On the weekend of July 12-14, 2002, the biggest names in professional skateboarding will make the annual pilgrimage to Dortmund, Germany for the Monster Mastership’s Globe Shoes World Championships. Now in its 21st year, the largest and longest running skateboarding event in the entire world will return to the Westfalenhallen arena to showcase the raw talent and skills of these athletes. A field of over one hundred invite-only skateboarders from across the globe will battle it out for their share of the $70,000 USD in prize money.

New for 2002, the Globe Shoes World Championships will add an extra day of skateboarding action with doors opening to the public on Friday for a special viewing of the practice session. Names such as last year’s winners Rune Glifberg, Bastien Salabanzi, and Tony Magnussen will join the likes of skateboarding greats Bob Burnquist, Chet Thomas, Arto Saari, Bucky Lasek, Chad Fernandez, Eric Koston, Andy Macdonald, Geoff Rowley and many more. Former professional skateboarder and ramp-builder extraordinaire Dave Duncan has again designed the most progressive and challenging course to date, sure to test the courage and abilities of each of the skaters.

Elimination rounds for the street and vert contests will take place on Saturday, while Sunday’s competitions will decide the new world champion in the semi-finals and finals. Returning this year is the legends vert competition with names like Steve Caballero, Jeff Grosso, and Lance Mountain each expected to attend. And don’t forget the highest air competition as Lincoln Ueda returns to defend his title with last year’s impressive 12’3″ backside air.

“We look forward to the event in Dortmund every year,” says Globe Sports Marketing Manager Brian Robbins. “The Monster Mastership has such a legacy behind it. To title sponsor the World Championships of Skateboarding is something we value as a company committed to the growth of the sport.”

The party doesn’t end when the skateboarding is over as following Friday’s practice session, the opening night party kicks off the event with a hip-hop/MC battle and Saturday night’s “Rocknight” features performances by Biohazard, Son Goku, Donuts, and The Faction (featuring Steve Caballero).

From a small parking lot in 1982 to the 10,000 seat indoor arena in 2002, the Monster Mastership skateboarding event has grown to achieve ‘World Championship’ status. With a world-class field of riders and a course built to make any skateboarders mouth water, the Monster Mastership is a must on the professional skateboarding circuit. The skateboarders and their fans have made this event what it is today — more than just a contest, but a celebration of the skateboarding culture. Thousands of fans make it their mission each year to attend the event, many of which travel hundreds of miles and camp out to get tickets to the sold out event. Today, Globe proudly hosts the legions of skateboarders in attendance at the Globe Shoes World Championships where there’s only one topic at hand — skateboarding.

The Globe Shoes World Championships in Germany falls on the heels of the biggest skateboarding competition Australia has ever seen, the Globe World Cup Skateboarding event held February 16-17, 2002 in Melbourne. This was the first-ever World Cup Skateboarding (WCS) sanctioned event in Australia and the opening stop on the 2002 WCS world tour. Thousands of fans in attendance were lucky enough to see Tony Hawk’s first 900 in Australia, Amy Caron’s smooth and consistent style winning the Gallaz Skate Jam, Rick McCrank’s fierce runs to take the street finals, and Bucky Lasek’s sick combinations to win the vert competition. The Globe Shoes World Championships will build upon the success of the Australian event, which not only featured some of the best skating in the world, but also some of the best nightlife in town during the annual 900 Degrees party.

Globe’s business concepts originated in the early 90′s from tthe desire to develop an authentic skate footwear alternative for the action sports market. In 1995, Globe’s rapid expansion prompted the opening of its Globe International headquarters in Torrance, CA to serve the booming U.S. market. Designed and developed by active skaters and surfers, Globe aims to offer quality products that integrate style, performance, durability and comfort. Globe is also responsible for the launch of Globe Skateboarding, an apparel and accessories line designed for the active skateboarder, Gallaz, the first action sports footwear brand specifically for females and Trans Element, a casual footwear line for the style conscious crowd. Globe, Globe Skateboarding, Gallaz and Trans Element are now distributed throughout the world and additional information can be found at www.globeshoes.com and www.gallaz.com.