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Bowl-A-Rama Takes on the Big Apple

Posted by David Read on Wednesday September 5 2012

WORLD’S BEST SKATERS TURN NYC ONTO THE PLEASURES OF CONCRETE

The countdown is on with only four weeks to go until the inaugural Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC, a three-day skateboard celebration taking place October 4-6.  NYC will see the finest international skateboarders come together as the eight-year old BOWL-A-RAMA™ series comes Stateside for the first time with top names such as Pedro Barros, Bucky Lasek, and Rune Glifberg vying for the title of Vans BOWL-A-RAMA NYC champion.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with the East Coast celebration of the 20th anniversary of Steve Caballero’s Half Cab shoe at the House of Vans in Brooklyn and continues on Saturday with the latest addition to the BOWL-A-RAMA series at Hudson River Park’s Pier 62 Skatepark.  In true form, the contest showcases the worlds’ best Pro and Master’s bowl skateboarders as they compete for a total prize purse of $55,000 (US).  BOWL-A-RAMA wraps up on Saturday with The Party Party.

The PRO division is one of the strongest ever assembled, with a list of riders including Kalani David, Nolan Monroe, Josh Rodriguez, Otavio Neto, Charlie Blair, Kevin Kowalski, Josh Stafford, Sky Siljeg, Nilo Pecannha, Omar Hassan, Steve Pineiro and Australia’s Jack Fardell, all looking to skate their way to a spot on the podium.

Five-time back-to-back BOWL-A-RAMA Masters champion Steve Caballero will be going head to head with one of the world’s best & first time BOWL-A-RAMA entrant Chris Miller. Other MASTER riders competing include Sergie Ventura, Nicky Guerrero, Lester Kasai, Eddie Elguera, Pat Ngoho, Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi, and Jeff Grosso.

“Everyone at Vans is excited to bring the third leg of the BOWL-A-RAMA™ to New York City with the biggest names in skateboarding coming to town,” said Steve Van Doren, Vans’ Vice President of Events and Promotions. “At the same time, we’re looking forward to continuing the global celebrations of skate’s most iconic shoe, the Half Cab, and bringing the festivities home to the House of Vans in Brooklyn.”

Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC is a week dedicated to celebrating art, music and true skateboard culture. Presented by YouOnlyLiveOnce, the festival of the skateboard features the 20th anniversary of the Half Cab at New York’s skate HQ, the House of Vans in Brooklyn, The Love & Guts art show “Empty Culture”, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC competition and The Party Party (more details to come).

“We’re so stoked to be able to add New York City as an official stop on the BOWL-A-RAMA™ tour, the first-ever North American edition of the BOWL-A-RAMA™ international professional skateboard bowl series,” commented Chad Ford, Frontside Events Director.  “With BOWL-A-RAMA’s prize purse paying down to 20th position for the Pros and to 15th in the Masters division, skaters will be turning New York City on to what bowl skating is all about and encourage everyone to get amongst the action.”

BOWL-A-RAMA™ was born on Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia in 2005 and is the biggest professional concrete series in the World. With the addition of NYC, BOWL-A-RAMA can now call some of the most iconic destinations in the world home.

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