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
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.”
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.
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!