Midway Mayhem Returns to Kimberley

Some of the thousands of local kids that have lined up to attend weekly free skateboarding clinics at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley, Northern Cape.

Some of the thousands of local kids that have lined up to attend weekly free skateboarding clinics at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley, Northern Cape.Some of the thousands of local kids that have lined up to attend weekly free skateboarding clinics at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley, Northern Cape.

Kimberley gets its own grand slam skateboarding event

Skateboarding enthusiasts in the Northern Cape can look forward to one of the biggest skateboarding events in the country when the Midway Mayhem takes place at the Kumba Skate Plaza on Saturday, 18 April. The event falls exactly halfway between the 2014 and 2015 Kimberley Diamond Cup skateboarding world championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American.

According to John Block, MEC for the Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism of the Northern Cape Provincial Government, Midway Mayhem sports a unique character. “Now only in its second year, the event has become legendary in skateboarding circles and is completely different from any other skateboarding events hosted in the country. It is not only a really tough contest, but it also allows participants to enjoy the community of skateboarding. It sends a message that the world championships are on the way and renews interest in our world-class skate park, which has become a global phenomenon,” mentions Block.

As the best skate plaza in Africa, the Kimberley facility is the only one of its kind in the world offering free access, training clinics and contests all-year round. Thousands of skaters are drawn to the state-of-the-art facility on an annual basis and it has become one of the key tourism attractions in the capital city of South Africa’s largest province.

Yvonne Mfolo, Executive Head of Public Affairs of presenting sponsor Kumba Iron Ore, welcomes the event back to the province. “The Northern Cape government has identified the sport of skateboarding as an appropriate vehicle to promote the province as the ultimate adventure and extreme sport destination, while simultaneously making a significant contribution to youth development. As a company, we’ve had the privilege of observing the positive impact this programme has had on local communities and are proud to offer our support.”

This year’s Midway Mayhem is billed as a Grand Slam event during which top skateboarders will be able to qualify for the KDC skateboarding world championships in October. At the same time, it will also feature a Skateboarding for Hope tour stop with skateboarding clinics for underprivileged youth from the region. The top street skater will walk away with one of the top prize purses available in South Africa.

Midway Mayhem will feature five different categories, including contests for 13 & Under TOPGROM skaters, riders aged 14 & Over, women street skaters, vert skaters and the Rider Cup team contest. The street contests will feature a novel format not often seen in South African competitions with the top skaters going head to head in the finals. Midway Mayhem is also one of the few contests showcasing the vert skating talent in the country and the depth of skills of local female skateboarders.

Registration starts at 09h00 followed by Skateboarding for Hope clinics, qualifiers and finals in each category. Live entertainment will be provided during the lunch break and the prize-giving is scheduled for 18h15.

Upcoming events:
Saturday, 18 April: Midway Mayhem, Kumba Skate Plaza, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Saturday, 2 May: Skateboarding for Hope Stoneridge, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Saturday, 16 May: Skateboarding for Hope, I2B Park, Somerset West, Western Cape
Saturday, 13 June & Sunday, 14 June: Joburg Grand Slam
Tuesday, 16 June: Skateboarding for Hope, Springbok, Northern Cape
Thursday, 18 June: Skateboarding for Hope, Upington, Northern Cape
Saturday, 20 June: Skateboarding for Hope, De Aar, Northern Cape
Friday, 26 June: Skateboarding for Hope Durban, Beach Front, KwaZulu Natal
Friday, 27 June: Durban Grand Slam, Beach Front, KwaZulu Natal
Saturday, 4 July: Skateboarding for Hope, SkateLab, George, Western Cape
Saturday, 18 July: Skateboarding for Hope, Key West Mall, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
Saturday, 1 August: Skateboarding for Hope, Thrashers Pretoria, Gauteng
Saturday, 22 August: Skateboarding for Hope, Langebaan, Western Cape
Friday, 28 August: Skateboarding for Hope, Witbank Highveld Mall, Mpumalanga
Saturday, 5 September: Skateboarding for Hope, Canal Walk Cape Town, Western Cape
End Sept, Green Point, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Monday, 5 October: Skateboarding for Hope, Kumba Skate Plaza, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Wednesday, 7 October – Saturday, 10 October: Kimberley Diamond Cup Main Event, Kimberley

Kimberley skater Warrick Delport in action at the world-class Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley.Kimberley skater Warrick Delport in action at the world-class Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley.

Verb at KDC 2014

Verb at KDC 2014

Verb at Kimberley Diamond Cup 2014

Verb asked some pro’s at Kimberley Diamond Cup this year what they thought of the new Verb x Adventure Time collaboration.

Featuring Micky Papa, Ivan Monteiro, Dane Burman, Phil Zwijsen, Rachel Reinhard, TJ Rogers, Louie Lopez, Tyson Bowerbank, Byron Rhoda, Ryan Naidoo, Dlamini Dlamini, Andre Beverley, Jean-Marc Johannes, Continue reading “Verb at KDC 2014”

Kimberley Diamond Cup 2014 Video Recap

Kimberley Diamond Cup 2014

Kimberley Diamond Cup / World Skateboarding Championships 2014.

Featuring Nate Rojas, Boo Johnson, Jordan Hoffart, Andre Beverley, Vincent Milou, Jean-Marc Johannes, Tom Knox, Flo Mirtain, Dlamini Dlamini, Gosha Konyshev, Dane Burman, Matt Berger, Marius Syvaven, Justin Brock, TJ Rogers, Micky Papa, Tyson Bowerbank, Louie Lopez, Nassim Guammaz, Nyjah Huston, Kelvin Hoefler, Tommy Fynn, and more.

Filmed / edited: Matthew Lesch

Music: Bass Drums of Death – Crawling After You

KDC 2014 Rider Cup Team Championships Results

Kimberley Diamond Cup 2014 Rider Cup Results

Kimberley Diamond Cup 2014 Rider Cup Results

Eight 4-man teams of skateboarders from South Africa and around the world congregated in Kimberley for the Rider Cup Team Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup. We had Soul Team from Brooklyn, NY in the house all the way from the US along with several teams of South Africa’s top skaters to compete for their share of the R40k cash prize purse. In the end, SA dream team squad 4 Staxx consisting of Moses Adams, Khule Ngubane, Mitchell Rice, and Jean Marc Johannes ended up taking the top spot and the Rider Cup Team Championship 2014 title. Check the results below.

Results

1. 4 Staxx – R25,000
Moses Adams
Jean Marc Johannes
Mitchell Rice
Khule Ngubane

2. Get It Get It! – R10,000
Yann Horowitz
Dlamini Dlamini
Khulu Dlamini
Kanya Spani

3. Clean Team – R5,000
Kyle Trusky
Enwin Gellant
Ofentse Ramakanya
Allen Adams

Kimberley Diamond Cup – Day 1 Press Release

Samarria Brevard at KDC 2014. Photo by Sam Clarke.

Samarria Brevard at KDC 2014. Photo by Sam Clarke.

High flying start on day 1 of Kimberley Diamond Cup

Kimberley, South Africa – October 3, 2014

Day one of the Kimberley Diamond Cup Skateboarding World Championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore got off to an exciting start with the high flying action of the Big Air World Championships followed by the inaugural Women’s Street World Championships.

First up was Big Air and Jono Schwan landed a heelflip body varial 360 over the gap to a 900 on the quarterpipe, earning him the title and a $22,000 cash prize.

The inaugural Women’s Street Championships featured standout performances by Alexis Sablone (kickflip front 50-50) and Brazilian Pamela Rosa (frontside boardside the big rail), but it was Samarria Brevard, who ripped the entire course and front-180’d the entire manual pad. “I was very nervous before we started skating, but I’m so excited having won!” said Brevard. “My mom was worried because I had to travel on my own to get here – it’s my first time out of the country – but both of my parents are very supportive of me skateboarding and will be so happy for me!”

The first day of competition ended with a concert featuring dance performances and popular South African musicians followed by a 15-minute fireworks show. “It was a great start of what promises to be a fantastic weekend of skateboarding,” said Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “Skateboarders have travelled from all over the world, from 37 countries, and today we saw just a small preview of the caliber of skateboarding we’re in store for this weekend.”

Women’s Street World Championships Top Three
1. Samarria Brevard ($15,000)
2. Alexis Sablone ($10,000)
3. Pamela Rosa ($5,000)

Big Air World Championships Top Three
1. Jono Schwan ($22,000)
2. Elliott Sloan ($15,000)
3. Clay Kreiner ($10,000)

Click here for the full results from Day One of the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup.

