Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships Return October 2-5: Event to Include Women's Street Championships
World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) today announced the dates for the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships (KDC) as well as the addition of the Women's Street Championships. 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.
"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 encourage 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, winner takes home a $100,000 cash prize)
Men's Vert World Championships (Andy Macdonald holds the current title, winner gets $60,000)
Best Trick Contest (2013 saw 13-year-old Jagger Eaton make a huge impression with a 360 flip over the gap)
NEW FOR 2014: The Women's Street World Championships (winner takes home $15,000 cash)
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)
With the addition of the women's contest, the 2014 KDC total event prize purse grows to well over $500,000.
Nyjah winning the KDC in 2013. Backside 270 noseblunt. Photo / BLAIR