Today Joe Maloof announces that Geoff Rowley will lead the course design for the 2011 Maloof Money Cup, which will expand to Kimberley, South Africa this year as well as at least one new U.S. city to be announced soon. Rowley will lead the design team of pro skateboarders and experts alongside Joe Ciaglia from California Skateparks, whose company has built all four Maloof Money Cup courses since its beginning in 2008.
"I really respect the Maloofs and what they've accomplished with this contest," said Rowley. "Out of all the contests out there, the Maloof Money Cup is the only one that really delivers on giving the skaters and fans what they are looking for," said Rowley.
"Building professional skate parks and leaving them to the communities is something that is so needed right now and the Maloofs are the only ones doing this, starting with the course we did in Queens, New York for one of the stops of the 2010 Maloof Money Cup," said Rowley. "To be a part of something that gives back to kids, invigorates communities and spreads a positive word for skateboarding made this an easy decision for me to make, plus it is pretty damn fun designing your dream skate spot and watching it come to life."
"From the day we decided to create a new type of skateboarding contest, we knew we had to have the pro skaters input on everything we did, especially the design of our courses, which we wanted to be as authentic to street skating as possible," said Maloof Money Cup Founder Joe Maloof whose family owns the NBA's Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "It's incredible to see Geoff and the guys create these amazing designs on paper and then see them brought to life by Joe Ciaglia and his team. It's really extraordinary. Geoff is such an amazing skater, he is so respected in the industry, and he's just a great guy. We're thrilled to have him as part of the Maloof Money Cup family. "