Fireworks at KDC 2014. Photo by Sam Clarke.

Jono Schwan at KDC 2014. Photo by Sam Clarke.

The official events of the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup were the Women’s Street Championships, Vert World Championships, Street World Championships, Big Air Championships, Rider Cup Team Skateboarding Championships as well as four national championship events for South African skaters, including Girl’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, Street Championships and the Youth Street Championships.

About Kimberley Diamond Cup
The annual Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships is a partnership between South Africa’s Northern Cape Provincial Government, World Skateboarding Grand Prix and Kumba Iron Ore. Located 300 miles southwest of Johannesburg in the Northern Cape Province, Kimberley was the location of South Africa’s first diamond mine, thus its nickname, “The Diamond City.” For the latest news and information go to www.kimberleydiamondcup.com.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)
World Skateboarding Grand Prix is an international skateboarding event management company. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism while supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For the latest news and information on the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.

Skaters Representing at KDC

Nyjah Huston Kickflip Backside Tailslide at KDC 2014. Photo by Grant Mclachlan.

Nyjah Huston Kickflip Backside Tailslide at KDC 2014. Photo by Grant Mclachlan.Nyjah Huston Kickflip Backside Tailslide at KDC 2014. Photo by Grant Mclachlan.

Here’s a list of all the skaters who represented at the KDC Skateboarding World Championships:

Street World Championships:

Australia (native South African) – Tommy Fynn
Australia – Dane Burman
Belgium – Phil Zwijsen
Brazil – Rodrigo Leal
Brazil – Leandro Chico
Brazil – Kelvin Hoefler
Canada – Matt Berger
Canada – Mickey Papa
Canada – Jon Cosentino
Canada – TJ Rogers
Czech Republic – Tomas Vintr
Finland – Marius Syvanen
France – Flo Mirtain
Indian Ocean, France – Vincent Milou
Indian Ocean, Mauritius – Damien Philippe
Indian Ocean, Mauritius – Eric Kircher
Indian Ocean, Mauritius -Kevin Cazel
Indian Ocean, Reunion – Laurent Gence
Indian Ocean, Reunion – Theirry Finet
Indian Ocean, Reunion – Laurence Finet
Mexico – Gustavo Servin
Morocoo/Netherlands – Nassim Guammaz
Mozambique – Yulian Edmundovitch Manhica
Namibia – Armand Oelofse
Namibia – Morne’ de Kock
Namibia – Izzi Jansen
Philippines – Eunice Quinlantang
Philippines – Marvin Basinal
Philippines – Jeff Gonzales
Russia – Gosha Konyshev
South Africa – Khule Ngubane
South Africa – Moses Adams
South Africa – Dlamini Dlamini
Turkey – Cenk Kulioglu
Uganda – Douglas Mwesigwa
Uganda – Peter Kyomuhendo
UK – Tom Knox
USA – Nyjah Huston
USA – Clint Walker
USA – Alec Majerus
USA – Louie Lopez
USA – Evan Smith
USA – Tyson Bowerbank
USA – Justin Brock
USA – Boo Johnson
USA – Ben Hatchell
Vietnam – Linh Do
Vietnam – Bin Tim

Women’s Street World Championships

USA – Lacey Baker
Brazil – Pamela Rosa
USA – Marissa Dal Santo
Canada – Samarria Brevard
USA – Alexis Sablone
USA – Elissa Steamer
USA – Lacey Baker
Austria – Julia Brueckler
USA – Alana Smith
USA – Vanessa Torres
Australia – Katherine Williams

Vert Skateboarding World Championships

Canada – Pierre Luc Gagnon
USA – Jimmy Wilkins
USA – Andy Macdonald
Brazil – Sandro Dias
USA – Trey Wood
USA – Jono Schwan
USA – Mitchie Brusco
Brazil – Rony Gomes
Brazil – Marcelo Bastos
Brazil – Edgar Pereira
USA – Sam Beckett
Brazil – Italo Penarrubia

South African Championships

Cape Town- Alan Marola
Cape Town – Schuaib Philander
Cape Town – Alan Adams
Cape Town – Jean-Marc Johannes
Cape Town – Andrew Nero
Cape Town – Justus Kotze
Cape Town – Martin Stoffberg
Cape Town – Wesley Tooth Schroeder
Durban – Khule Ngubane
Johannesburg – Daniel Miltiadou
Pretoria – Charl Steyn
Welkom – Nico Ludek
Johannesburg – Kanya Spani
Durban – Braxton Haine
Johannesburg – Sam Vider
Johannesburg – Trae Rice
Johannesburg – Xolani Thanjekwayo
Johannesburg – Anthony DeMendonca
Johannesburg – Brandon Valjalo
Durban – Khulu Dlamini
Durban – Martin Stoffberg
Johannesburg – Mitchell Rice
Durban – Simon Stiptich
Kimberley – Warrick Delport
Durban – Yann Horowitz

KDC SA Women’s Street Champs Results

KDC SA Women's Championships Results

KDC SA Women's Championships Results

South Africa’s best girl skaters pulled into Kimberley this weekend for the KDC SA Women’s Street Championships. The prize purse was R20 000, and they stood the chance to win one of two slots in the Women’s Street World Championships. In the end Kelly Murray snatched the gold, for the second year in a row. Big ups to Natalie Bramley and Melissa Williams for making podium!

Results

1. Kelly Murray – R10,000

2. Melissa Williams – R6,000

3. Natalie Bramley – R4,000

Photos: Rudi Jeggle

Kelly MurrayKelly Murray

Kelly MurrayKelly Murray

Melissa WilliamsMelissa Williams

Melissa WilliamsMelissa Williams

Mel Willams, Kelly Murray, Natalie BramleyMel Willams, Kelly Murray, Natalie Bramley

Mel and Kelly who will be skating in the KDC Women’s Street World ChampionshipsMel and Kelly, who will be skating in the KDC Women’s Street World Championships

KDC SA Vert Champs Results

KDC SA Vert Championships Results

KDC SA Vert Championships Results

South Africa’s top vert skaters owned at Kimberley Diamond Cup this year. Each skater had five runs, with maximum eight walls in each run. Their best run of five counted. In the end it was Jacques Allison who took the win.

Results:

1. Jacques Allison – R10,000

2. Werner du Plessis – R6,000

3. Graham Denoon – R4,000

Photos by Rudi Jeggle:

Damian BramleyDamian Bramley

Graham DenoonGraham Denoon

Jacques AllisonJacques Allison

Jacques AllisonJacques Allison

Werner du PlessisWerner du Plessis

Jacques Allison, Werner du Plessis, Graham DenoonJacques Allison, Werner du Plessis, Graham Denoon

SA Skaters Announced for KDC

SA Skaters Announced for KDC

SA Skaters Announced for KDC

KDC (Kimberley Diamond Cup) has announced the South African skaters competing this year. Below is the complete list of skaters that are pre-qualified to skate in the KDC South African Championships at 12pm noon on Sunday, 5th October. If your name is not on this list, you must skate the open qualifiers on Friday, 3rd October from 3 – 4pm. This list is composed of wildcard winners and additional skaters that KDC feels is deserving of being pre qualified to skate in the contest.

Wildcard Winners

Khule Ngubane
Daniel Miltiadou
Charl Steyn
Nico Ludek
Kanya Spani
Alan Marola
Jean-Marc Johannes
Braxton Haine
Andrew Nero
Sam Vider
Shuaib Phlander
Trae Rice
Xolani Thanjekwayo

KDC Select

Alan Adams
Anthony DeMendonca
Brandon Valjolo
Justus Kotze
Khulu Dlamini
Martin Stoffberg
Mitchell Rice
Simon Stiptich
Warrick Delport
Wesley Tooth Schroeder
Yann Horowitz

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.

KDC Grand Slam Cape Town 2014

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

Check out the skating that went down for the KDC Grand Slam at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town on 30-31 August, 2014.

Skaters in order of appearance: Fidel Smith, ?, ?, Norton O Donnell, Quinton Mooiman, Ethan Cairns, Brad Balie, Edwin Gellant, Jeremy Stone, Tyler Kammies, ?, Charl Jensel, Toufeeq Raubenheimer, Justin Adonis, Ryan Naidoo, MJ Johnson, Warrick Delport, ?, Dylan Wright, Justus Kotze, Mitchell Rice, Byron Rhoda, Judo Chop, Alan Marola, Jean Marc Johannes, Wesley Schroeder, Alan Adams, Moses Adams, Kyle Trusky, Shuaib Philander, and Khule Ngubane.

