• Runup to to the 2015 Kimberley Diamond Cup Skateboarding World Championships


    World Skateboarding Grand Prix today released the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC)
    presented by Kumba Iron Ore schedule for 2015. Hosted in partnership with the
    Northern Cape Provincial Government, the Kimberley Diamond Cup will feature
    three Grand Slam regional qualifying events and fourteen Skateboarding for Hope
    community outreach initiatives leading up to skateboarding world championships
    event in Kimberley in October 2015.

    This year’s KDC calendar gets off to an early start with the first KDC regional
    qualifying Grand Slam contest kicking off in Cape Town at Grand West on
    Saturday, 28 February, as part of Ultimate X. Over the next six months, further
    Grand Slam qualifiers will be held in Durban (14 June) and Johannesburg (30
    August) to offer local skaters the opportunity to qualify for KDC Week.

    Kelvin Hoefler_KDC2014_Sunday_Photo Sam Clark086-19

    “We’re excited to host the first Grand Slam qualifying event for KDC at the
    Ultimate X festival,” said WSGP CEO Tim McFerran. “As South Africa’s largest and
    best known festival for action sports, it made sense for us to bring one of our
    qualifying events to Ultimate X. We hope to see a very large turnout for the
    contest and we’ll be looking for the best skaters from around the country to
    compete in the South African Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup this

    As part of the Northern Cape’s youth development mandate, the Skateboarding for
    Hope programme will traverse South Africa’s largest province as well as the rest
    of the country to promote skateboarding as an accessible, affordable sport.
    Stops are scheduled for Gauteng, the Cape Peninsula, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern
    Cape, Southern Cape and the West Coast.

    For a third consecutive year, Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American,
    is back as presenting sponsor of the Kimberley Diamond Cup. According to Kumba
    Chief Executive Norman Mbazima, the company proudly continues its collaboration
    with the Northern Cape Province. “The Northern Cape has identified the sport of
    skateboarding as an appropriate vehicle to promote the province as the ultimate
    adventure and extreme sport destination, while simultaneously making a
    significant contribution to youth development. As a company, we firmly believe
    in providing opportunity and upliftment in the communities that are associated
    with our operations and we’ve had the privilege of observing the positive impact
    this programme has had on local communities,” mentions Mbazima.

    This year, KDC will once again play host to the Skateboarding World
    Championships, drawing the best skateboarders from around the world to compete
    for their share of the $500,000 prize purse, the largest in skateboarding. Last
    year saw participants from 37 countries descending on the magnificent Kumba
    Skate Plaza in Kimberley to compete for the coveted world champion title.

    Photo Sam Clark

    According to Mr. John Block, member of the executive council for finance,
    economic development and tourism in the Northern Cape, “The Kimberley Diamond
    Cup has established itself as an icon event in the Northern Cape. With more than
    16 000 fans attending the world championship in 2014 and being broadcasted in
    173 countries the Kimberley Diamond Cup contributed to massive awareness of the
    province as adventure and extreme sport destination. We are also proud of the
    hundreds of new Kimberley skaters coming through the ranks at the Kumba Skate
    Plaza as we continue to work hard to establish skateboarding as an affordable
    sport and positive lifestyle for the youth.”

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