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.

ISHOD WAIR INTERVIEW

You may not remember Ishod Wair’s amateur days very well, because he pretty much jumped into the pro ranks overnight. As an amateur he took the Maloof Money Cup, and went pro right after. If you’re more impressed by street skills than contest savvy, watch his part in Real Skateboards’ “Since Day One” – and be blown away. His skating earns him countless fans and that fanbase continues to grow as he progresses through each stop in the SLS Nike SB World Tour.

After shredding Stoner Skate Plaza in West LA at a Real Skateboards demo, Wair and I sat down to discuss the difference when Nyjah isn’t there, which stops have been his favorite this season, and how the pros give their input on SLS course design.

Which stops so far this season have been your favorites?

Barcelona and Kansas City. Barcelona because it’s awesome and we were skating sick street spots. Kansas City because of Malto and all his homies, they’re sick. In Kansas City the contest was close to the hotel so you didn’t have to go far for anything, so it was good vibes.

Did you feel any difference in Munich because Nyjah wasn’t there? Was there a sense of relief amongst the other skaters because he wasn’t there?

Everybody was killing it just as hard in Munich and people go for it as hard as they can every time, so I don’t know. It’s not to say that people were going harder because he wasn’t there, because they still skated well when he was there.

You made your first finals appearance in Munich. Do you have an approach for each stop?

I just go and try to skate, and I pretty much hope things fall into place. This time I was more prepared going into the finals. We’d been skating the park for a couple of days and that extra day of skating helps out for sure.

This is your second year in Street League, do you find it difficult to keep up with such a hectic schedule?

I’m having a great time. The scheduling doesn’t bother me necessarily, it’s just that I have less time to go out and street skate. That’s what I do more than skate contests, so it makes it hard when you travel because the days you travel begin really early, so you’re losing time there. I’m also filming a video part right now for the Nike SB Chronicles 2. But it keeps getting pushed back because a lot of us have other obligations and some of us are in Street League, so we need more time.

The next stop is this upcoming weekend in Portland. Have you been there before?

I’ve been there a few times but it’s usually been pretty rainy. I never went there during a good season like spring or summer. I always seem to go there at the end of the year when it’s kind of crummy.

If you were playing SLS Fantasy who would you choose as your top three to win Portland?

Luan Oliveira, Paul Rodriguez and Sean Malto.

Luan’s been impressing you this season?

Yes. Luan impresses me every day. If you skate with him, he’ll impress you no matter what. He’s amazing. He’s OD with it.

What do you like specifically about Street League this year?

I like that you can give your own input on the course to Joe C and he’ll implement the changes. He has plans for the stops and he’ll show them to us and see what we say about them. If you have some good input he’ll do his best to meet those requirements for the next stop.

Have you made any suggestions?

Yes. He’ll bring out the blueprint and show it to you face to face so you can say stuff like, “This looks a little high,” or “This looks a little low.” He cares about the little things.

With three stops left who do you think is taking it all?

Nyjah has the most wins so I would assume he would because he’s the only one with multiple wins. There are three left and since Chris Cole won one I’d say he has a good chance. If Nyjah wasn’t there for the rest of the year I’d say Paul Rodriguez, Luan Oliveria and Sean Malto. All those dudes are contenders. They’re in the top rankings so they’ve got it down.

Interview by Reggie Altema, courtesy of http://streetleague.com/.

BUCK TOUR 2013

Buck Tour starts this Saturday, 13 July 2013.

The yearly F#*k the Buck Skate Tour to George is proudly presented by Volcom. This is the longest running skate contest in South Africa and the 13th year looks to be better than ever. This will also be 7th stop on the Maloof Hope Tour leading up to the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberley from the 27 – 29th September.

2013 sees a R5000 prize purse as well as loads of product hand-outs with the winner getting a Maloof Money Cup wildcard entry to the main event, all expenses paid.

We are also incorporating the Skate for Hope clinic, where 25 kids from More Son Children’s Home will be attending for a action packed day of skating. They will each receive various product hampers / complete skateboards from Maloof Money Cup and a full skate clinic by some professional skateboarders.

Hope to see you all there for the madness!

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