KDC Grand Slam Rocks Canal Walk

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The Kimberley Diamond Cup Grand Slam presented by Kumba Iron Ore took over Canal Walk this past weekend and thousands of spectators saw South Africa’s top skateboarders battle it out for R50 000 in prize money and the opportunity to qualify for the world championship event in Kimberley in October.

In the over 17 division, Khule Ngubane once again showed his dominance to take first spot on the podium, but it was Capetonian Shuaib Filander of team 20SK8, who scored the wild card for Kimberley with Kyle Trusky taking third place.

It was however in the junior division that it became evident that the future of skateboarding in this country is secure with the younger skaters showing off intense focus and superb skills.  Eventually 13-year-old Tyler Kammies from Cape Town and 14-year-old Jeremy Stone of Johannesburg were responsible for a riveting North vs South battle as they went head to head for victory.  Kammies of Sunningdale in Blouberg has only been skating for three years, but showed phenomenal skills to take top honours.

Khule CT

The Rider Cup team contest saw victory for team 4 Stax, a combination of arguably some of the best skaters in the Cape.  Moses Adams, Jean-Marc Johannes, Justus Kotze and Mitchell Rice had to land some of their best tricks to fight of the challenge from the Lil Rascals.  They will now have the opportunity to go up against the best skateboarding teams in the country as well as the winners of the American New York Rider Cup series.  The Lil Rascals team members Tyler Kammies, Jeremy Stone, Kimberley skater Brad Balie and Ethan Cairns are all aged 14 and under, yet this team of young skaters had spectators and fellow competitors on their feet as they challenged their heroes. 

The Kimberley Diamond Cup will take place at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley from 2 – 5 October.  Tickets are now on sale at Computicket.

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