Filmed and edited by Chinner

Check out the photo recap and results from the event HERE.

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam Photos

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

All Photos By Grant McLachlan and Eric Palmer. Words by Grant McLachlan.

The 4th Kimberley Diamond Cup Grand Slam skateboarding contest of 2014 took place at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town over the weekend of the 29 – 31 of August. Cape Town is always one of the most entertaining stops as there is a huge skate scene and a lot of up-and-comers who are hungry to make a name for themselves. Over the course of the weekend thousands of spectators got to enjoy amazing skateboarding during the contest, demos by 20sk8 crew, live performances by Bfake and 5fm DJ’s DJ Warras and Stephanie B along.

Some the stand out skaters over the weekend had to be Alan Adams, Jean-marc Johannes, Alan Marola, who landed a huge transfer 50-50 during his run, and Kyle Trusky, who came in 3rd place and skated the a-frame with style and ease. Shuaib Philander skated consistently throughout the contest and won himself the Wildcard and also placed 2nd. In the end it was Khule Ngubane from Durban who added another Grand Slam title to his name after winning the last contest in Durban. Some of the most entertaining skating came out of the under 16s division with Tyler Kammies and Brad Baily getting a tie after their final runs. The winner was chosen after a tie-breaker run. They both skated amazingly but in the end it was Tyler Kammies who won for the second year in a row. Enwin Gelant was close behind in third place.

The Rider Cup came down two teams The Little Rascals who consisted of some of the youngest skaters in the who contest and 4 Stax who had Moses Adams, Mitchell Rice, Justus Kotze, and Jean-Marc Johannes; some of the best skateboarders in South Africa. The Little Rascals were landing trick after trick with no problem but 4 Stax took the win in the end with some great all-round skating.

Results

Under 16:
1. Tyler Kammies – R1800 + R800 Boogaloos voucher
2. Jeremy Stone – R1500 + R500 Boogaloos Voucher
3. Edwin Gellant – R1000 + R300 Boogaloos voucher

Over 17:
1. Khule Ngubane – R12000
2. Shuaib Philander (Wildcard)- R5000
3. Kyle Trusky – R3000

Rider Cup:
1. 4 Staxx – R10000
Mitchell Rice
Moses Adams
Jean-marc Johannes
Justus Kotze

2. Little Rascals
Brad Balie
Tyler Kammies
Ethan Cairns
Jeremy Stone

Best Trick:
Alan Adams – Kickflip Backside Overcrooks down the A-Frame rail – R3000

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Eric Palmer

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

KDC Canal Walk Grand Slam photo by Grant Mclachlan

Skateboarding for Hope Soweto Video

Video recap of Skateboarding for Hope at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto on Youth Day, 16 June 2014. Congrats to Kanya Spani for earning a slot in the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup South African Championships!

Skaters in order of appearance: Mike Stylianou, ?, Brian Stylianou, Jeremy Stone, Sam Vider, ?, Adam Woolf, Dean Marais, Anthony de Mendonca, Kanya Spani.

Filmed and edited by Chinner.

Check out photos from the event here.

Buck Tour 2014

Volcom Buck Tour 2014

Buck Tour 2014 – Presented by Volcom South Africa in Association with NSA & OSP

It’s almost time for the yearly F#*k the Buck Skate tour to Skatelab, George! The tour is the longest running skate contest in South Africa. This is the 14th one!

This time around there will be a 7th stop added as part of the Kimberley Diamond Cup campaign.

A R6000 prize purse and loads of product giveaways by Volcom are up for grabs.
The winner gets an AM division Wildcard entry to the Kimberley Diamond Cup.

See you there!

Schedule:
10am: Skate 4 Hope Clinic
11:30am: Warm Ups
12pm: Competition Registration
1pm: Competition Starts
3pm: Best Trick Competition
3:30pm: Free Skate
4pm: Prize Giving

Facebook Event Link

MIDWAY MAYHEM VIDEO 2

Midway Mayhem Rider Cup and Am Street Finals

Featuring Revolution team riders Byron Rhoda and Jean-Marc Johannes, and TK Modise, Keerin Noah, Jean Gerber, Brad Balie, Justin Adonis, Toufeeq Raubenheimer, Ofentse Ramakanye, Alan Marola, Evan Binge, Khulu Dlamini, Leon Bester, Brendan Jack Dyamond, Brandon Valjalo, Shuaib Philander, Allan Adams, Pieter Retief, Braxton Haine, Kanya Spani, Dlamini Dlamini, Yann Horowitz, and Khule Ngubane.

Filmed and edited by Matt Lesch.

MIDWAY MAYHEM 2014 VIDEO

A video featuring the Women’s Street, Am Vert and Am Street Qualifiers divisions from Midway Mayhem. Featuring Revolution team riders Byron Rhoda and Trae Rice.

Filmed and edited by Matt Lesch.

MORE MIDWAY MAYHEM PHOTOS

Shuaib Philander Dwayne ErasmusShuaib Philander

All photos by Dwayne Erasmus.

Check out some more photos and the final results here.

Alan Adams at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusAlan Adams

Brendan Jack Dyamond at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusBrendan Jack Dyamond

Brendan Jack Dyamond at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusBrendan Jack Dyamond

Bryce Rheeder at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusBryce Rheeder

Byron Rhoda at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusByron Rhoda

Damien Bramley at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusDamien Bramley

Dlamini Dlamini at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusDlamini Dlamini

Evan Binge at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusEvan Binge

Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne Erasmus

John Bongi Manyala at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusJohn Bongi Manyala

Leon Bester at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusLeon Bester

T Kay Modise at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusT Kay Modise

T Kay Modise at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusT Kay Modise

Tian van Rensburg at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTian van Rensburg

Trae Rice at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTrae Rice

Trae Rice at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTrae Rice

Tyler Kammies at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTyler Kammies

Yann Horowitz at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusYann Horowitz

MIDWAY MAYHEM PHOTO GALLERY

Byron Rhoda at Midway Mayhem

All photos by Grant Mclachlan.

The Kimberley Diamond Cup Midway Mayhem Contest took place on the 8th of March at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Plaza skatepark. Grant Mchlachlan was there to snap some photos…

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

Midway Mayhem Grant McLachlan

The final results:

Am Street Finals:
1. Khule Ngubane
2. Dlamini Dlamini
3. Yann Horowitz

Rider Cup:
1. Get It (Yann Horowitz, Dlamini Dlamini, Kanya Spani, Pieter Retief)
2. Scumbags (Jean-Marc Johannes, Braxton Haine, Khule Ngubane, Brandon Valjalo)
3. Titties (Brandon Jack Dyamond, Joshua Chrisholm, Khulu Dlamini, Anthony de Mendonca)
4. Magosho’s (Shaun Burger, Alan Morola, Anton Roux, Bevan Richards)
5. 20Sk8 (Shuaib Philander, Ryan Naidoo, Wesley Schroeder, Toufeeq Reubenheimer)
5. Skateboard (Jean Gerber, George van Blerk, Brandon Ramos, Chris Nderity)
6. G1Three (Stuart Walker, Evan Binge, Dennis Collins, Bryce Rheeder)
7. You Ma Tean (Martin Kotze, Brad Bailie, Theo Setsetse, Jaden Klaasen)
8. Wills Ducks (Will Meleng, Will Jenkins, Tlotlo Apples, Siphiwe Kheshwa)
9. Chesa-Nyama (Trae Rice, OJ Ramakanye, Bryce Rheeder, TK Modise)
10. George (Luke Goliath, Quinton Mooiman, Byron Rhoda, Nico Ludek)
11. Stoned (Quinty Robertson, Kennetu Basyan, Monde Mqumbisa, Kenneth Shimabukuro)

Am Vert Finals:
1. Werner Du Plesis
2. Graeme Dunoon
3. Terry Sharman
4. Louie Pixioto
5. Evan Binge
6. Damian Bramley

Women’s Street Finals:
1. Kelly Murry
2. Boipelo Awuah
3. Natalie Bramley
4. Saniya Smith
5. Shannel Oliver
6. Nabila Smith

KDC Midway Mayhem Grand Slam

ANDREW NERO INTERVIEW

Andrew Nero

How did you first get into skateboarding? What keeps you interested?

