Great News Skateboarding fans! The 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup (a mega international skateboarding event) will be staged from the 27th to the 29th of September at the Kimberley Skate Plaza. The event will showcase the best professional street and vert skateboarders from around the world competing for a shot at a world championship title and their share of the $500,000 US prize purse, the largest single-event prize purse in skateboarding! Skateboarding fans can expect 150 top pro and local skateboarders at the event. The same guys that bring you Ultimate X / OSP Events each year are doing the production and the event will be broadcast Live on Supersport (on the Saturday and the Sunday).
This exciting new brand of international competitive skateboarding is a uniquely Northern Cape brand that will also have a presence in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as the province strives to enhance its reputation as an ideal destination for extreme sports and adventure events. A USA based company (the World Skateboarding Grand Prix) won the tender for staging the Kimberley Diamond Cup and presenting an action-packed 12-month long support program. This will include three “high octane” street and team Grand Slam skate competitions to be staged in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg each offering a total prize money of R50,000.
The World Skateboarding Grand Prix will join hands with South African project management company Pragmatics and international skate event experts to deliver the Kimberley Diamond Cup, Grand Slams and a year-long, fun-filled line-up of skate competitions and other events to take place at the skate plaza in Kimberley. World Skateboarding Grand Prix is already working with the Northern Cape government, the global skateboarding community and event sponsors to design events and programs to take competitive and fun skateboarding to new levels in the Northern Cape and South Africa.
A revitalized Skateboarding for Hope campaign aimed at promoting skateboarding as a positive and easily accessible lifestyle alternative will also see events staged at the newly-built mini-skate parks in Kuruman, De Aar, Upington and Springbok and ten other towns in South Africa. The Skateboarding for Hope campaign will now also incorporate a skater mentorship program designed to enhance local talent – a further sign of the provincial government’s commitment to the youth.
They have also signed up a renowned skateboarding management team and market leaders in competitive skateboarding, all who have been responsible for many of the innovations in world-class skateboarding contests over the last six years. The Northern Cape provincial government is confident that owning its own brand of competitive skateboarding will open a number of lucrative opportunities to further stimulate local economic development and the tourism industry in the province.
For more information check out the official Kimberley Diamond Cup website, join the conversation on the Kimberley Diamond Cup Facebook page or follow @KDiamondCup on Twitter. If you’re a skateboarding fan, get your tickets via Computicket NOW!
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