KDC GrandSlam @ UltimateX

KDC GrandSlam @ UltimateX


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.

“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 October.”

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 also 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.