I got into skateboarding around the end of 1999 at age 12. A female friend of mine was rolling around the Strand Lifesaving Club parking lot one afternoon and I grabbed her board, rolled around a bit but pretty much fell in love within the first two minutes, trying to ride up a bank and over an edge. I couldn’t believe such a small obstacle could stop me dead and ever since then I have seen the world around me through skater’s eyes, wanting to ride and conquer the streets around me. Skating to me is the sickest form of expression and freedom. I’m no artist, so this is my way of getting out and doing what I want, how and when I want to do it. Go FAST, skate whatever is around you and enjoy every bit of every session no matter how good or bad your day has been.

Tell us about Africa Skate

Around March 2010 I started sharing a ton of skate content on Facebook. This quickly morphed into creating a WordPress blog called AfricaSkateNet and after 10 months or so I bought the web domain AfricaSkate.com. The idea being to share national, African and international skateboarding-based or related content from an online hub for all to see. Little exposure is given to the small communities around SA and Africa, so Africa Skate is a platform to share insights, events, news, skate happenings and a huge motivation for us to keep going and growing. It’s not just myself running the site and events, but a group of skaters, filmers and photographers that have been involved in the SA skate scene for years. There is so much capacity for growth in the African skateboarding scene so I really encourage people from across the nation and up into Africa to drop us an email, link to a video or even a few photo’s and words from their skate scene so we can get you some exposure.

Find us online, send us an email or Facebook message, tag us in a photo or video:

Website
Email: info@africaskate.com
Instagram: @AfricaSkate
Twitter: @africaskate
Facebook

Andrew NeroPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

And Go Skate Cape?

GSC started out in February of 2011 as a local skate get-together. The idea being to host a local event for skaters at a different location around the Cape Peninsula on the last Sunday of every month from 12pm to 4pm. This got skaters from a bunch of communities together for a fun afternoon of skating and the chance to pick up some product by simply being there and having some fun. We always have photographers and filmers at each spot to cover the event and do a post event re-cap via the site. Check out the last Go Skate Cape event we held at Edgemead.

What do you think about the state of skateboarding in South Africa?

Right now the SA skate scene is thriving and growing at a rapid pace. Our scene has gone through many ups and downs over the past decades but it’s in a good space at present and getting better. Best aspects: seeing so many youngsters; boys and girls from all backgrounds picking up boards and skating whatever there is around them to skate. The progression and skill development is monumental. Worst: skaters expecting to get given product and provided with parks/skate spots.

What do you think we could do to improve it?

Educate, encourage and incentivise the youth to get them rolling and creating self-sustainable skate communities, and become part of the national and global skate scene. The skaters need to know it’s up to them to help build the scene from the ground up and not to expect hand-outs from anyone.

You’ve been in Jeffreys Bay for a while now. What were you doing there?

I’m living in Jefferys Bay till December doing some work with the Christian skaters and surfers. By the time you get to read this I’ll have just come back from a series of events that I had been managing and assisting with. We hit towns like Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Jefferys Bay, Port Alfred and East London running events, skating and surfing with locals at their local spots.

Andrew Nero

What was your involvement with the Kimberley Diamond Cup?

I’ve been working alongside Chinner in setting up and managing the KDC website and social media online. This year’s event went down incredibly well despite the short time-frame we had in planning. I’m pleased to be a part of what KDC and Skate for Hope are doing within the SA skate scene, and are continuing to do.

Any future plans?

Keep rolling, working and to keep helping the growth of African Skateboarding both online, on the ground with the homies through events and in any way I can.

Shout outs?

I got to give it up to my parents, family and the Lord Jesus for keeping my passion going for so long. I’m truly blessed and hyped to be skateboarding almost every day as well as earning a living through skateboarding. BIG UP to my homies and African skaters from across this amazing continent as well as the companies that have backed myself or Africa Skate in any way! Thanks to Revolution for hooking me up with shoes and boards. Clayton you’re the man!

Support Local African Skateboarding

Andrew Nero

Andrew Nero

Andrew Nero

All photos: Andre Visser

KDC AM STREET FINALS 2013

KDC Am Street Video Recap

The Kimberley Diamond Cup Am Street Finals took place on September 29, 2013.

Skaters in order of appearance: Yann Horowitz, Kanya Spani, Justus Kotze, Anthony De Mendonca, Ofentse Ramakanya, Adam Woolf, Martin Stoffberg, Jean Marc Johannes, Stefan Jacobs, Byron Rhoda, Wesley Schroeder, Ryan Naidoo, Pieter Retief, Khulu Dlamini, Alan Marola, Trae Rice, Warrick Delport, Khule Ngubane, Mitchell Rice, and Braxton Haine.

Filmed and edited by Chinner.

Song: “One Way” by Black Them Boots.

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PHOTO GALLERY 4

Braxton Haine Backside LipslideBraxton Haine – Backside Lipslide

Byron Rhoda Frontside 180Byron Rhoda – Frontside 180

Byron Rhoda Frontside LipslideByron Rhoda – Frontside Lipslide

Byron Rhoda KickflipByron Rhoda – Kickflip

Kids repping RevolutionKids repping Revolution

Dlamini Dlamini Frontside FlipDlamini Dlamini – Frontside Flip

Evan Smith Gap to boardslideEvan Smith – Gap to Boardslide

Evan Smith K GrindEvan Smith – K Grind

Evan Smith Kickflip over railEvan Smith – Kickflip over rail

Felipe Gustavo Switch Fronside FlipFelipe Gustavo – Switch Frontside Flip

Justus Kotze Backside SmithJustus Kotze – Backside Smith

Justus Kotze CrailslideJustus Kotze – Crailslide

Justus Kotze Frontside 5 0Justus Kotze – Frontside 5 0

Justus Kotze K GrindJustus Kotze – K Grind

Kanya Spani Backside SmithKanya Spani – Backside Smith

Louie Lopez Backside Smith Kickflip OutLouie Lopez Backside – Smith Kickflip Out

Louie Lopez Backside FlipLouie Lopez – Backside Flip

Nyjah Huston Kickflip Backside 50Nyjah Huston – Kickflip Backside 50

Nyjah Huston Switch Frontside SmithNyjah Huston – Switch Frontside Smith

Ryan Naidoo Frontside 5 0Ryan Naidoo – Frontside 5 0

Ryan Naidoo K GrindRyan Naidoo – K Grind

Trevor Colden Frontside LipslideTrevor Colden – Frontside Lipslide

All photos by Dwayne Erasmus.

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PHOTO GALLERY 3

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

Pro Street WinnersPro Street Winners

Nyjah SigningNyjah Signing

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Free stuffFree stuff

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

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Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

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Vert Pro WinnersVert Pro Winners

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

Nyjah HustonNyjah Huston

All photos courtesy of Grant Mclachlan / Monster Energy

KDC SOUTH AFRICAN AM STREET RESULTS

Braxton Haine

Congrats to Braxton Haine, who won the Kimberley Diamond Cup South African Am Street Skateboarding Championships, and to Khule Ngubane and Mitchell Rice, who came second and third, respectively.

Results:

