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Maloof Money Cup NYC

This past weekend the Maloof Money Cup made it’s East Coast debut, going down at iconic NYC skate location Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The Maloof features huge purses and innovative course design and the NYC edition didn’t disappoint on either front.

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Zero rider Chris Cole picked up where he left off at last summer’s Orange County Maloof, busting a big backside 270 lipslide and switch frontside flip in the last minutes of the contest to edge out Plan B teammates P-Rod and Torey Pudwill for first place in Sunday’s finals. A nice consolation for Pudwill was winning the $10,000 first place prize in the Tech Deck best trick and competition with a kickflip back lip to back tail. Dropping science, son!

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Image via Thrasher Mag

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Image via Skateboard Mag

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Image via Skateboard Mag

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Image via Thrasher Mag

Action aside, the course was the weekend’s true star. Designed by skate legend Geoff Rowley, with the help of 5 Boro head and NYC OG Steve Rodriguez, the course features reproductions of NYC skate spots like the Con Ed banks and Union Square rail and will remain in Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a permanent fixture of New York City skateboarding. The realistic design attracted street dogs like Anthony Van England and Brian “Slash” Herman, who otherwise might opt out of contest skating all together.

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Skating isn’t only contest wins and losses, so it’s worth mentioning that new Anti-Hero pro Chris Pfanner’s huge ollies and melon grabs over gaps impressed us at least as much as more meticulous pros who made the finals, as did the skating of SHUT am and NYC local Luis Tolentino.

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Image via Hypebeast

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The impact of top pros and a huge, permanent skatepark in Flushing is sure to change NYC skate culture forever, and likely to propel at least one of NYC’s next generation of rippers well beyond the Unisphere.

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Keep an eye out for a full report on the Maloof Money Cup in the Fashion Office sometime next week!

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