Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and long time supporter Red Bull Energy Drink have collaborated to create the Red Bull Hammers vs. Bangers Skate Plaza Contest to be held June 11, 2005 at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the world’s first Skate Plaza in Kettering, Ohio. The contest will feature street skateboarding’s top pros and ams as they compete on the innovative Skate Plaza course for a prize purse of $50,000.
The Red Bull Hammers Vs. Bangers Skate Plaza Contest represents a new approach to street skating contests. Unlike in a traditional best trick contest, skateboarders will be required to skate in two of three different sessions, each on different obstacles that represent three distinct aspects of modern street skating.
As Dyrdek explains it: “Innovation will be rewarded, rather than the mediocre consistency that drives traditional street contests. For the first time, a “technical street skater will be able to compete against a “big gap/rail skater in a real street environment.
“Red Bull has played a major part in accelerating the Plaza concept from the beginning and I am psyched they have stepped up to be such a large part of the opening of the Kettering Skate Plaza, said Dyrdek. “You have to respect a company that is willing to give directly to the core of skateboarding.
Along with the Red Bull Hammers vs. Bangers Skate Plaza Contest, the Kettering Skate Plaza Grand Opening will feature events including a Grand Opening Ceremony, pro open session, autograph signings, and giveaways. Attendees will also be able to skate the Plaza at various times over the weekend.
A first of its kind, the Plaza was funded through donations from the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation, DC Shoes, Inc., Alien Workshop and the City of Kettering. The Foundation seeks to promote the sport of skateboarding by assisting municipalities to fund the design, development, and construction of Skate Plazas—aesthetically pleasing, multi-use, admission-free, public facilities—where the sport of skateboarding in its purest form is encouraged rather than discouraged.