HOUSTON, TX. (July 9, 2009) – Some of the top amateur skateboarders in the state will be descending on Katy, Texas to compete in the newly formed Regional Amateur Skateboard Tour (The RAT). Presented by the Don McGill SCION of Katy, the RAT Tour will take place outside Sun & Ski Sports at the Katy Mills Mall on Saturday, July 18th. The RAT is a partnership between Houston based Sun & Ski Sports and Geiger Media. It has featured events in the four biggest markets in Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and now Houston.
The goal for this series is to give Texas skaters an opportunity to come hang out with their friends, have some fun and compete for some great cash and prizes. The four competitions will take place on a custom mini-ramp created by pro vert skater Mike Crum and the crew at Push Productions. In addition to the mini-ramp competition, the final RAT event will feature a street “Best Trick” competition utilizing a select street obstacle. Over $2500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in each category.
“It’s been several years since the state of Texas has had an organized series like this and it’s time.” said event creator/organizer Bill Geiger. “The sport is blowing up across the country and Texas is definitely a hot spot. We had great participation at our first three events and I expect the final stop to be the biggest yet!”
In addition to Don McGill SCION and Sun & Ski Sports, Stop #4 of The RAT series is sponsored by McDonalds Restaurants, Monster Energy Drink, FUEL TV, Comcast Cable, Kicker Audio, Skullcandy, Guapo Skateboards, Hype Skateboards, Element Skateboards and Triple 8 Helmets. Media partners include FUEL-TV, the Houston Press and 94.5 KTBZ-FM. Additional entertainment for the Houston event provided by DJ XBoyRD and drummer J-Notice. McDonalds is also partnering with Katy based ARTreach serving children at risk and children and adults with special needs in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and the Woodlands.
For more information including schedules, locations, registration, etc., go to www.SkateTheRat.com.