37 Countries Represented at Kimberley Diamond Cup

Nyjah Huston at Kimberley Diamond Cup

Nyjah Huston at KDC Nyjah Huston in action during the final heat of the 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore. The defending champion is back in Kimberley to battle some of the top pro skaters from around the globe.

Nyjah Huston will return to Kimberley to defend his world title against an unprecedented global roster from 37 countries at the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore from 2 – 5 October 2014. The best pro street skaters from the United States will join the top skateboarders from around the world to battle it out in Kimberley, South Africa in October for their share of the R5 million prize purse, the largest single event prize purse in skateboarding.

“The unprecedented global participation in this year’s championships gives us the unique opportunity to showcase our beautiful country to the world and will also allow our young people to be inspired by these incredible athletes,” said John Block, MEC of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape provincial government. “This contest has grown beyond what we anticipated. It is now the premier skateboarding competition in the world and all eyes will be on Kimberley. We can’t wait to see the incredible talent that will no doubt be displayed during this year’s competition. It promises to be a truly historic event!”

“It is also an unbelievable opportunity for the Northern Cape to showcase itself as an extraordinary tourism destination and we are looking forward to welcoming the participants and their supporters with the traditional warm Northern Cape hospitality. We would be proud to share our tourism treasures with them – extreme nature, extreme culture and extreme adventure. We would like to encourage them to take this chance to explore the magic of South Africa’s largest province,” mentions Block.

Nyjah Huston, last year’s street skateboarding world champion, along with other top U.S. pros, will battle the top skaters from around the world in a fast-paced, adrenaline packed contest that takes place on the state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza. Currently 37 countries are sending their best skaters to the world championships, including countries competing on the international stage for the first time such as Turkey, Vietnam, Philippines, Namibia, Mauritius Islands and Malaysia.

“To have so many countries competing in the World Championships is unprecedented in skateboarding,” said Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “Since there are only a handful of countries with federations established for skateboarding, most countries do not have any formalised means to support their top skateboarders to get to international contests. For them, it is crucial to get financial help to get to these contests. Even the US, as advanced as it is in skateboarding, has no mechanism in place to get governmental help to send its top skateboarders to the big contests and it has to rely on brands to help,” mentions McFerran. “Over the last seven months, we’ve seen first-hand the challenges in getting skaters to the world championships in countries that have no existing federation. We’ve been working feverishly to assist countries to help bring their skaters to South Africa. We want to help support the growing skateboarding talent around the world and to ensure that skateboarders who have the talent, but not the means, are represented in major events like the skateboarding world championships.”

The growing list of countries participating in the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships includes: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Botswana, Brasil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius Islands, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Philippines, Reunion, Russia, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

For an up-to-date list of skateboarders and countries that will be represented at the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships, visit www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com. The Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup will be broadcast live in South Africa on SuperSport and distributed globally in 173 countries reaching 367 million homes worldwide. The event will also be webcast live.

Yuri Facchini Interview

An Interview with Yuri Facchini

An Interview with Yuri Facchini

How long did you have to film for X2 VISION?
Maybe around a year, something like that…

What is it like filming with TJ for the video?
TJ is the shit man! He’s always full of energy motivating me and everyone around not just on skateboarding but on pretty much everything else, it was fun good times with this G! WOOO!

What cities and countries did you film in for the video?
Pretty much all around Brazil, parts of Spain, Italy, and Southern California.

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What was the funnest part of filming for the video?
Traveling to new countries, meeting new people and skating with all the homies, of course!

How was it working with Mike Manzoori on X2 VISION?
It was really fun man, Mike; he kills it! Mike has all these crazy-ass ideas and really knows what to do with them. I haven’t known Mike for that long, but I could tell when I met him he would be a sick guy to work with.

Any spoilers?
Nawwwww… hahaha!

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What was the toughest part of filming for the video?
Didn’t really have that much time to film everything that I wanted to do, and a couple tricks that were stuck on my mind, but that’s how it is, skateboarding never stops; will always have something new to try and to do.

What is next after this video?
Going to keep what I’m doing now, skating and having a lot of fun – always ready for the next thing.

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Yuri Facchini

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JIM HOUSER EXHIBITION

Jim Houser - A Position on a Map

Artist Jim Houser, from Philadelphia, has a solo show on in Italy at the moment called A Position on a Map. Here’s some of his work…

Jim Houser - A QuiverJim Houser / A Quiver / 2013 / acrylic and collage on canvas / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - HushJim Houser / Hush / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - PilesJim Houser / Piles / 2013 / acrylic and collage on canvas / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - ParksJim Houser / Parks / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - A Position on a MapJim Houser / A Position on a Map / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - A Volley of OathsJim Houser / A Volley of Oaths / 2013 / acrylic on wood / 46×46 cm

The exhibition is on at Galleria Patricia Armocida. Jim has twenty medium and large-scale artworks and two site-specific installations up.

Jim Houser’s works are narrative microcosms in which he compulsively presents moments, instants, memories from his life as if it were a self-examination process, cathartically translating them into visual poetry with a pictorial, unique, and distinctive language. By cataloging his experiences and emotions, the artist creates his own vocabulary of images that guides us through his personal curative iconography. Jim Houser’s aesthetic combines stylized figures, hand-drawn typography, sound-symbolic words, visual sensations, and geometric shapes, creating quilt-like collages in a cohesive color palette. Houser layers acrylic on wood, fabric and found objects, blurring the lines between collage and sculpture. This deceptively dimensional quality is further highlighted when the pieces are assembled into one of the artist’s elaborate installations, adding to the complexity of each individual piece by emphasizing a greater inter-connectivity to the body of work as a whole. Once combined, it becomes clear that all of his works are associative and directly related, connected to each other as if part of a mapping system. And so, much like a position on a map corresponds to an actual physical location, his works mirror events, places, or attachments in his life, thus marking his position in the world.

Jim currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a self-taught artist and member of the art collective Space1026. He has exhibited all over the world.

All images Courtesy Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, Italy.

BLIND DAMN TOUR EUROPE 2013

The Blind team start at Vans Downtown Showdown in Paris then head through Switzerland and finish up in Italy. Eight minutes of bangers across Europe from Kevin Romar, Tj Rogers, Yuri Facchini, Sam Beckett and a quick cameo from Sewa Kroetkov.

VENICE TO VENICE WITH GUY MARIANO

A really cool short film / skate video with Guy Mariano. He teleports somehow from Venice Beach, California to Venice, Italy, and takes advantage of the local skate spots. Really nicely edited, and a pretty fun story line. Nice one Lakai.

VANS OFF THE WALL SPRING CLASSIC 2013 SKATE HIGHLIGHTS

Vans recently hosted it’s fifth Vans Off the Wall Spring Classic event. The event took place on the 3rd of May 2013 in the costal town of Varazze, Italy. Thousands of skateboarders, press and people came to the event from all over Europe for the weekend. The video really makes the event look like such a good time, with super good skateboarding in an amazing mini-ramp and street park, good music, beautiful beachfront surroundings, and good times. This could easily be South Africa. We also really enjoyed the footage and animation in the video. Good job Vans!