TIME TO SHINE FOR SKATE AMATEURS
AT RED BULL MANNY MANIA NATIONAL FINAL
LOS ANGELES HOSTS U.S. NATIONAL FINAL FOR 20 HOPEFUL SKATERS
June 29, 2011 – (Santa Monica, CA) – Los Angeles is the Mecca for unknown hopefuls dreaming to make a name for themselves, and on July 9th a group of 20 skateboarders will take their own shot at the spotlight at Red Bull Manny Mania’s U..S. National Qualifier taking place in West Los Angeles.
Hollywood may be where actors/waiters try to make their break, but for these skaters the big audition will take place in Stoner Park, one of the favorite skateparks of pros and ams alike. At stake is a ticket to New York City and the honor of representing the United States at the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final, where 32 countries will compete for global bragging rights on August 20th.
After a series of qualifiers coast to coast, these skaters are ready to showcase their best amateur manual maneuvers for a chance at skate stardom. Winning the event means entering the spotlight among the skate community and mingling with top pros at the New York City contest – including Kenny Anderson, Tim O’Connor and Chico Brenes who have already confirmed their appearance at the Red Bull Manny Mania Pro event on August 21st. Judging the national final will be none other than event creator and pro skater Joey Brezinski and Skateboarder Magazine editor Jaime Owens.
Entering its 5th year, Red Bull Manny Mania has given a platform for skateboarders around the world to display their technical talents via the manual trick –being challenged to combine complex lines all while balancing on two wheels. This year skaters from Peru to Kazakhstan have participated in similar qualifiers all hoping for the same chance at a boost in their skate careers.
The field of skaters traveling to LA ranges from Jonathan Goupil, a 15 year old who has never been on a plane before, to a Manny veteran – last year’s US winner Bert Wooton. Joining them will be: George Barnett, Tyler Beall, Spencer Brown, Cody Cepeda, Matt “Shmatty” Chaffin, Ben Cortez, Justin Damer, Mark Dodd, Ben Fisher, Carlos Lastra, Ray Maldonado, Chris Mendes, Ross Norman, Bill Pierce, Sebastian Walker, Dan Zvereff and several wildcards to be named.
The Red Bull Manny Mania National Final is free and open to the public, taking place on Saturday, July 9th at 2pm at Stoner Park at 1835 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.
List of Participating Countries:
*new for 2011
Red Bull Manny Mania National Am Final: Los Angeles, CA – July 09
Red Bull Manny Mania World Am Final: New York City, NY – August 20
Red Bull Manny Mania Pro Final: New York City, NY – August 21