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Somewhere along the Mississippi River at this very moment, pro skaters are skating a floating skatepark. Sponsored and created by Red Bull, the Mississippi Grind river barge tour is presenting a unique skateboarding experience. Built on a massive barge, this floating skatepark will travel a total of 1,705 miles from its launch point in Minnesota's Twin Cities to its final destination of New Orleans, La. Upon completion of the journey, Red Bull will donate the obstacles from the barge skatepark to the city of New Orleans to be placed in a public skate space.
The barge is hosting four contest events along its journey south including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Davenport, Iowa, St. Louis, Mo. and a final stop in New Orleans. These "Ticket to Grind" skate contests will feature 20 of each state's best skaters and the winner of each of the first three events wins a pass to the final event in the Big Easy on October 9. The winner of that event will take home $2,000.
Apart from the contests, several Red Bull pro riders and invited guest pros will be sessioning the barge and doing demo appearances at each stop. Pros already skating and scheduled to appear include Ronnie Creager, Zered Bassett, Kenny Anderson, Ron Deily and more. Check the Mississippi Grind website for remaining event dates and pro appearances.