, a $10k Nixon watch, and a brand new SUV to haul all his cash home in.
When it came down to the men’s street competition, many of us had one individual on our mind. Nyjah Huston! He threw down a backside big flip down the 16 stair rail which was just ridiculous. On top of that, he threw down a barrage of tricks down the stairs and rail. One-upping Sheckler various times as well. He ended up with second though, and the first place trophy and the massive prize money of $100k went to Paul Rodriguez. Paul skated really well, especially in the final round. I would’ve really hated to have been a judge at this contest. Too many individuals were executing flawless tricks back-to-back. There were so many hammers laid down it was mind boggling. My personal favorite to watch during the entire competition was Dennis Busenitz. The dude was skateboarding throughout the entire course going 40 mph full speed. He was seriously ollieing over obstacles that weren’t even meant to be ollied, it was insane. Watching Andrew Reynolds pull off his legendary tricks first try down some of the biggest obstacles there was something that left us all with goosebumps. I mean, first try frontside flip over the 16 rail to flat?!?! Insane!
I could definitely go on what seems like forever about this event. So much action happened and every individual skateboarder had some highlights worth mentioning. The Maloof Money Cup was a star studded amazing skateboarding event. Top notch course and riders with the biggest cash purse ever. Check out their website for full highlights. I believe it will even air on CBS soon as well, so be sure to check it out on your home television.
Update: As noted below in the comments that Maloof Money Cup will air this coming Sunday at 3PM EST.
Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Monday, July 14th, 2008 in Skateboarding.