No, seriously, I have tried and failed miserably. How the hell people manage to stand still on a board, much less make it move and jump and (as far as I can see) fly, is beyond me. This is exactly why I find the sport so fascinating. I mean if I could do it, I would be doing it, and kicking ass while I’m at it. Now, I am more than content to watch YouTube videos of other people seeing their asses and breaking things.
There are however, people who have turned this sport into an art form. They eat, sleep, drink and live skateboarding, and it shows. Passion creates purpose, and this leads to excellence. In this case, it has brought forth the biggest skateboarding competition/event that you have ever seen!
Gone are the days of the skateboarders being the rejects of the rebels, having to make do with small local competitions that might give you a pizza if you win.
With a prize purse of R4 000 000, The Maloof Money Cup returns to Kimberley for the second year in a row from 28 – 30 September 2012. It is said to be the most awesome showcase for pro and amateur skateboarders… *Clarkson Voice* …in the world.
And yes, that was 6 zeros after the R4.
Here’s a vid of last year’s event:
For your convenience, I have done the whole copy-pasty thing, and you can read the entire press release at the bottom of my post. But first:
YOU CAN WIN A HAMPER WORTH R3 000!
This hamper consists of the following:
- Full Maloof Skate Board Set Up
- Maloof Money Cup Diamond Bobble Head
- Maloof Money Cup Tees
- Maloof Money Cup Peak
- Monster Energy Pack
- Maloof Money Cup Sticker Pack
Winning is really easy. Simply comment on this post and tell me what the name of the community outreach programme is that will feature in the run-up to the event.
To INCREASE your chance of winning, you can also copy-pasty this tweet:
“I can win a R3 000 hamper with @MaloofMoneyCup & @Ultimate_X_ on @BaasDeBeer’s Blog (http://wp.me/p1gNnp-9E) and so can you! #MaloofSA”
Feel free to follow me while you’re at it. I like being stalked like that. And if you aren’t boring, I might stalk you back.
Closing date is 20 Sept 2012. All entries will go into my virtual hat, and a random winner will be drawn. T’s & C’s and rights and all that apply, so don’t bitch if you don’t win
If you want to, go like all these pages, follow the tweeps and check out these sites:
Social Media Links:
And of course the nice people who are organising the whole thing:
- @ULTIMATE_X_ on Twitter
Official Event Hashtag:
As promised, here’s the full detail:
The Maloof Money Cup will return to Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province for its second edition from 28 – 30 September 2012. Considered to be the world’s premier showcase for professional and amateur skateboarding, the Maloof Money Cup SA world skateboarding championships is also tagged as the richest event of its kind with a prize purse of R4, 000, 000!!!
The three-day event will be hosted at the Kimberley Maloof Skate Plaza in Kimberly and will feature some of the top skateboarders from around the world on the magnificent street and vert sections of the world class state-of-the-art course. Top professional contenders as well as South African amateurs will battle it out for the word champion titles in the various disciplines.
According to Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Skateboarding and owner of The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, they are delighted to return to South Africa. “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the positive reaction from the South African public during the first event in 2011. The government and people of the Northern Cape Province embraced the concept and we were amazed by the incredible hospitality. We were especially proud of the reception we received from the local skateboarding community and the wonderful natural talent and enthusiasm expressed by skateboarders across the country. This year’s world championships, the biggest skateboarding contest in the world, promises to be bigger and better than ever and we can’t wait to return to sunny South Africa,” mentioned Joe Maloof.
The 2011 Maloof Money Cup was the first time that the event left American shores and proved to be the biggest sporting event ever to be hosted in the Northern Cape. The capital of Kimberley was literally invaded as thousands of spectators and skateboarding enthusiasts descended on the town for the contest. The event made a significant economic impact on the regional economy as accommodation facilities, restaurants and tourism attractions were filled to capacity.
Following the unprecedented success of the inaugural event, Maloof Skateboarding announced that they have extended their contract with the Northern Cape as hosts of this exhilarating event to five years. This will arguably transform Kimberley into the skateboarding capital of the world as professional skateboarders have proclaimed the state-of-the-art skate plaza as the best of its kind in the world.
Hosting the Maloof Money Cup formed a crucial part in the repositioning of the Northern Cape Province as the prime destination for adventure and extreme sports in the country, but also gave the provincial government the opportunity to engage with the youth of the province. “The 2011 Maloof Money Cup was undoubtedly a huge success in terms of global media exposure and economic benefit to the province, but the impact we had on the youth of our province was unbelievable. The Maloof Money Cup presented to them a lifestyle alternative that is accessible and affordable and could be the catalyst for huge socio-economic changes,” stated John Block, Northern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism.
During the run-up to the event, the provincial government will continue to take the message of skateboarding to the streets with the Skateboarding for Hope community outreach programme. In addition, skateboarding road tours and public qualifier events will be hosted across the country to identify budding skateboarding talent. Three Pro Tours will feature some of the top riders in the world and will help in creating awareness of skateboarding as one of the fastest growing sports in the world amongst local communities.