The invitational event, which is the Australian leg and opening round of the 2004 World Cup Skateboarding series, will feature some of the best skateboarders in the world competing for a total prize pool of $100,000 on a street course designed to test the best.
“Last year we had over 18,000 action sports fans from around the country witness an unbelievable event, the final received a full-house standing ovation which was a World Cup Skateboarding first. This year with the high quality field that is coming, Melbournians will again get to see the best,” Globe World Cup Skateboarding event director Steve Douglas said today.
“We have called the event Street Riot as we have worked with World Cup Skateboarding to build a special street course that will see street and vert skaters going head to head against each other.”
“This year we have invited twenty of the top performing international skateboarders to compete against World Cup Skateboarding qualifiers. Invitees include current World Record holder Danny Way, 2003 X-Games Gold Medallist Eric Koston and the newly crowned 2003 World Cup Skateboarding Champion Ryan Sheckler. As well as the international line up, two Australians will be selected to compete from the twelve state finalists of the Australian Skateboarding Title series which will take place nationally over summer.”
In addition to the main event, will be the sixth annual Gallaz Skate Jam featuring some of the best girl skateboarders in the world.
This year the event will be held on Saturday February 14, with practice and media sessions taking place on Friday. The tight format, quality of riders and venue, and the Melbourne crowds who have proven that they want to see top quality skateboarding, will make this an event not to be missed.
“The people of Melbourne have a great culture of supporting world class sporting events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Australian Tennis Open. Globe World Cup Skateboarding is rapidly becoming part of this tradition,” Steve Douglas said.
“Anyone who has not seen elite level skateboarding should not miss this opportunity.”