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Skateboarding World Championships Scheduled for Oct. 3-8 in South Africa

May 25th, 2016 Posted by News, Press Releases No Comment yet

Skateboarding World Championships Scheduled for Oct. 3-8 in South Africa

Skateboarding’s biggest contest of the year is expected to draw more than 300 competitors from 60 countries

(Los Angeles – May 25, 2016) World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) announced today the Skateboarding World Championships will return to Kimberley, South Africa October 3-8. Sanctioned by the World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding, this year’s championships are expected to draw 300 of the best skateboarders from 60 countries. Last year’s winners, Nyjah Huston (street), Alexis Sablone (women’s street) and Jimmy Wilkins (vert) shared the $500,000 prize purse, the largest in competitive skateboarding.

This year’s Skateboarding World Championships take on special significance as skateboarding is one of the new sports proposed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Should skateboarding be officially accepted by the International Olympic Committee as a new discipline, contests like the Skateboarding World Championships will likely become qualifying events. This year, the Skateboarding World Championships are once again expected to draw the largest international field of skateboarders competing in a single contest, with skaters from at least 60 countries anticipated to compete in three world championship events: Women’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, and Men’s Street Championships.

The Skateboarding World Championships use an open contest format, which includes a qualifying contest. World Skateboarding Grand Prix extends invitations to the top finishers of notable international contests including the Mystic Cup, Copenhagen Pro, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, Polish Skateboarding Championships, South African Championships, Germany National Championships, Mauritius Islands Championships, Far‘n High, Bryggeriet Malmo, Simple Session, Am Getting Paid and others around the world. Top finishers from the private contests in the U.S., including X Games, Dew Tour, and Street League will also earn spots in the Skateboarding World Championships.

The 2016 Skateboarding World Championships will be held during the annual Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore. The KDC event features the South African Street and Vert Championships, the African Continental Championships in both street and vert and the Rider Cup Team Championships. In addition, the Kimberley Diamond Cup will also feature a free Festival Village with live music and dozens of local food and craft vendors as well as a Freestyle Motocross Exhibition. All of the skate contests are held at the permanent, state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza that was built specifically to host the contests and subsequently donated to the community. The Plaza saw more than 100,000 visitors in 2015, not including the over 20,000 who attended last year’s Kimberley Diamond Cup and Skateboarding World Championship events.

The World Skateboarding Federation (WSF) has sanctioned the World Skateboarding Championships and will provide financial assistance to help pay for travel expenses for skaters in countries without brand, government, corporate or federation support.

“This is an exciting year for the Skateboarding World Championships,” said WSGP CEO Tim McFerran, “WSGP has been hosting the skateboarding world championships since 2011 and with the possibility of skateboarding in the Olympics, the transparency of how the skateboarders are picked, our format, openness and unprecedented global representation caught the eye of the IOC and is one of the reasons why skateboarding is being considered for 2020. We are proud to have more countries represented than any other contest in skateboarding’s history and we expect to exceed 60 countries this year, with more than 300 skaters competing for their shot at the title. There are many talented skateboarders who have been kept out of some of the private, U.S. contests for reasons other than their talent and skill on the skateboard. I think sometimes these event organizers think they have to have all skaters from Southern California to draw a TV audience. That’s simply not the case; skateboarding is global and the biggest audiences for skateboarding have been outside of the U.S. for years. We are proud to provide a platform for these skaters, guys like Tommy Fynn and Moses Adams and Kelvin Hoefler. Having an open contest format is crucial to the future of skateboarding. We’re proud to provide this platform for skateboarders and will continue pushing other contests to open up and let the best compete against the best.”

For more information on the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup visit www.worldskateboardinginternational.com andwww.kimberleydiamondcup.com.  For information on the World Skateboarding Federation visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is the global leader in skateboarding event management. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism and support youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For the latest news and information on the 2016 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup as well as other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.worldskateboarding.com or check out our corporate site at www.worldskateboardinginternational.com.

About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)

World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding, is the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations like Skateistan in South Africa. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations. The mission of the World Skateboarding Federation is to promote skateboarding around the world; to grow and connect relevant skateboarders, organizations, brands and manufacturers for the further expansion of skateboarding; to assist in building quality skate parks; to provide financial assistance to top skateboarders to attend international skateboarding contests; to create a centralized judging and scoring system; and to provide a platform to create national, regional and local contests. World Skateboarding Federation is a USA incorporated nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. For more information visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

World Skateboarding Grand Prix Announces Plans for South American Expansion in 2017

December 10th, 2015 Posted by News, Press Releases, Skate Industry No Comment yet

World Skateboarding Grand Prix Announces Plans for South American Expansion in 2017; 10 Countries to Host National Championships Leading up to the Latin American Championships in September 2017

National Skateboarding Championships to be held in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay

(Los Angeles, Calif. – December 10, 2015) World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP), the leading international skateboarding events management company, today announced plans to expand into South America in 2017 with National Championship events in 10 countries leading up to the first-ever Latin American Skateboarding Championships in September 2017.

