IRVINE, Calif. – BOOST Mobile(tm) announced that it will host the first BOOST MOBILE PRO invitational skateboarding event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, June 27-29, 2003. With more than $250,000 worth of prize money, the BOOST MOBILE PRO presented by Oakley, will be the world’s richest pure skateboarding event in history. The innovative event also will break new ground with the benefits provided to competitors, competition format and judging.

Forty of the World’s best skaters will compete for the inaugural title, and a massive first place purse of $40,000 in both street and vert.

Competing street skaters will include Andrew Reynolds, Chad Bartie, Austen Seaholm, Brian Anderson, Caswell Berry, Chris Senn, Colt Cannon, Daewon Song, Ethan Fowler, Evan Hernandez, Geoff Rowley, Heath Kirchart, Jim Greco, John Cardiel, Mark Appleyard, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Mc Crank, Tony Trujillo, Matt Mumford, Mike Carroll, Bastien Salabanzi, Eric Koston and Ronnie Creager. At 6:30PM on Friday, June 27, a skate-off between 12 wildcard contestants will decide who will join the other 39 selected street skaters for the main event on Saturday, June 28.

Skaters participating in the vert competition on Sunday, June 29, will include Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek, Darren Navarrette, Jake Brown, Lincoln Ueda, Max Schaaf, Mike Crum, Omar Hassan, Peter Hewitt, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Rune Glifberg, Sandro Dias, Shuan White, Mike Frazier, Neil Hendrix and Brian Howard.

“Hardcore boarding” is what this contest is all about and to ensure the most comprehensive and competitive field possible, the invited skaters have been key in designing the layout of both the street courses and vert ramp. Their input helps to ensure that the skating during the contest is on their terms. The event is also breaking new ground with its implementation of a one-of-a-kind peer judging system in which all of the invited skaters not competing in the heat will decide the winners, and with the timed man-on-man jam format.

“What a combo, a contest done right with a huge prize purse in Vegas,” said skater Mark Appleyard

Oakley has signed as presenting sponsor of the event, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will host the venue. Each will be integrally involved in all aspects of the Boost Mobile Pro of Skateboarding. In addition to the quarter-million dollars in prize money awarded at the Boost Mobile Pro, there will be a special cash award from Oakley. Oakley’s Over the Top Award will recognize those two skaters who exhibit unrivaled ability and creativity, with an award of $7,500 to the individual in both street and vert disciplines who achieves the most innovative and technical maneuver.

Ticket prices are as follows (service fee not included):

$10 for a one-day pass (purchased separately)

$18 for a two-day pass

$35 for a one-day family pass (up to four family members)

$65 for a two-day family pass (up to four family members)