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World’s top skateboarders are coming to Kimberley
- Updated: September 17, 2014
South Africa plays host to the second lucrative Kimberley Diamond Cup skateboarding world championship in the Northern Cape city of Kimberley on 2-5 October.
The event, presented by Kumba Iron Ore and taking place at the skate plaza venue, is a magnet for the world’s top professional and amateur street and vert skateboarders.
A hugely popular event, the event attracted 150 professional and local skateboarders for last year’s inaugural event. It was the year’s largest single-event prize purse in the code and included a whopping $100,000 to the ‘Street’ category winner.
Rolling away with that big purse was five-time X Games gold medallist Nyjah Huston, the young Californian acknowledged as the leading exponent of his craft on the globe.
Kumba Iron Ore this week announced that it was extending its partnership with the Northern Cape Provincial Government as the presenting partner of the Kimberley Diamond Cup and its Skateboarding for Hope road show for the next three years.
The Skateboarding for Hope outreach programme has played a crucial part in the province’s commitment to youth development by exposing them to an affordable leisure activity and a sense of community. In addition to the skate plaza in Kimberley, which has received over 26 000 visitors over the past two years, four additional skate parks have been erected in the various district municipalities of the Northern Cape. The Skateboarding for Hope tour has stopped in diverse venues ranging from urban hubs to deep rural villages with over 5000 skateboards being handed over to under-privileged kids.
Tim McFerran of skateboarding event management company World Skateboarding Grand Prix, says the impact of the Kimberley Diamond Cup and its Skateboarding for Hope initiative has been unprecedented. ‘Since our first exploration of the local skateboarding scene, we have been overwhelmed by the immense growth in the South African skateboarding industry, both in terms of retail opportunities and the proficiency level of local skaters.
Picture: Darkstar pro Adam Dyet in action in Kimberley last year