One of skateboarding’s most inventive (and watchable) contests finally announced some details today. The 2008 Vans Downtown Showdown will be kicking off on October 11 at the Paramount Studios Back Lot. Over $85,000 in loot will be given out this year, so expect some serious rippage from the Deathwish, Foundation, Toy Machine, Girl, Real, Element, Habitat, Creature, Black Label, Blind and Flip teams. Keep on readin’ on for the full press release…

PRESS RELEASE

2008 Vans Downtown Showdown Coming October 11
All the Details on This Year’s Epic Event Including
Where to Get Tix and Where to Watch!

Join Vans on Saturday, October 11 to see skateboarding’s top pros and ams shred for their chance at $85,000, as the 4th Annual Downtown Showdown invades Paramount Studios’ Back Lot.  We’ve invited top skateboard companies and their riders to submit designs for one of four custom obstacles that will be chosen and built as part of the Showdown course.

You have a chance to watch it live by entering to win tickets at select Southern California Vans stores now through Saturday, September 27.  For a list of participating stores visit www.vans.com/showdown.

Those that can’t make it to this year’s Showdown can catch all the action at www.vans.com, including a live webcast of the entire event and a chance to win great prizes!  The Downtown Showdown will also air on Fuel TV, dates and times t.b.d.

Who: The top teams in skateboarding including Deathwish, Foundation, Toy Machine, Girl, Real, Element, Habitat, Creature, Black Label, Blind and Flip.

What:  Each team will session four unique, custom-made obstacles in a round-robin format with awards going out for top team, best pro, top am and best performance by obstacle.

When:  Saturday, October 11 at 5 pm (doors open at 4 pm)

Where:  Paramount Studios Back Lot

Prize Purse:  $85,000 in cash and prizes for individual and team winners

The Vans Downtown Showdown is made possible by the support of Rockstar Energy Drink, Scion, Epiphone and Skateboard.com.

For updates, check out www.vans.com/showdown.