1: Braxton Hane. Age: 19. Sponsors: Quiksilver, Nike SB. From: Durban, South Africa. Score: 171.05.
2: Khule Ngubane. Age: 19. Sponsors: DC, Plan B Skateboards, Nixon, Monster, True Bearings. From: Durban, South Africa. Score: 166.81.
3: Mitchell Rice. Age: 22. Sponsors: KFD, Iron Fist, Jaded Ink. From: Johannesburg, South Africa. Score: 157.15.
4: Warrick Delport. Age: 23. Score: 156.77.
5: Anthony De Mendonca. Age: 23. Sponsors: Volcom Army, Blue Ten Caps, Nike SB (Flow). From: Johansburgm South Africa. Score: 155.97.
6: Jean-Marc Johannes. Age: 22. Sponsors: Red Bull, Almost Skateboards, Globe footwear, Volcom, Nixon, Revolution. From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 149.73.
7: Kanya Spani. Age: 22. Sponsors: Nike SB, Element, Baseline, Dope Industries. From: Durban, South Africa. Score: 147.25.
8: Byron Rhoda. Age: 20. Sponsors: Revolution. From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 146.28.
9: Justus Kotze. Age: 26. Sponsors: Fallen, KFD Skateboards, LRG Clothing, Killer Trucks, Oakley Sunglasses. From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 144.86.
10: Adam Woolf. Age: 24. Sponsors: Volcom, Verb Skateboards, Monster. From: Johannesburg, South Africa. Score: 139.97.
11: Alan Marola. Age: 27. Sponsors: Volcom South Africa, DC, Forgive Skateboards. From: South Africa. Score: 136.35.
12: Stefan Jacobs. Age: 15. Sponsors: Vans, Push Skateboarding. From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 135.38.
13: Ryan Naidoo. Age: 23. Sponsors: KFD Skateboards, Etnies, Revolution. From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 134.48.
14: Yann Horowtiz. Score: 128.76.
15: Pieter Retief. Age: 25. Sponsors: Adidas, Funisu Skateboards. From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 127.22.
16: Martin Stoffberg. Age: 22. Sponsors: Monster, Technique, Mallaz Customs. From: Durban, South Africa. Score: 120.66.
17: Khulu Dlamini. Age: 23. Sponsors: Adidas, RVCA, Brixton, Plan B. From: Durban, South Africa. Score: 117.62.
18: Samuel Vider. Age: 18. From: Johannesburg, South Africa. Score: 117.55.
19: Ofentse Ramakanye. Age: 21. Sponsors: Home Grwn, Dirtbag, Etnies, Levi’s. From: Johannesburg, South Africa. Score: 111.94.
20: Trae Rice. Age: 19. Sponsors: Revolution (flow), Desolated. From: Johannesburg, South Africa. Score: 98.75.
21: Evan Binge. Age: 22. Sponsors: G1 Three. From: Pretoria, South Africa. Score: 97.61.
22: Wesley Schroeder. Age: 23. Sponsors: Vans. From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 96.79.
23: Justin Adonis. Age: 20. Sponsors: Gnarley Headwear, Zoo York (flow). From: Cape Town, South Africa. Score: 84.43.
24: Stuart Walker. Age: 24. From: Pretoria, South Africa. Score: 73.2.

Images courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

NYJAH HUSTON WINS KDC PRO STREET

Nyjah Huston Wins Kimberley Diamond Cup Street Skateboarding World Championships

Nyjah Huston wins the Street Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup World Championship of Skateboarding in Kimberley, South Africa. Trick highlights from Nyjah include: Backside 270 Lipslide and Backside 270 Noseblunt Slide, Nollie Heelflip Backside Lipslide and Switch Frontside Bluntslide down the 4-block handrail.

Felipe Gustavo switch bs tailslide and Nyjah Huston flip fs board

Nyjah Huston
1st: Nyjah Huston
Age: 18
From: Huntington Beach, CA

Felipe Gustavo
2nd: Felipe Gustavo
Age: 22
From: Brazil

Louie Lopez
3rd: Louie Lopez
Age: 18
From: Hawthorne CA

Manny Santiago
4th: Manny Santiago
Age: 28
From: Lowell MA


5th: Alec Majerus
Age: 18
From: Rochester MN

Trevor Colden
6th: Trevor Colden
Age: 19
From: Virginia Beach VA


7th: Matt Berger
Age: 19
From: BC Canada

Ryan Decenzo
8th: Ryan Decenzo
Age: 27
From: Vancouver B.C. Canada


9th: Micky Papa
Age: 23
From: Vancouver BC


10th: Evan Smith
Age: 22
From: Orlando FL


11th: Yuri Facchini
Age: 17
From: Parana Brazil


12th: Tommy Fynn
Age: 24
From: Brisbane Australia

Images courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

KDC HOOD TO HOOD TEAM SKATE CHAMPS

The Hood to Hood Finals brought out 4-person teams, featuring SA’s best skaters for a head to head single elimination jam format competition. Teams were chosen via online video entry, Hood to Hood Qualifiers at Boogaloos Grand Slam events in CPT, DBN, and JHB, along with the last minute qualifiers at KDC on Wednesday, bringing in the wildcard team, “Here by Chance” to the brackets.

With R25k first place prize on the line, we saw skating that was equally as gnarly as the pros from several of the skaters. In particular, “The Scumbags” and “The Woolf’s” brought the heat and took no prisoners. We saw several kickflip front board attempts from JHB young gun Brandon Valjalo in the first two rounds, and after several attempts with no luck along with a “contest make”, he pulled it just in time for the buzzer in the finals. The Woolf’s and Anthony De Mendonca also held it down for their crew. Adam Woolf pulled a kickflip back lip and several kickflips over the 4 block rail and his brother was backing him up with front salads and front nosegrinds down the 4 stair rail every try. Anthony’s flawless skating definitely complimented the rest of the team’s flow and landed “The Woolf’s and Two Other Dudes” 2nd place and R10000, respectively. Emcee Jeff Pang renamed ”Here by Chance” to “Beer by Chance”, but it was for sure that rounds were to be bought by HBC when they took out the Dope/Plankie team, landing them in 3rd place and R5000.

“The Scumbags” blew minds in Durban at the Hood to Hood Qualifiers, putting on a full-on demo, earning them a spot in the Hood to Hood Championships at KDC. There was some stiff competition, especially from The Woolf’s, but it was almost obvious from the beginning of the contest who was going to win. Dlamini’s frontside flips over the 4 stair rail, Braxton’s back noseblunts, Jean Marc’s kickflip melon’s combined with Khule’s consistency landed them the gold and R25000 in cash.

Results:

1st – The Sumbags (R25000)
Khule Ngubane
Braxton Haine
Dlamini Dlamini
Jean Marc Johannes

2nd – Woolf’s and Two Other Dudes (R10000)
Brandon Valjalo
Anthony De Mendonca
Adam Woolf
David Woolf

3rd – Here by Chance (R5000)
Andrew Nero
Grant McLachlan
Bryce Rheeder
Damon De Clercq

Jean Marc JohannesJean Marc Johannes

Mitchell RiceMitchell Rice

Dlamini DlaminiDlamini Dlamini

Jean Marc JohannesJean Marc Johannes

Anthony de MendoncaAnthony de Mendonca

Anthony de MendoncaAnthony de Mendonca

The ScumbagsThe Scumbags

Images courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com.

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP BIG AIR BEST TRICK

Congrats to Jagger Eaton, who won the Kimberley Diamond Cup Big Air Mini-Mega Best Trick with a 360 Flip and Backside Flip, both first try.

RESULTS:

Jagger Eaton – 360 flip and bs flip – R50 000
Jono Schwan – bs 360 heelflip varial – R30 000
Andy Macdonald – varial lien air – R 20000

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PHOTO GALLERY 2

Adam Woolf 360 FlipAdam Woolf 360 Flip

Winners of Kimberley Diamond Cup Hood to Hood CompetitionWinners of Kimberley Diamond Cup Hood to Hood Competition

Uri Rubin Smith GrindUri Rubin Smith Grind

Khule Nollie NosegrindKhule Nollie Nosegrind

Khule Backside LipslideKhule Backside Lipslide

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Brendon Kickflip Frontside BoardslideBrendon Kickflip Frontside Boardslide

All photos courtesy of Grant Mclachlan / Monster Energy

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Manny Santiago 360 Shuvit Lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanManny Santiago – 360 Shuvit Lipslide

Andy Macdonald Photo by Grant MclachlanAndy Macdonald

Evan Smith Fakie 360 Disaster Photo by Grant MclachlanEvan Smith – Fakie 360 Disaster

Even Photo by Grant MclachlanEven

Girls Am Winners Photo by Grant MclachlanGirls Am Winners

Photo by Grant Mclachlan

Manny Santiago Nollie Flip 50 Photo by Grant MclachlanManny Santiago – Nollie Flip 50

Nyjah Huston 360 flip lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – 360 Flip Lipslide

Nyjah Huston Fakie 270 Nose Blunt Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Fakie 270 Nose Bluntslide

Nyjah Huston Nollie Backside Flip Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Nollie Backside Flip

Nyjah Huston Kickflip Backside 270 lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Kickflip Backside 270 Lipslide

Nyjah Huston Nollie Flip Backside Lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Nollie Flip Backside Lipslide

Nyjah Huston Switch Heelflip Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Switch Heelflip

SA Am Vert Winners Photo by Grant MclachlanSA Am Vert Winners

Sam Beckett Photo by Grant MclachlanSam Beckett

Sam Beckett Photo by Grant MclachlanSam Beckett

Uri Chilling Photo by Grant MclachlanUri Chilling

Vert Am Chilling After Comp Photo by Grant MclachlanVert Am Chilling After Comp

Dallas Oberholzer Vert Am Winner Photo by Grant MclachlanDallas Oberholzer – Vert Am Winner

Photos by Grant Mclachlan / Monster Energy

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PRO WARMUPS

Evan Smith, Manny Santiago, and Nyjah Huston warming up on Thursday evening at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. The level these guys are at is insane, and they’re just warming up.