The expansion comes after months of negotiations and planning visits.

“We have had some very successful meetings in recent months that have enabled us to announce our plans for South America expansion,” said Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “South American is the next hotbed for skateboarding and the time is right to build out the infrastructure for a series of National Championships leading up to the biggest skateboarding contest ever held in South America: The Latin American Championships. We’ll announce the host city in May 2016.”

The 10 National Championship events will be held in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The first event will be held in January 2017 and the last event in early September 2017.

The Latin American Championships will be open to all winners from the 10 National Championship events and will include the top pros from around the world.  The top finishers from the Latin American Championships will earn a trip to the Skateboarding World Championships, which will be held in October 2017 in one of the Grand Prix stops: Vietnam, Canada or South Africa.

The Latin American Championships will be part of the Grand Prix circuit which also includes the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa and the Lotus Cup in Vietnam. WSGP also runs national championship events in Canada, Turkey, South Africa, Réunion Islands and the U.S.

“Although South America is a hot bed for skateboarding and the fastest growing market in the world, it is underserved by skateboarding companies. We hope to change that by working with the local skate communities in each country, handing out free skateboards and helping to organize the communities to better work with international skateboard companies. We did it in South Africa and I am confident we can do it here in South America,” said McFerran.

The addition of the South American Grand Prix events will further establish WSGP as the global leader in contests, provide for year-round marketing opportunities for brands. For more information on event sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail sponsorships@worldskateboarding.com.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is the leading international skateboarding events management company. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism while supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. All WSGP events are sanctioned by the World Skateboarding Federation and include the Rider Cup Team Championships, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, the U.S. Skateboarding Championships, the Canadian Skateboarding Championships (Coming 2016), the Lotus Cup Vietnam Skateboarding Championships and the World Skateboarding Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. For the latest news and information on World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.worldskateboarding.com. To view WSGP’s corporate site, go to www.worldskateboardinginternational.com.

 

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World Skateboarding Grand Prix Announces First-Ever Southeast Asia Skateboarding Championships

November 20th, 2015 Posted by News, Press Releases, Skate Industry 1 comment

World Skateboarding Grand Prix Announces First-Ever Southeast Asia Skateboarding Championships

Da Nang, Vietnam Selected to Host Lotus Cup in 2016: World Class Skate Park Built for Event to Remain as Social Development Platform

(Da Nang, Vietnam – November 18, 2015) — World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) today announced it will host the first-ever Southeast Asia Skateboarding Championships in Da Nang, Vietnam in 2016. The Lotus Cup will be similar in size and scale to the Kimberley Diamond Cup and will include the Southeast Asian Championships and the Vietnam National Championships. The events will be broadcast live on Vietnam’s national TV station and broadcast in 173 countries. The events will be held on a new, world class skate park built in partnership with the Peoples Committee of Da Nang. The new skate park will be the platform for an innovative social development program that will be managed by WSGP.

 

The Southeast Asia Championships, sanctioned by the World Skateboarding Federation, will draw the best skateboarders from across Southeast Asia to compete in an open qualifier; the winner earns a title and a trip to the 2016 Skateboarding World Championships.

 

“Da Nang is a beautiful city with some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen with miles of pristine beaches,” said Tim McFerran, president of WSGP. “The people of Da Nang are warm and friendly; and that is one of the reasons it is growing so fast as a tourist destination. Skateboarding in Asia is growing tremendously and we are excited to announce a five-year contract with the Peoples Committee of Da Nang. This region is of huge significance globally and we want to thank the Peoples Committee and Skateboarding Vietnam for their support and commitment to this project. We can’t wait to bring the first-ever Southeast Asia Skateboarding Championships to Da Nang in 2016. This is going to be a tremendous asset to the local community, all of Asia, and will further support and grow the local skateboarding industry in Southeast Asia.”

 

The skate park built in Da Nang for the championships will be one of the finest in the world and one of only a few capable of hosting a world class contest; it will be certified by the World Skateboarding Federation. The Da Nang skate park will serve as the platform for a new skateboarding development program run by World Skateboarding Grand Prix. Modeled after its lauded South African program, the Da Nang development program will offer year-round activities, clinics and mentoring for local youth.

