Cape Town is gearing up for spectacular skateboarding action over the next couple of days with two top pro skaters jetting into the Mother City to participate in a series of skateboarding clinics and demonstrations in the run-up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore. Silas Baxter-Neal and Mike Anderson will be joining the Skateboarding for Hope road show and hit various street spots and skate parks across the peninsula.
The Skateboarding for Hope community outreach programme is a joint initiative between the Northern Cape provincial government, Kumba Iron Ore and Boogaloos, to promote and grow the sport of skateboarding in South Africa. The initiative has been travelling the country during the past three years and has touched the lives of thousands of South African youth. Over 4000 skateboards have been handed out to underprivileged kids across the country to enable them to embrace this exciting and fastest growing sport.
The first clinic and demonstration will be at Durbanville DIY skate park on Monday, 23 September, at 15h00 followed by a street skate session in Cape Town. On Heritage Day, 24 September, the action will move to the Edgemead skate park at 10h00 before hitting the city centre again. On Wednesday, 25 September, the road show will move to Valhalla Skate Park for a demonstration at 10h00 with a final street session scheduled for Cape Town afterwards.
According to Johann van Schalkwyk, project manager for the Kimberley Diamond Cup, it is especially fitting that these activations will form part of the Heritage Day celebrations in South Africa. “The Skateboarding for Hope tour will leave a lasting legacy within our communities by introducing our youth to a sport that is healthy and readily accessible. By teaching youngsters to skate and donating boards to less privileged kids, we are giving them an alternative pastime. Cape Town is already home to a very dynamic and growing skateboarding scene and we hope that Silas and Mike will further inspire young skateboarders to hone their talents.”
The Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships will take place at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley from 27 – 29 September and will see the top professional and amateur skateboarders compete in the street and vert contests over the three-day period.