Nyjah switch smith, switch front blunt, backside 360 lipslide… all first go. Seriously?!

Filmed and edited by Chinner.

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP WOMEN STREET AND AM VERT RESULTS

AM VERT RESULTS

The KDC SA Vert Am brought out SA’s best vert skaters to Kimberley to compete for R20000 in cash prizes. It was really anybody’s game, but Dallas came through at the last minute and blew minds with a few of his runs, allowing him to run off with R10000 cash.

1st: Dallas Oberholzer (R10000)
2nd: Jacques Allison (R5000)
3rd: Werner du Plessis (R3000)
4th: Graham Denoon (R1000)
5th: Terry Sharman (R1000)

WOMENS STREET RESULTS

The KDC Women’s Street Contest brought out several of SA’s best girl skaters to skate for R20000 in cash. Kelly Murray that took the R10000 first place cash prize. Thanks to everyone who made it out and helped to be a part of progressing women’s skateboarding in South Africa.

1st: Kelly Murray (R10000)
2nd: Melissa Willams (R5000)
3rd: Natalie Bramley (R3000)
4th: Nolene Liebenburg (R1000)
5th: Boipelo Awuah (R1000)

All Photos: Rudi Jeggle.

KDC LIVE WEBCAST

SATURDAY – 28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Live Webcast 4:30pm – 6pm & Live TV from 4:30pm – 6pm South African Standard Time:

10am – 1pm: Open Street Practice

12pm – 4:30pm: Big Air Practice

1pm – 4pm: Street World Championship Qualifiers

36 Skaters

12 Jams

3 skaters per Jam

Course split into 2 sections with middle hubba area being part of both sections

3 minute Jams

4 minutes in between each Jam

Skaters judged on overall impression

Top 12 skaters advance to Finals with 1st through 4th getting a first round bye

Overall time is 2 hours and 48 minutes

4pm – 4:30pm: Concert – details TBD

4:30pm – 6pm: Big Air Finals and Awards

12 skaters – same as Vert skaters

2 Jams

6 skaters per Jam, skate in order

8 runs, best counts

5 minutes in between each Jam

50% of score, Vert is other 50%

Overall time is 58 minutes

SUNDAY – 29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Live Webcast 4:30pm – 6:30pm & Live TV 4:30pm – 6:30pm South African Standard Time

10am – 12pm: Open Street Practice

12pm – 2pm: South African Am Street

24 Skaters

6 Jams

4 skaters per Jam

Course split into 2 sections with middle hubba area being part of both sections

4 minute Jams

4 minutes in between each Jam

Skaters judged on overall impression

Overall time is 1 hour and 46 minutes

Prizes for top 3

3pm – 4pm: Big Air Gap Best Trick

Same skaters as Vert and Big Air

20 minute Jam

Not judged in conjunction with Big Air and Vert

3pm – 4:30pm: Street World Championship Practice

4:30pm – 6:30pm: Street World Championship Finals and Awards

12 Skaters in head to head Jams using the entire course

4 minute Jams

3 minutes in between each Jam

Final Jam is 5 minutes with 5 minute rest before

Skaters judged on overall impression

Overall time is 1 hour and 20 minutes

Closing Cermonies – details TBD

Street Purse

1st – $100,000

2nd – $40,000

3rd – 4th – $15,000

4th – 8th – $4,500

9th – 13th – $3,000

14th – 20th – $1,500

21st – 24th – $1,000

Vert/Big Air Purse

1st – $60,000

2nd – $30,000

3rd – $20,000

4th – $15,000

5th – $5,000

6th – $3,000

7th – $2,500

8th – $2,500

ROAD LESS TRAVELED VIDEO PREMIERE

Fallen Footwear Road Less Traveled South African Premiere

The South African premiere of Fallen Footwear’s Road Less Traveled video will be at the Kimberley Diamond Cup on Saturday!

Here’s the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/520144328067067/

See you there.

Jimmy hit the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood to harass the industry and take in Fallen’s new skate documentary.

Erica Yary takes you behind the scenes of Fallen Footwear’s “Road Less Traveled” video premiere.

WSGP RIDER CUP TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR KDC

The WSGP/KDC Rider Cup Teams Skateboarding Championships features eight 4-man teams comprised of SA’s best skaters competing in a head-to-head jam format competition on Friday, 27 September at the KDC. Three teams qualified from each of the 3 Boogaloos Grand Slam Rider Cup Qualifiers in CPT, DBN, & JHB securing their spots in the Rider Cup Finals. Additional entries were chosen from a quite large range of video entries that were submitted via our website. Only four teams will advance via online video entry.

Here are the teams that qualified at Rider Cup (formerly All Cities) qualifiers at one of three Grand Slam stops:

RIDER CUP QUALIFIER

Woolf’s and Two Other Dudes (JHB)

Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

1. Adam Woolf
2. David Woolf
3. Brandon Valjalo
4. Anthony De Mendonca

20SK8 (CPT)

Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

1. Wesley Schroeder
2. Shuaib Philander
3. Ryan Naidoo
4. Tofeeq Raubenheimer

Scumbags (DBN)

Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

1. Dlamini Dlamini
2. Khule Ngubane
3. Braxton Haine
4. Jean-Marc Johannes

VIDEO ENTRY QUALIFIERS

Plankie / Dope (CPT)

1. Kanya Spani
2. Joubert van Staden
3. Alan Morola
4. Dyllan Vaughn

Technique (CPT)

1. Warrick Delport
2. Uri Rubin
3. Dean Marais
4. Marcel van der Walt

G13 (PTA)

1. Kufie Kruger
2. Evan Binge
3. Stuart Walker
4. Ruben Els

Streets Crew (CPT)

1. Leon Bester
2. Jaun Smit
3. Pieter Retief
4. Craig Leak

PRO SKATERS IN CAPE TOWN

Media Release

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.

KDC NORTHERN CAPE ADAM DYET AND RYAN DECENZO PRO TOUR

The Boogaloos, NCTA, and DSAC crew traveled the Northern Cape with pro skaters Ryan Decenzo and Adam Dyet doing skateboarding clinics, demonstrations, and skateboard giveaways and spreading African skateboarding. Thanks to to Kumba Iron Ore, Northern Cape Tourism, Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Boogaloos, and Ryan Decenzo and Adam Dyet for making this trip possible!

Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

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Photo courtesy of kimberleydiamondcup.com

Other useful Kimberley Diamond Cup Links

Kimberley Diamond Cup Tickets

Events Schedule

Camping and accomodation

Saturday Night Concert

Cape Town Bus

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP AM STREET

Below is the list of skaters that will be competing in the SA Amateur Street Competition at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. Competing skaters consist of eight skaters that won Wildcard entries from one of several Boogaloos Skate for Hope Tour competitions around the country and the KDC Choice list of SA’s best skaters. The KDC Am accommodates 24 skaters total, so only 5 skaters will advance from the open qualifiers in Kimberley.

Wildcard – The following skaters have already qualified to skate the KDC Am at a Skate for Hope Tour stop:
Khule Ngubane
Anthony de Mendonca
Trae Rice
Stuart Walker
Samuel Vider
Warrick Delport
Alan Marola
Evan Binge

KDC Choice – The following skaters do not have to skate the KDC qualifiers and are automatically entered into the KDC Am:
Jean Marc Johannes
Braxton Haine
Justus Kotze
Kanya Spani
Mitchell Rice
Simon Stipcich
Adam Woolf
Khulu Dlamini
Charyl Steyn
Wes Schroeder
Yann Horowitz

Only 5 skaters will advance from the open qualifiers at the KDC Am. Will you be one of them?

See you there!

DECENZO AND DYET SKATE FOR HOPE

Top professional skateboarders Ryan Decenzo and Adam Dyet will be joining the Skateboarding for Hope Tour in the Northern Cape Province in the lead-up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American. The world championship skateboarding event will take place in the capital city of Kimberley from 27-29 September and the best skateboarders in the world are expected to battle it out for the vert and street titles as well as a share in the price purse of more than R5 million.

These two skaters will be joining the community outreach initiative to take part in skateboarding clinics and demonstrations in Kathu, Kuruman and Kimberley. The activations form part of the joint initiative between the Northern Cape provincial government and Kumba Iron Ore to introduce novice skateboarders in impoverished communities to the joy of skateboarding.

