Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships Return October 2-5

Presented by Kumba Iron Ore, the KDC world championships will return to Kimberley, South Africa, October 2-5. The event draws the best skateboarders from around the world to compete for a prize purse of more than $500,000. The championships have evolved into a nine-day festival featuring activities for local youth and visiting skate fans from across South Africa leading up to the KDC main event. The festival runs from Sept. 26 – Oct. 5 and includes skate clinics, pro demos, autograph signings and some of South Africa’s top musical acts and performers. This year, for the first time, a women’s street champion will also be crowned.
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The Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Presented by Kumba Iron Ore will feature the best skateboarders from around the world competing for a shot at the title of “best skateboarder in the world for 2014”along with their share of the $500,000 prize purse, the largest single--‐event prize purse in skateboarding. For the first time, the Skateboarding World Championships will also feature a Women’s Street World Championship with some of the biggest names such as Lacey Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Pamela Rosa, Marissa Dal Santo, Samarria Brevard, Alexis Sablone, Elissa Steamer, Alana Smith, Vanessa Torres and Kat Williams.

The roster of skaters who will compete in the Vert, Big Air and Best Trick Championships include some of the biggest names in skateboarding: Pierre Luc Gagnon, Jimmy Wilkins, Andy Macdonald, Sandro Dias, Trey Wood, Jono Schwan, Jagger Eaton, Mitchie Brusco, Alex Perelson, Rony Gomes, Marcelo Bastos, Italo Penarrubia and Edgard Pereira, among others. The Vert World Championships will take place on a custom vert ramp and a big air ramp located in the state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza.

The prize purse for vert is $60,000, the largest in the industry, with an additional $10,000 up for grabs in the MiniMega Gap Best Trick contest. The Kimberley Diamond Cup also  features the Rider Cup Team Skateboarding Championships as well as five national championships events for South African skaters, including Women’s Street Championships, Girl’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, Street Championships and the Youth Street Championships.

“We were looking at ways to improve the event and the one thing we felt was missing was a Women’s Street Championship,” said Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix, the event company that runs the KDC contest. “We felt we couldn’t have a true world championship event without including a women’s contest. It’s going to be an incredible contest and one we feel is especially important in South Africa, where there are so many girls who have taken up skateboarding and who need just as many, if not more, opportunities than boys. For them to see women competing at such a high level, we hope will serve to further encour-age and inspire girls across South Africa and around the world.”

The Official 2014 KDC events are:

  • Men’s Street World Championships  - won in 2013 by Nyjah Huston
  • Men’s Vert World Championships - Andy Macdonald holds the current title
  • Best Trick Contest - 2013 saw 13 year old Jagger Eaton make a huge impression with a 360 flip over the gap
  • The Women’s Street World Championships - new for 2014
  • South African Street Championships - 2013 winner Braxton Haine
  • Rider Cup Team Skateboarding Championships - the winning US team from the upcoming Rider Cup summer contest in New York’s five boroughs will earn a spot to compete alongside qualifying teams from across South Africa in this unique team-format contest

KDC invited skaters experiencing  the Northern Cape Province’s nearby nature reserves

KDC is also highly supported by Northern Cape government . Five thousand skateboards given away, building five skateparks in the province, all the coaching and competitions where money and skate gear are up for grabs, as well as opportunities in event management, photography, blogging and volunteering changed the lives of many young people in the Northern Cape for the better, not to mention that the city of Kimberley have welcomed thousands of skate tourists. Way to go.

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Source: http://www.kimberleydiamondcup.com

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