30 thoughts on “Maloof Money Cup Best Trick

  1. I don’t want to be neg­a­tive, but watch­ing this con­test on Fuel TV for a few min­utes made me really ques­tion the direc­tion of pro­fes­sional skate­board­ing and skate­board­ing in gen­eral. Theses dudes (who are obvi­ously all good) are basi­cally putz­ing around that shitty plaza at slow speeds doing super tech, one-​​off tricks. What ever hap­pened to lines, runs and courses that made sense? This is almost like watch­ing a freestyle contest.

    • Maloof’s con­test rules are dif­fer­ent. Each obsta­cle is judged sep­a­rately. Hence the dif­fer­ent style of skat­ing the contest.

  2. It is weird that they did it like that; where they com­bined the scores on three obsta­cles and lines didn’t count. I watched the first few rounds and every­body seemed really con­fused. I did see Macias and his Flyers hat on the web­cast though, so that was a highlight.

  3. glen e fried­man and steve olsen had some choice words: http://​ide​al​ist​pro​pa​ganda​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​0​/​0​6​/​s​k​a​t​e​b​o​a​r​d​i​n​g​-​t​o​d​a​y​.​h​tml

    i under­stand the way Maloof was judg­ing, but it doesnt make it right for skate­board­ing. but then again what do i know. god damn kids today.

    how does every­one feel about the dyrdek street league or what­ever non­sense dude is ’push­ing paper’ about?

  4. Lets face it, “real” street skat­ing just isn’t cut out for con­tests. Everyone has done a great job of mak­ing the course and con­test as true to real life street skat­ing as they pos­si­bly could and we can all see that it just doesn’t make for a great spec­ta­tor sport. Which is great! To me, it’s like see­ing a lion in the zoo. You’re bummed for that dude. You wanna see him out in the wild killing shit. Not caged up, doing tricks for a bunch of tourist.

    It seems skate­board­ing com­pe­ti­tion only works in the head to head for­mat. That’s why vert skat­ing works so well. And why Battle at the Berrics has been a huge success.

    One more thing… This just goes to show that videos are not real­ity. These guys work for hours to nail one insane trick. Kids expect them to just turn the shit out. It’s not real­ity. So that’s why I’d much rather watch some­one flow around a course and put together a killer line then nail one insane trick after 20+ tries.

    Just watch this and tell me where the real action is. Where the real enter­tain­ment is. Now I’m not Anthony. I’m not say­ing go vert or go home. I’m just sayin’, do you think any­one at Maloof saw any­thing nearly as insane as Mike Frazier’s run? Doubt it.


    In clos­ing, I think it’s awe­some to see skate­board­ing so well received. To have a new park for NYC. And to have pros win­ning $100,000. That’s all awe­some. And I’m sure it was a hell of a party. So fuck it.

  5. If you were there, it was epic. Hot as hell but fun. Shane O’Neill was killing it so hard and did not make it to the finals which was weird. His last banger down the big rail was not even on the Fuel web­cast. They were busy film­ing Cole walk­ing up the stairs, so lame. The evo­lu­tion of judg­ing street skat­ing is still iron­ing out kinks. I was excited to see some­thing dif­fer­ent. If you hate street skat­ing, plazas, ledges, what ever… good for you.

  6. “Go vert or go home”? How about just “going vert” every once and a while instead of the same thing OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER.….…

  7. hey, well fuck all of you because I’m going to skate that shit next tues­day with the homies.…so while you’re busy on here blog­ging about how skate­board­ing sucks so bad right now and cor­po­ra­tion this and that, i will be enjoy­ing the sweet nec­tar of but­tery ledges.…lurk on that shit.

  8. I think I’m on the same page as Friedman with this one. Which is scary.

    Oh, and Sean Malto RIPS!

  9. Btw, Scott, pretty good post. I think I agree with a lot of what you are say­ing too, but I think I also feel like even attempt­ing to make a street con­test more like legit street skat­ing is a fool­hardy endeavor. And the rad­dest street skat­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion (again, IMO) always came in the form of dudes cruis­ing down the street hit­ting tricks on var­i­ous things as they rolled on. Go back to Tommy G in Future Primitive, Barbee, Mike V, Natas, the Gonz…all had var­i­ous video parts like that, and they were always appre­ci­ated quite specif­i­cally for the fact that it was more like real street skat­ing. Skating down the street and putting tricks together. Or going fast even… Like Julien Stranger fly­ing down a hill in SF and blast­ing that gap Ollie to tail­slide. Or hell, Oyola on the streets of Philly even!
    Does a con­test like that truly reflect real street skat­ing? Maybe I am just too old now.

  10. So crazy when peo­ple say that street skat­ing is the same thing over and over again. Real street skat­ing in the streets means the spots you skate change as you move. When skat­ing a bowl or ramp, it’s just that, the same thing over and over again. Also the con­test for­mat has been anti street for so long. It took the x-​​games years to even include a freakin’ ledge, just like skateparks!!! I for one skate way more tranny, as I age but I still remem­ber what it was like to be a kid and only have the streets and the ramps I built. The world of skat­ing is chang­ing real fast, truth is you don’t have to. Vert skat­ing has been the park design and con­test for­mat for way too long. Let street have it’s moment to finally get the atten­tion it deserves. All those con­crete parks are not going any where, thank god.