This will be Decenzo’s second trip to South Africa after he narrowly missed out on the world championship title in Kimberley last year. He recently took the first place at the Kia World Games hosted in China in June. Dyet was a bronze medallist at the X Games and will be a first-time visitor to the country.

According to Tim McFerran of World Skateboarding Grand Prix, it is very exciting to have such accomplished skateboarders joining a part of the road show. “They are amazingly talented skateboarders and it is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters in the Northern Cape to learn basic skateboarding skills from the best in the world. I am confident that Ryan and Adam will show off all their tricks during the demonstrations and that this will further inspire a new generation of skateboarders throughout the province. Skateboarding enthusiasts will also be able to get a sneak preview of what can be expected during the three days of non-stop skateboarding action at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley next weekend,” mentions McFerran.

The Skateboarding for Hope Tour stops include:
– Postmasburg town hall – 20 September from 11h00 – 15h00
– Kalahari Country Club, Kathu – 21 September from 10h00 – 11h00
– Kuruman Skate Park – 22 September from 12h00
– Green Point Township, Kimberley – 24 September
– Kumba Skate Plaza, Kimberley – 25 September at 15h00

Yvonne Mfolo, executive head of public affairs at Kumba Iron Ore is proud of the company’s association with the Skateboarding for Hope initiative through their support of the Kimberley Diamond Cup. “As a company we seek to support projects and initiatives that make a real difference in the communities in which we operate. As part of our robust community engagement and development programme we run throughout the Northern Cape, the Kimberly Diamond Cup and the Skateboarding for Hope initiative are aligned with this philosophy. We are proud of the value it has provided to communities throughout the Northern Cape, especially the impact it has had in promoting a positive lifestyle to the youth of the province.

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP AM VERT AND WOMENS STREET

The line-up for the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore has been expanded to include a women’s amateur street contest as well as an amateur vert contest. Both competitions will take place at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley on Thursday, 26 September, and are guaranteed to further boost the growth of skateboarding in the country.

The introduction of these two contests has been met with huge enthusiasm by the skateboarding fraternity. According to Mike Koroczynsky, facility director at the skate plaza, street contests for girls and vert contests are two genres of competitive skateboarding that often take the back seat during South African competitions. “We are hyped to be able to create an opportunity for these genres to grow even more and plan to include women’s street and vert skating in all Kimberley Diamond Cup related competitions in future. I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Jacques Allison of Vert.co.za and he is really pushing the progression of vert skateboarding in South Africa. I’m stoked that he’ll be traveling to Kimberley to compete in the contest,” mentions Koroczynsky.

Allison agrees that vert skateboarding in South Africa has really been an underground event until recently. “Skating on a big ramp is not as easy as taking your skateboard to the street and having a nice afternoon session. You really need a ramp to have some vert fun. Since building a vert ramp in Midrand in 2010 to improve our skills and further fuel our passion for vert skating, we have noticed the return of old-school vert ramp skaters during our training sessions on Sunday. This is really exciting and it looks as if everyone is putting on some pads to conquer the vert wall and drop the ramp. We’ve already seen renewed interest in vert skating and some exciting developing vert skaters showing great potential,” explains Allison.

Melissa Williams from Cape Town is considered a legend in the female skateboarding community and is extremely excited about girl power coming to the Kimberley Diamond Cup. “Through the years, I have been speaking to many girls, who were really hyped to skate but were too nervous to check it out, probably because it is such a male dominated sport. With more government skate parks opening up and the introduction of a girls’ contest in Kimberley, it feels as if there is finally a more comfortable and welcoming environment for girls to get into skating. It’s the best to see young girls hanging out and kind of being proud rather than afraid.”

Durban skater girl Bexx Sneddon is amped about the addition of a girls’ competition and reckons this is the only way to get more girls into skateboarding. She has noticed a distinctive growth of girl skaters and reckons that Gauteng-based skaters like Kelly Murray, Angie Schultz and Chanelle Olivier as well as the Cape Town team Boobs & Skateboards are taking it to a new level.

For more information, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter and Facebook.

PRO STREET SKATERS ANNOUNCED FOR KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP

With a High Adrenaline Head-to-Head Jam Format, Pros Get Ready to Battle for World Championship Title and $100,000 First Place Prize

(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2013) – The street lineup for the 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore was announced today. The best pro street skaters from around the world will battle it out in Kimberley, South Africa Sept. 27-29 for a world championship title and their share of a $500,000 prize purse, the largest single event prize purse in skateboarding. The winner of the Street Championships will receive a $100,000 cash prize.

The 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup pro street competitors include:

Youness Amrani
Mike Anderson
Curren Caples
Lucas Carvalho
Danny Cerezini
Trevor Colden
Jack Curtain
Ryan Decenzo
Adam Dyet
Tommy Fynn
Felipe Gustavo
James Hardy
Wes Kremer
Rodrigo Leal
Louie Lopez
Greg Lutzka
Alec Majerus
Alexandre Massotti
Nick Merlino
Silas Baxter Neal
Manny Santiago
Evan Smith
Rodrigo TX

This roster is insane,” said Pro Skater Greg Lutzka. “To bring all these guys together in South Africa, with a world championship title and a huge prize purse, it’s gonna be an intense contest. The head-to-head jam format means lots of action, and lots of crazy tricks are gonna get thrown. This is one contest where I almost wish I could just watch because I know it’s going to be insane. But that $100,000 prize is way too big to pass up, so I’ll definitely be hitting it hard and going all out.

The Kimberley Diamond Cup Street Championships will take place in the Kumba Skate Plaza on a custom designed street course designed by California Skateparks, the global leader in skatepark design. The contest will be broadcast live in South Africa, and then around the world in 173 countries and 367 million homes.

To see such a diverse group of skaters represented at a single event is pretty remarkable,” said Ryan Clements of CA PROductions, part of the event management team and one of the announcers of the Kimberley Diamond Cup. “The contest will be using a head-to head jam format, which is a great way to get the skaters to push their limits and literally battle it out, giving everything they’ve got. It’s going to be an incredible contest to watch with nonstop shredding from beginning to end. This is a huge prize in the skateboarding world, with $100,000 cash up for grabs, the skating is going to be insane. And to get to do it all in South Africa is just incredible. I can’t wait to see how it all goes down!

The buildup to the Kimberley Diamond Cup will include two pro tours consisting of some of the top pros in the industry. One pro tour will start in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg and each tour will work its way to Kimberley, with the pros giving skate clinics, demos, autograph signings and building excitement for the world championships in the small townships along the way.

Kimberley Diamond Cup replaces the Maloof Money Cup world championships, which ended its run in South Africa last year. The new event, a partnership between the Northern Cape Provincial Government, World Skateboarding Grand Prix, and Kumba Iron Ore, was named in homage to the host city’s history as the location of South Africa’s first diamond mine and its distinction as “The Diamond City.”

South Africa has experienced a skateboarding movement over the last few years and the Kimberley Diamond Cup is the most highly anticipated event of the year,” said John Block, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. “This year’s contest has the largest number of skaters and the biggest names of any skate event we’ve ever hosted. The hotels in Kimberley are already at capacity and the anticipation is growing every day. Luckily fans won’t have to wait much longer. We’re excited to host this incredible event and see history made.

For the latest news and information, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter and Facebook.

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP ALL CITIES COMPETITION

Kimberley Diamond Cup All Cities Content

It’s time for the Kimberley Diamond Cup and we’re giving SA’s best skaters the chance to shine this September at the All Cities contest.

Eight 4-man teams featuring the country’s best skaters will compete for cash prizes and the All Cities title this September in a single-elimination head-to-head jam format skate competition at the Kimberley Skate Plaza. If you aren’t able to travel to compete at one of our Grand Slam events in JHB, DBN, or CPT, there’s no need to stress. You still have a chance to qualify online via video entry. The best three videos that make the cut will win a slot in the All Cities competition at the Kimberley Diamond Cup on 27th September and a shot at the All Cities title.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 20th September so send in your team’s entry today!

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
Teams must consist of 4 skaters only
As long as skaters are a resident of South Africa, there is no limit to the status of competing skaters regarding professional, amateur, or sponsored.
Videos must be approximately 1-2 minutes in length featuring all team members
Music in the videos is optional. Production value won’t hurt or help your chances of getting chosen, but taking the extra time to put together a clip that’s easy on the eyes is always great to see.
Footage may be comprised of street and/or park skating. A little variety won’t hurt.
Please keep skating first and foremost and keep the hijinx limited. You can save the party footage for another project; we don’t want to see it.

