Friday, May 20, 2011

Amateur Skateboard Competition Gives Local Riders Chance at Worldwide Championship
WHAT: The City of Bethlehem in collaboration with Homebase Skateshop will host a qualifier for the international skateboard competition Red Bull Manny Mania at the Bethlehem Skateplaza. The contest highlights manual balance tricks and the more technical side of skateboarding. The winner from the Bethlehem stop will earn a trip to Los Angeles to compete in the U.S. National Finals.
Entering its 5th year, Red Bull Manny Mania has grown into one of the biggest global skateboard contests. Born from the mind of skate pro Joey Brezinski the event combines serious skateboard skills with a relaxed vibe as it seeks to award the highest level of technical trickery on two wheels. The series will culminate in two marquee events, the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final and the Red Bull Manny Mania Pro, taking place August 20-21 in New York City.
The 2011 Red Bull Manny Mania U.S. stops will take place in Boston, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Cleveland, OH, Hoboken, NJ, Las Vegas NV, Louisville, KT, Nashville, TN, Bethlehem, PA, Rancho Cucamonga, CA Rochester, NY, Virginia Beach VA, and Washington DC .
WHERE: The Bethlehem Skateplaza 1325 Steel Avenue, Bethlehem, PA
WHEN: Saturday May 21, 2011
Registration: 10:00am-11:30am
There is a 50 skater max, so registration will be first come, first served. Skaters must be 18+ or with their parent/guardian if they are under 18.
Event: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Guest Pro Judges: Zered Bassett, Kerry Getz, Dan Pensyl and Ray Gurz
PRESS OPPORTUNITES: Interviews/Skate alongs with pro skater and Red Bull Athlete, Zered Basset. Press will have the ability to capture footage of skateboarders competing at the event as well

HOMEBASE 9-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BBQ ON AIR PRODUCTS TOWN SQUARE AT STEEL STACKS MAY 22: Celebrate Homebase’s 9th year of business in the Lehigh Valley and benefit the Bethlehem Skateplaza at a BBQ on the Steel Stacks new Air Products Town Square. WHAT: A family friendly BBQ on the Air Products Town Square at Steel Stacks. - Music provided all day by B104’s Cap Cee and Audio Dynamikz. - A live performance by The Great White Caps, local surf inspired rock band at 5pm. - Benefit the Bethlehem Skateplaza by spinning the raffle wheel, play Quoits or get a hole-in-hole on the putting green from prizes all day long. Prizes donated by Homebase & our sponsors. - Pick up a pamphlet on Bethlehem’s Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser and hear find out how you can support the future phases of the skateplaza. - 4 local artists will be creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art at the BBQ which will be raffled off to support the Bethlehem Skateplaza. - At 7pm, we will be premiering a video retrospective of Homebase Skateshop’s 9 years of skateboarding in the Lehigh Valley. From skateboarding on the old Liberty High School Courtyard in 1999 to skating the Bethlehem Skateplaza in 2011. - BBQ food and drink sales through the Steel Stacks. Vegetarian options are available. Alcoholic drinks will be sold to adults with I.D. WHERE: The Air Products Town Square at Steel Stacks. 101 Founders Way Bethlehem, PA 18015 WHEN: 2pm to 8pm. RAIN OR SHINE PRESS OPPORTUNITIES: For more information on the event, to schedule an interview or for general questions, please contact Andrew Po:

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