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.

PRO SKATERS IN CAPE TOWN

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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!

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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

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.