This year skate competition knows no borders. Coming in 2011, Red Bull Manny Mania has expanded its global series to 34 countries, including 13 new nations that will enter their wheels into the ring. Thanks to a successful 2010 series that brought awestruck winners from around the globe to New York City, many of whom had never traveled outside their home towns. This year the title of "master of manuals" is bound to be even more hottly contested.
Born from the mind of skate pro Joey Brezinski, Red Bull Manny Mania has grown into one of the biggest skate comps the world over. While still balancing a relaxed vibe, it's actually more of a gathering than a contests. Seeking to award the highest level of technical trickery on four wheels, the series will culminate with two marquee events, the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final and the Red Bull Manny Mania Pro, both taking place August 20-21 in New York City.
The season plays out like this, each of the participating countries run qualifying events and a national final. From there the winner of the national final will represent their homeland in the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final in NY. The one amateur skater who defeats every other in the global field will get their chance to step into the big leagues – a spot in the invite-only Red Bull Manny Mania Pro Event, on Sunday, August 21.
MAKING LIKE MAGELLAN
With 34 countries hosting Red Bull Manny Mania stops, the contest will circumnavigate the globe to hunt for the hungriest skater hoping to turn small town dreams turn into big city reality. Will skaters from more well known hot spots like Brazil and Australia go the distance, or will there be a surprise from the likes of Bosnia or Bulgaria? Only time and talent will tell who can flip a chance into some series street cred, when the 2011 manual master is crowned.
List of Participating Countries (*new for 2011)
Argentina, Australia, Belarus*, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina*, Brazil*, Bulgaria*, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Greece*, Hong Kong*, Hungary, Ireland*, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan*, Netherlands*, Peru, Portugal*, Romania*, Russia, Serbia*, Singapore*, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Red Bull Manny Mania World Am Final: New York City, NY, August 20
Red Bull Manny Mania Pro Final: New York City, NY, August 21