Final Countdown for Maloof Money Cup South Africa

With only days to go before the start of the highly anticipated Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore, excitement is rising as some of the world’s top pro skaters arrive in Kimberley. Riders like Lizard King, Greg Lutzka, Andrew Reynolds, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Sandro Dias and Bob Burnquist are amongst the world’s best and will all be battling it out for the world championship title.

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Pro skaters Lizard King and Matt Miller arrived in South Africa early to visit local kids and conduct skate demos leading up to the Maloof Money Cup South Africa, including a visit to Postmasburg. “Being here in South Africa is absolutely amazing. We went out to Postmasburg and taught kids how to skateboard. The kids are awesome. The course is definitely the best Maloof course ever made so far. I can’t wait to skate it,” said Lizard.

The final preparations are currently being made for the Maloof Money Cup South Africa, which will take place from 30 September to 2 October 2011. The best professional street and vert skateboarders in the world will compete for a total prize purse of nearly $500,000.

Construction of the world-class skate park is in its final stages this week and more than 120 local volunteers from Kimberley came out to the park to assist with a special tree planting ceremony earlier this week as part of the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s initiative to create more green space in Kimberley. Premier of the Northern Cape Province Hazel Jenkins said “this skate park will be the finest in the world and will attract skateboarders, worldwide, to Kimberley.”

Brazilian skater Pedro Barros was equally impressed after a quick warm-up session and called it a “Dream Park.” The skate park design pays tribute to Kimberley’s heritage, incorporating the famous Kimberley diamond into the design, as well as large areas of green space. The skate park is situated near “The Big Hole,” a former diamond mine that was once the world’s largest and considered the largest hand-dug excavation on earth when it was finally closed in 1914. The Skate PLaza will remain behind after the contest and form the centre piece of the new convention centre and hotel complex that will position Kimberley as the extreme sports capital of South Africa.

The 2011 Maloof Money Cup will start with a bang during the official opening ceremony on Thursday, 29 September, at the Convention Centre Amphitheatre. The opening concert features a spectacular laser and light stage show, a magnificent fireworks display and live entertainment by Doctor Victor. The official opening of the skate plaza takes place during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, 30 October, which will be followed by the street world championship qualifiers.

The Maloof Money Cup South Africa will also feature a 50,000 square-foot Festival Village offering DJs, autograph signings with pro skaters and skateboarding activities for all ages. Access to the Festival Village is free and open to the public. A Benefit Concert will be held Saturday night and will feature local South African acts including Danny Kaye, Lefa, Jozi, HHP, Gang of Instrumentals and Die Heuwels Fantasties. Grammy winning artist Lil Jon will headline the contest.

Tickets are available at www.computicket.com or from the Northern Cape Tourism Authority offices at 14 Dalham Road, Kimberley from 09h00 to 16h00.

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Maloof Money Cup Skateboarding World Championships -- Confirmed Riders

Louie Lopez Curren Caples Greg Lutzka

Manny Santiago Ryan Decenzo Collin Provost

Johnny Layton Lizard King Bobby Worrest

Eli Reed Andrew Reynolds Pete Eldridge

Nick Merlino Ronnie Creager Sierra Fellers

Jack Curtin Tom Asta Ishod Wair

Evan Smith Matt Miller Kurtis Colamonico

Garret Hill Bryan Hansen Andrew Cannon

Tommy Sandoval Anthony Schultz Alex Mizurov

Pierre Luc Gagnon Bob Burnquist Adam Taylor

Andy MacDonald Jake Brown Elliot Sloan



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