  11. Oh, by the way, you think this con­test pissed you off… wait until you hear about Street League! Skateboarding will have a facet that is FULLY a sport with fan­tasy leagues and the whole 9. Dudes who com­pete in it will not even be able to skate in other con­tests (after 2011) by way of con­tract! Adam Salo wrote an amaz­ing arti­cle that details it quite well… that’s gonna be a game changer.

  12. So many rules for some­thing so stu­pid like a piece of wood with skates on it. I refuse to ever be bit­ter about the direc­tion skat­ing goes. As long as I have some­where smooth to do it…I’m all for it.

    Again…going to Maloof on tues­day, wear­ing a pair of Dunks, may drink a Monster on the way, eat some McDonalds, wear­ing a Rogue Status t, while watch­ing old episodes of Rob & Big on my ipod.….yup.…selling out the whole waaaayyy…hahaha

  13. Heard some bad news about Maloof. (as told by some­one who was there). You can’t skate it until next mon­day or Tuesday. The city has to do some “alter­ations” because some of the obsta­cles have been deemed “dangerous”.

    THey made a ref­er­ence to the grate gap being one of them. And some other things as well.

    I am curi­ous to see what the real out­come is gonna be for that place.

  14. I don’t see the point in dri­ving 100 miles to a shitty skatepark that has the exact same angle iron grindbox/​pyramid/​stairs/​rail/​quarterpipe as the shitty skatepark thats 10 or 20 miles away.
    More impor­tantly, I don’t see the point in going to a skatepark at all when you live in or near Philadelphia, a city with some of the best street spots in the world, and arguably the city with the deep­est and rich­est his­tory of street skat­ing, ever.

  15. First off, if Philadelphia is such an epic place to live, how come peo­ple just seem to con­gre­gate (or at least try too) at Love Park & Cecil B? Where did all of our “pros” go? Why are all the shops in the city strug­gling? Traveling in gen­eral is a good thing. It takes you out of your ele­ment and tests your skills else­where. Plus, it’s fun. You get to meet new peo­ple and dis­cover a whole new scene.

    I have been all over for skat­ing. From the shit­ti­est grind­box in some kids yard to some of the illest places ever…I have skated it all. And I wouldn’t take any of it back.

    As far as dri­ving far to skate some “shitty skatepark”, all I have to say to that is…Good. I’m glad you don’t like it, nor plan on going.

    That’s just less peo­ple to get in the way of a good time.

    Maloof baby.…LET’s GET IT!

  16. you’re not get­ting my point, or rather, you’re avoid­ing it. pros, places where skaters con­gre­gate, skateshops… I don’t see how by any of those things you can decide whether a city is good or not.
    I’ve been across the coun­try with my skate­board and a back­pack 4 times, so I under­stand whats good about trav­el­ing and have skated some of the most fun spots in the mid­dle of nowhere with not a skater or skateshop within 200 miles of it.
    I’ve also skated a grind­box in a kids dri­ve­way, when I was 14, and enjoyed it then. Would I enjoy it now for more than 5 min­utes? Probably not.
    My point is what makes this mal­oof park any dif­fer­ent than white­hall, or this falls park, or that other park ded­i­cated to the kid who died, or haver­ford, or wher­ever? They both have the same grind­box, the same quar­ter pipe, the same pyra­mid, and the same rails and steps. Its no dif­fer­ent than the next one, except this one is called mal­oof. Also that these obsta­cles are mere sub­sti­tutes for things that are found every­where around us. So, why is this one dif­fer­ent?
    Arguing with what seems to be any of you feels to be a lost cause and com­pletely point­less. Most of you are 99% groupie and 1% skater, and would rather talk about skat­ing and skaters and pros and the scene, than actu­ally skate. So your opin­ions on skate­board­ing are invalid to me. Ki you are an excep­tion to the rule because I know you talk about skat­ing and skaters so much that it would be impos­si­ble to skate­board more than you do that, the human body is not capa­ble of it. But I know you skate a lot and that means some­thing regard­less and your opin­ion means more to me than all of these other dogs because of it.

  17. why would any­one wanna go skate­board? its stu­pid and we might get hurt. thats why we just talk about it. ANYWAY… how about that skate­board industry?

  18. My whole thing is that, it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent. I know you skate Zeb. You have been quite the fix­ture, so I give your opin­ions valid­ity. That’s what up. But alot of things have changed. Philly isn’t the bread and but­ter it used to be. You can’t com­pare Maloof to ANYTHING around, like white­hall, city hall, temple…etc. If you could, they would have held it there. Ledges (at least half decent ones) are scarce. And you know that. Hubbas down stairs? REAL SCARCE. I should know, I drove and hour away recently to skate one. Rails? Yeah, those are all over, but chances are, there is some­thing majorly wrong with them.

    When you have some­where stress free, to mas­ter your craft, I feel you accom­plish more. You learn a lit­tle more. You don’t worry about get­ting kicked out or arrested. You just focus on hav­ing fun. And you get better.

    I’ve put my time in, in the streets. I STILL do. But every now and again, I would like to skate some­thing that is just flat out amaz­ing, and not a bust. It’s like a treat of all treats.

    The irony about this all is that, if Maloof was a place, loaded with “No Skateboarding” signs and secu­rity guards every­where, peo­ple would be all over it to skate it.

  19. Sorry cat fin­ished last entry for me. 4th and bain­bridge with traf­fic and every­thing. Classic teency man­ual island for which to get biz on. Like why give money to a nike rider to watch his video seg­ment. Like he doesn’t have enough money already.

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