Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa


(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2014) –World Skateboarding Grand Prix today announced the lineup for the Vert and MiniMega Skateboarding World Championships as well as the Women’s Street Skateboarding World Championships, three of the 10 official events that make up the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships returning to Kimberley, South Africa Oct. 2-5.  The Skateboarding  World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Presented by Kumba Iron Ore will feature the best skateboarders from around the world competing for a shot at the title of “best skateboarder in the world for 2014” along with their share of the $500,000 prize purse, the largest single-event prize purse in skateboarding.

For the first time, the Skateboarding World Championships will feature a Women’s Street World Championship. The best female skaters from around the world will compete for $40,000, the largest prize purse for a women’s skate contest. Some of the top competitors are:
Lacey Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Pamela Rosa, Marissa Dal Santo, Samarria Brevard, Alexis Sablone, Elissa Steamer, Alana Smith, Vanessa Torres and Kat Williams.

“I’m super stoked that there’s a women’s event at the Skateboarding World Championships and that I’m included in it!” said US skateboarder Elissa Steamer.  “I’m excited to skate the event with everyone, but also to explore, surf, hopefully go on a safari, and just see new landscapes and meet new people.”

The roster of skaters who will compete in the Vert, Big Air and Best Trick Championships include some of the biggest names in skateboarding: Pierre Luc Gagnon, Jimmy Wilkins, Andy Macdonald, Sandro Dias, Trey Wood, Jono Schwan, Jagger Eaton, Mitchie Brusco, Alex Perelson, Rony Gomes, Marcelo Bastos, Italo Penarrubia and Edgard Pereira, among others.

The Vert World Championships will take place on a custom vert ramp and a big air ramp located in the state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza. The prize purse for vert is $60,000, the largest in the industry, with an additional $10,000 up for grabs in the MiniMega Gap Best Trick contest.

The Kimberley Diamond Cup also features the Rider Cup Team Skateboarding Championships as well as five national championships events for South African skaters, including Women’s Street Championships, Girl’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, Street Championships and the Youth Street Championships.

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