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Ultra Malmo Bowl III skate competition comes to Malmo, Sweden on August 19th
International skate fans are anxiously awaiting the August 19th kick off of the Ultra Malmo Bowl III skate competition. The event is expected to be held at the Stapelbaddsparken located in Malmo, Sweden from August 19 through August 21, 2011. On the line is a total prize purse worth $20,000. The event is part of this year's World Cup of Skateboarding line-up and is expected to be a nail bitter thanks to all the incredibly talented pro skaters scheduled to compete. Here's a quick look at what's on tap.
There will be competitions taking place daily in several disciplines at assorted locations throughout Malmo. Among them are the Freestyle World Championships, the Get Set Go street for the ladies, the Ultra Bowl Pro and the Ultra Bowl Masters. The Stapelbaddesparken, which has both a pool and park area, will serve as the venue for all of the competitions except the mini-ramp demo. The mini-ramp demos will take place in the Center of Malmo City during all three days of the event. In addition to the skateboarding competitions and demos there will be a festival area set up as well. The festival extends beyond the end of the skateboarding competitions and concludes on August 26. It will serve as a nice compliment to the skate competitions by offering attendees musical entertainment and much more. Full details about those ancillary events are available on the festival's website.
When it comes to the Ultra Malmo Bowl Pro and Masters' Division the list of competitors reads like a skateboarding who's who. Among the exceptional skaters expected to compete in the Pro Division are Americans Andy MacDonald, Nolan Munroe and Kevin Kowalski. Skate fans may recall that Kowalski broke his wrist earlier this year and also managed to take home top honors at the Florida Bowl Riders competition and finish 10th at the Dew Tour Ocean City, Maryland, tour stop. Another pro expected to compete is 19 year old Malaysian skater Arina Rahman. Known for delivering performances that fire up a crowd, Rahman quietly entered American skate fans' radars after his stellar performance at the 2008 Asia X Games. Since that time he has participated in a variety of International skate competitions including Sweden's Avesta Betongcupen.
In the Master Division, 46 year old UK skater and member of the Vans Team, Sean Goff is scheduled to match wits with fellow UK cohorts Joe Atkins and Paul "Dicky" Davis, who have participated in previous Ultra Malmo Bowl events. All are strong competitors. Earlier this year Atkins took 12th place in Vert Attack 5. The Vert Attack 5 was ultimately won by UK's Jake Anderson, who is currently not on the Ultra Malmo Bowl III's list of competitors. The men will also be going up against the likes of legendary American skater 42 year old Sasha Steinhorst and Germany's Anders Tellen, both who are no stranger to the World Cup of Skateboarding scene. Other countries represented in the Master's Division include Australia, Denmark and of course Sweden.
The Freestyle World Championship's list of competitors is equally as intriguing. Among the list of pro riders is Greyson Asthon, who took home second place at the 2010 Freestyle World Championship held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Asthon was beat out for first place by the iconic skater, Guenter Mokulys, who is also on this year's list of competitors. Skate fans that want to see a full list of competitors in all divisions will find one on the Skate Malmo website.
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