Vote for Thrasher’s 2014 SOTY

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2014 Skater of the Year Contender Profiles

Who do you think should win?

Youness Amrani

Youness Amrani
Age: 23
Sponsors: Almost, Nike, Venture, Swiss, Mob, Sml Wheels, Helas, Switch Skate Shop, Skullcandy
Home: Hasselt, Belgium

Louie Barletta

Louie Barletta
Age: 40-ish
Sponsors: enjoi, Globe, Krux, NC boardshop, Bones Swiss, Pig, Mob
Home: San Jose, CA

Blake Carpenter

Blake Carpenter
Age: 22
Sponsors: Toy Machine, Dekline, Independent, AYC, Pig Wheels, Bones Swiss, Bro Style
Home: Long Beach, CA (via Flagler Beach, FL)

Trevor Colden

Trevor Colden
Age: 20
Sponsors: Skate Mental, Nike, Spitfire, Thunder, Mob, Skullcandy, Bones Swiss, Active
Home: LA, CA (via Virginia Beach)

Ryan Decenzo

Ryan Decenzo
Age: 28
Sponsors: Darkstar, Globe, Nixon, Red Bull, RDS, Bones, Arnette, Orion, Kicker, OC Ramps
Home: Huntington Beach, CA (via Vancouver, Canada)

See the rest and vote HERE.

AV21 TRAILER

The trailer for AV21 hitting shelves in December 2013 featuring Yann Horowitz, Braxton Haine, Josh Chisholm, Ryan Naidoo, Trevor Colden, Jagger Eaton, Byron Rhoda, TK Modise, Brendan Jack Dyamond, Kanya Spani and Gavin “Moses” Adams.

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.

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

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.

AMSTERDAMN AM FINALS

Whoa. The level of skateboarding at the Amsterdamn Am blew us away. Watch the video to see why.

Finals results:

1. Nassim Guammaz
2. Jorge Semoes
3. Trevor Colden
4. Youness Amrani