Here is the official word from Monster Energy:
Hurricane Irene is headed up the eastern seaboard, but it will not stand in the way of the Street League Skateboarding Championships. Despite evacuations, flood warnings, and travel chaos across the tri-state, the grand finale of skateboarding’s first million-dollar pro tour will still go down in Newark, NJ this weekend. Street League organizers moved quickly to adjust the event schedule because of weather concerns. The $200,000-purse Final will run on Saturday August 27 instead of the originally scheduled Sunday event. Television airtimes however, will remain the same: Watch it on ESPN2 – Sunday, August 28, 5-7pm ET.
The elite field of competing skaters converged on Newark’s Prudential Center arena Friday evening for an impromptu practice session. Monster’s Cole and O’Neill were joined by the rest of the SL finalists, and skated for several hours warming up and working out lines on the custom-built street course. As event organizers worked feverishly to put their contingency plan in place, the skaters wasted no time heating things up on the course.
Cole kicked off the session by busting a Hurricane Grind down one of the many orange handrails on the course, while O’Neill focused his tech attack on the bump-to-bar and ledge features. Undeterred by the incoming storm and schedule changes, Monster’s skaters are ready to battle in tomorrow’s main event.
In the 2011 Street League Skateboarding series standings, Cole is currently in 2nd place overall and has racked up three consecutive Wonka Free Ride Best Trick awards. O’Neill is currently ranked 5th and pulled a substantial 2nd place finish at the tour’s first stop in Seattle. Both skaters have what it takes to walk away with the win. The big story of the weekend might be a hurricane, but here in Newark, it’s all about Street League.
EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED:
Saturday, August 27 Finals
Time: 3 pm ET
WATCH ESPN2 TO SEE WHAT WENT DOWN
Sunday, August 28 5-7 pm ET