Pro Skaters to Experience Northern Cape

Pro Skaters to Experience Northern Cape Culture, Community

Week-Long Schedule includes Skate Clinics, Demos, Sightseeing and Safaris

(Sacramento, Calif. – September 19, 2013) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix today announced the events schedule for the 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore.  A full week of activities leading up to the contest includes skate clinics and demos, giving the pros the opportunity to meet and inspire the local kids and youth who have embraced skateboarding all across the Northern Cape provinces.

Kimberley is located 300 miles southwest of Johannesburg in the Northern Cape Provinces. A small town of 227,000, the city is proud of its heritage as the location of the first diamond mines in South Africa and the origins of its nickname, The Diamond City.” Pro skaters from around the world, competing in the Kimberley Diamond Cup, will get to visit area attractions, including “The Big Hole,” and experience safaris daily, in the week leading up to the contest.

“Just outside of Kimberley is safari land, no joke, there’s all these private reserves with lions and giraffes, and you feel like you’re in the cut immediately,” said Ryan Clements. “Right next to the skate park is the Big Hole. It’s really fascinating. It’s the world’s largest hand-dug hole. Everything is really interesting and the people there are incredible. And then you have this world class skate park right in the middle of it all. The skaters are gonna be stoked to experience the local culture and do some sightseeing, safaris and meet the local kids.”

The Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships takes place Sept. 27-29. Pros will battle it out for their share of a $500,000 prize purse, the largest single event prize purse in skateboarding.  The winner of the Street Championships will receive a $100,000 cash prize. The winner of the Vert Championships will receive a $60,000 cash prize.

The contest will also feature Am Street, Am Vert and Women’s Am Street contests. Competitors earned spots in the Am Championships at KDC by winning regional contests, for both teams and individual skaters, held in cities across South Africa’s Northern Cape Province over the last three months.

The 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup Competition Schedule is as follows:

*all contest times are local South Africa time, 9 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific time

Thursday, Sept 26: Girls Am Street & Am Vert Contests

9am: Registration/Practice for Girls Am Street and Am Vert

10am: Girls Am Street Contest

11am: Am Vert Contest

12pm – 5pm: Registration and Open Practice

Friday, Sept. 27: Pro Vert World Championship & Am Ryder Cup Team Championships

10am – 5pm: Open Pro Vert and Big Air Practice

10am – 11am: South African Am Open Qualifier

11am – 2pm: Open Street Practice

2pm – 4:30pm: Am Ryder Cup Team Championships

5pm – 6pm: Pro Vert World Championships

6:15pm – 8:15pm: Concert and Opening Ceremonies

8:15pm: Fireworks

Saturday, Sept. 28: Big Air & Street World Championship Qualifiers

Live Webcast ( 7:30am – 9am U.S. Pacific Time

10am – 1pm: Open Street Practice

12pm – 4:30pm: Big Air Practice

1pm – 4pm: Pro Street World Championship Qualifiers

4pm – 4:30pm: Concert featuring national South African artists

4:30pm – 6pm: Big Air Finals and Awards live on Supersport TV. Live webcast on