California Skateparks Unveil Design For Street League’s First Stop

California Skateparks released its design today for the first stop of Street League’s 2011 season, which will take place Saturday, May 7, at Key Arena in Seattle Washington. CA Skateparks owner Joe Ciaglia, and Lead Designer, Colby Carter, have collaborated with Rob Dyrdek once again to design 4 unique, highly detailed, concrete street plaza environments for the 2011 tour.

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California Skateparks design team creates technically detailed concrete skateboarding environments with authentic artistic architecture, while trying to replicate the organic nature of real street spots. To maximize the talents of the competitors, the Street League features have been meticulously designed to compliment the
skater's abilities and reflect the true power of street skateboarding. The plaza's artistic design details and aesthetics inspires creativity and helps produce a high level of skateboarding.

The unique designs incorporate a diverse combination of materials, textures, colors, motifs and paving patterns punctuated with artistic elements and landscaping. The plazas are designed and constructed using new methodologies and techniques. They are ingenuously integrated into the arena so that it looks and skates
like a permanent structure but can be set up and taken down in 5 days.

Design Inspiration for the Seattle Washington event at Key Arena

For the 2011 season Street League created a unique 4 color graphic for each event. The design of the 1st stop in Seattle, Washington was themed around the graphic incorporating the color way and line work from the pattern. Elements were chosen by Rob himself and integrated into the configuration of this year's events. The design was heavily influenced by Seattle architecture and the blue, light gray, yellow and dark grey colors in the Seattle graphic. Drawing from the angular line work and color way in the Seattle graphic, the decorative paving pattern was designed in harmony around the artistic elements in each section of the plaza.

The design team gathered inspiration for their vision from indoor malls and entry plazas to create the setting for Key Arena. Implementing an angular theme, the design includes terracing, staggered planters, a variety of stairs sets and ledges, cantilevered detailing and interesting paving pattern giving this course design a unique
style and flavor.

Check out all the hype around the contest at StreetLeague.com, including the most recent “From The Street to the League” video featuring Mark Appleyard:

Monster Energy‘s Chris Cole, Shane O’Neill, Nick Dompierre, Peter Ramondetta will also be on the scenes to compete in the  preliminary qualifiers Saturday, May 7. Here’s some additional information from Monster:
WHAT:
After a groundbreaking inaugural series in 2010, Monster Energy is excited to return as the title sponsor of Street League Skateboarding's™ DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy, an exclusive professional street skateboarding series worldwide with the first stop at the KeyArena Seattle Center, Seattle, WA.  Monster Energy athletes will compete in this invitational only four-event series featuring 24 of the best street skateboarders in the world and the largest purse in skateboarding history – $1.6 million.

Founded by Monster Energy's 20-year professional skateboarder, TV personality and entrepreneur, Rob Dyrdek, Street League is defining the future of competitive street skateboarding.  Seattle's KeyArena will be the premiere place to see the best skateboarders in the world compete through ISX™, a unique, nail-biting instant scoring format that has viewers on the edge of their seat from start to finish.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 7 Preliminary Qualifiers Open to the Public – New for 2011
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm
Sunday, May 8 Finals
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Televised LIVE on ESPN)

WHERE:
KeyArena at Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109-4623

WHO:
Monster Energy's competing athletes: Chris Cole, Shane O'Neill, Nick Dompierre and Peter Ramondetta, as well as Monster Energy's star of MTV's Fantasy Factory Dyrdek.

To arrange a Monster Energy athlete interview or get images please contact Kim Dresser at kimpaigedresser@att.net or (949) 300-5546.

Photos available for editorial purposes upon request.

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