Skaters will be assigned to skate different parts of the street course:

Tech Section: Big section and everything on the right side of the course including the Euro gap, 3 stair, and bank to ledge.
Small Section: Marble ledges, manual pad, and flat bar located at the front of the skatepark.
Medium Section: Big section and everything on the left side of the course including the A-Frame, quarterpipe, and 5 stair section.
Big Section: Big 4 stair along with handrails and hubba ledges only.

*Teams do not win an all-expenses-paid trip or accommodation. The three winning videos simply secure their spot in the All Cities Contest.

Deadline for submissions is 20th September, so send your submission now! Good luck!

Enter HERE.

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PRO ANNOUNCEMENT 1

Kimberley Diamond Cup have announced the Vert Pros coming out for the event, which is happening from 27 – 29 September. They’ll be competing for World Championship Title and Vert Skateboarding’s Largest Prize Purse.

The list so far:
Pierre Luc Gagnon (PLG)
Elliot Sloan
Mitchie Brusco
Andy MacDonald
Ronaldo Gomes
Jimmy Wilkins
Marcelo Bastos
Jono Schwan
Adam Taylor

(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 4, 2013) – The pro vert lineup for the 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore was announced today. The world championship contest, taking place in Kimberley, South Africa from 27 – 29 September, will feature the best professional street and vert skateboarders from around the world competing for a shot at a world championship title and their share of the $500,000 US prize purse, the largest single-event prize purse in skateboarding.

Kimberley Diamond Cup replaces the Maloof Money Cup world championships, which ended its run in South Africa last year. The new event, a partnership between the Northern Cape Provincial Government, World Skateboarding Grand Prix, and Kumba Iron Ore, was named in homage to the host city’s history as the location of South Africa’s first diamond mine and its distinction as “The Diamond City.”

The Kimberley Diamond Cup Vert Championships will take place on a custom vert ramp and a big air ramp located in the state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza designed by California Skateparks, the global leader in skate park design. The top cash prize for vert is $60,000, the largest in the industry, with an additional $10,000 up for grabs in the Best Trick contest.

I’m really looking forward to competing in the Kimberley Diamond Cup, this will be my third trip to South Africa,” said Pro Skater and 17-time X Games medalist Pierre Luc Gagnon. “The management group always hosts the best quality events that really stand out from the rest; not to mention the biggest prize purse in Vert! See you guys out there. Heeeweeego!

I’m looking forward to the Kimberley Diamond Cup. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever. We’ve got more skaters than ever before and they truly represent the best of the skateboarding world,” said Mark Waters, operations manager for World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “This truly is one of the best contest management teams I’ve ever been associated with and I’m looking forward to seeing some mind blowing skating. I can’t wait to watch the vert and big air contests. These guys bring everything they’ve got and watching that event with every skater crowded around always makes for a high intensity contest.

This year’s competition promises to be better than ever. Skate enthusiasts from around the world and across the country are gearing up for an adrenaline-packed contest,” said Patrick Seboko, Head of the Northern Cape’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism. “We have partnered with US-based World Skateboarding Grand Prix, which leads a team of international skate experts who have been responsible for many of the innovations in skateboarding contests over the last six years, including the Maloof Money Cup. The Kimberley Diamond Cup will cement the reputation of Kimberley and the Northern Cape as a world-class skateboarding destination.

CANAL WALK GRAND SLAM RECAP

The Boogaloos Grand Slam went down at Canal Walk Mall in Cape Town on 8th September welcoming thousands of spectators over the course of the day to watch Cape Town’s best skaters battle it out for an R50k total prize purse along with a spot in the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC) Am and KDC All Cities contest.

Skaters in order of appearance: Justin Adonis, Grant McLaughlan, Ruan Saat, Tyler Kammies, Uri Rubin, Ryan Naidoo, Yaboi, Stefan Jacobs, Kippie, MJ Johnson, Enwin Gelant, Chris Walters, Alan Adams, Liam Loughnane, Justus Kotze, Jean Marc Johannes, Khulu Dlamini, Mitchell Rice, Alan Marola, Dlamini Dlamini, Gavin Moses Adams.

Filmed and edited by Matt Lesch

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP GRAND SLAM STONERIDGE

Congrats to our team riders for owning it at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Grand Slam at Stoneridge Skatepark in Johannesburg this past weekend. Anthony De Mendonca came first in the advanced division, with Trae Rice placing second and winning the Wild Card. Anthony, along with David and Adam Woolf, qualified for the KDC All Cities Competition. Kyfie Kruger took the Skaters Choice prize. This was the first of three events building up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup on 27-29 September.

Results:

Advanced
1 – Anthony de Mendonca (R10000)
2 – Trae Rice (R5000)
3 – Brandon Valjalo (R2500)

Best Trick
1 – Joshua Pape (R4000, Hardflip 50-50 down 4 stair hubba)
2 – Adam Woolf (R2000, Axle stall backside 270 on over-vert quarter)
3 – David Woolf (R1500, Alley-oop backside smith on over-vert quarter)
4 – Taylor Sturgess (R500, Backside heelflip 4 stair)

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Trae-2nd-place-pro-division-and-wild-card-winner

Photos by Rudi Jeggle

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP

So it looks like there is in fact something happening in place of the Maloof Money Cup this year, and it’s called the Kimberley Diamond Cup.

Kimberley Diamond Cup will be the name of the new mega international skateboarding event to be staged in the city from 27-29 September 2013, Mr John Block, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Northern Cape announced today.

“This exciting new brand of international competitive skateboarding is a uniquely Northern Cape brand that will also have a presence in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as the province strives to enhance its reputation as an ideal destination for extreme sports and adventure events,” he said. Block added that the skate fans can expect 150 top pro and local skateboarders to participate in the Kimberley Diamond Cup street, vert and mini-mega formats this year.

Mr Patrick Seboko, head of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, revealed that United States-based company World Skateboarding Grand Prix won the tender for staging the Kimberley Diamond Cup and presenting an action-packed 12-month long support programme. This will include three “high octane” street and team Grand Slam skate competitions to be staged in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg each offering a total prize purse of R50 000.00, said Seboko.

Seboko mentioned that World Skateboarding Grand Prix will join hands with South African project management company Pragmatics and international skate event experts to deliver the Kimberley Diamond Cup, Grand Slams and a year-long, fun-filled line-up of skate competitions and other events to take place at the skate plaza in Kimberley.

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is already working with the Northern Cape government, the global skateboarding community and event sponsors to design events and programmes to take competitive and fun skateboarding to new levels in the Northern Cape and South Africa, cited Seboko.

A revitalised Skateboarding for Hope campaign aimed at promoting skateboarding as a positive and easily accessible lifestyle alternative will also see events staged at the newly-built mini-skate parks in Kuruman, De Aar, Upington and Springbok and ten other towns in South Africa, said Block. He added that the Skateboarding for Hope campaign will now incorporate a skater mentorship programme designed to enhance local talent, which is a further sign of the provincial government’s commitment to the youth.

Block stated the Northern Cape Province and Kimberley proved their capability of successfully hosting world-class events. “We have signed up a renowned skateboarding management team and market leaders in competitive skateboarding, all who have been responsible for many of the innovations in world-class skateboarding contests over the last six years,” he said.

The provincial government is confident that owning its own brand of competitive skateboarding will open a number of lucrative opportunities to further stimulate local economic development and the tourism industry in the province, confirmed Block.

For more information, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com and www.experiencenortherncape.com.

A recent newspaper article:

A skateboarding revolution in Kimberley South Africa, part of the international World Skateboarding Grand Prix. World Skateboarding Grand Prix and Kimberley Diamond Cup teaches youth drive and determination to create and pursue personal growth, self-esteem and individuality and the competitive spirit necessary to achieve success and keep kids off the streets and away from crime. Kimberley Diamond Cup is a skateboarding revolution with an adrenaline packed week of events comprised of World Skateboarding’s Grand Prix’s Professional Championship. Leading up to the Professional Competition are the pro tours, the Skateboarding for Hope Tour and clinics. These events snowball into an exciting atmosphere for the local communities with music concerts, prizes and skating paraphernalia that is donated to the local youths. Our goal is to bring skateboarding to communities around the world and work in partnership with local governments and entities to leave permanent skate parks behind.