Leticia Bufoni’s long trip from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Costa Mesa proved to be worth it.
The 17-year-old won $25,000 in the Cup girls’ skateboard street contest. In a highly competitive women’s division, Bufoni narrowly outscored last week’s X Games gold medalist, Alexis Sablone to win her second Maloof Money Cup.
Bufoni nailed a few key tricks in her final heat on the biggest obstacles on the course. Though Sablone stuck an impressive, first try kickflip 50-50 down the triple-set hubba ledge and lipslid the 9-stair rail, Bufoni won the judges and the crowd a with a perfect backside Smith grind down the 9-stair rail and a kickflip down the triple set giving her a tw0-point lead.
Rounding out the podium, Marisa Dal Santo showed her diversity with a 50-50 dwon the 9-stair rail and a crooked grind down the 6-stair hubba ledge.
Through a translator, Bufoni said her ability to compete well in all three sections of the street course led to the Cup championship.
The Maloof Money Cup boasts the largest purse in the history of professional skateboarding with over $450,000 in prize money, while setting the benchmark at each prize level.
Women’s Street Results
1. Leticia Bufoni 276.33
2. Alexis Sablone 274.33
3. Marisa Dal Santo 269.33
4. Evelien Bouilliart 251
5. Amy Caron 232.67
6. Vanessa Torres 219.67
7. Lacey Baker 212
8. Elissa Steamer 203
9. Katherine Williams 188.67
10. Abisha Alshebaiki 172