 

“The development program we have created in South Africa is considered the best and most comprehensive in the world, and this new development center based in Da Nang, Vietnam will mirror many of our successful programs in South Africa,” said McFerran. “We couldn’t be happier to have such a great partner who shares our commitment to social development and sustainability.”

 

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is the leading international skateboarding events management company. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism while supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. WSGP events including the Rider Cup Team Championships, Southeast Asia Skateboarding Championships, Turkish Skateboarding Championships, U.S. Skateboarding Championships, the South African Championships and the World Skateboarding Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. For the latest news and information on World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.worldskateboarding.com and follow WSGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. WSGP has offices in Vietnam, U.K., United States, Turkey and South Africa. For WSGP’s corporate site, go to www.worldskateboardinginternational.com. For more information, send an email to info@worldskateboarding.com or call 888-660-1113.

Skating his way to glory – Gulf Digital News

August 17th, 2015 Posted by Articles, News No Comment yet

Check out this article on Bahraini skater Faheem Balooshi’s trip to the upcoming Skateboarding World Championships. Read the full article here:  http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/18938/Skating-his-way-to-glory

World Skateboarding Federation Unveils First Ever Street Skateboarding Rankings

July 1st, 2015 Posted by News, Press Releases, Skate Industry No Comment yet

(London, United Kingdom – July 1, 2015) — World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding, released today its ranking system for street skateboarding. The ranking system was one of the key elements of the Skate 20/20 Agenda  designed to help skateboarding organize in preparation for a potential Olympic opportunity, set forth at the first ever Global Skateboarding Summit in Istanbul in May 2015.  The ranking system was well received by the WSF board members and the summit attendees and was adopted following summit.

The ranking system is the first-ever street skateboarding ranking to include all the top contests. Individual skaters are ranked based on their contest performance in the top 10 skate events globally, including Skateboarding World Championships, X Games, Dew Tour, Street League, Copenhagen Pro, Tampa Pro, Simple Sessions, Mystic Cup, PS4 Series, Adrenalin Games, and DC Invitational Sao Paulo.

Top 10 Street Skateboarders for 2014 (Beginning August 31, rankings will be updated live for 2015)

  1. Kelvin Hoefler – Brasil
  2. Nyjah Huston – USA
  3. Ryan Decenzo – USA
  4. Ishod Wair – USA
  5. Luan Oliveira, Brasil
  6. Trevor Colden, USA
  7. Chaz Ortiz, USA
  8. Alec Majerus, Canada
  9. Ryan Sheckler, USA
  10. Shane O’Neill, USA

For the complete list of 2014 rankings, click here. The WSF website also features rankings from other skateboarding disciplines, including slalom, downhill and street.  The street skateboarding ranking system was based on discussions at the Global Skateboarding Summit as well as meetings with key international skateboarding leaders. The ranking system uses multipliers for international broadcasting rights and the size of the contest purse.

“This comprehensive ranking system was based on months of research, and finally discussions and meetings among our board and other prominent leaders in the international skateboarding community,” said Tim McFerran, board president of World Skateboarding Federation. “The challenge was how to use the three prominent, invite-only contests – X Games, Dew Tour and Street League — in the ranking system since there are no qualifiers for those contests nor criteria for skaters to be selected. While most sports rankings would not include the invite-only contests, after much discussion, we determined that because of the high profile of these events, at this time, they should be used in the ranking calculations. We hope that some of these contests will convert to an open qualifier or utilize these rankings in their invites, so that skateboarders from around the world are given an equal opportunity to compete. This ranking system will allow skaters tremendous exposure, providing the best competition to challenge skaters and furthering the growth and exposure of the sport and its athletes by offering them a global platform.”

WSF has assembled a strong board made up of core international representatives and pro skateboarders from all disciplines and is working to unify skateboarding as part of its five year plan: the Skate 20/20 Agenda.  Based on feedback from the global skateboarding community at the summit in May, WSF has been working to provide some of the needed infrastructure within the skateboarding community. The six key initiatives of the Skate 20/20 Agenda are:

  • Develop 40 National Governing Organizations over the next two years (WSF is already working with eight countries and will have those governing bodies set up by the end of the year)
  • Create a minimum of 17 WSF-sanctioned regional and national contests that feed into national championship events, by 2016
  • Create and support a global youth development program
  • Create a universal scoring system
  • Host International Judging Conference (Inaugural contest to be held in October 2015 in Kimberley, South Africa to coincide with Skateboarding World Championships)
  • Host annual Global Skateboarding Summit. The 2016 summit host candidates include Glasgow, Montreal and Mexico City.

 

About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)

World Skateboarding Federation a governing body of skateboarding and the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. The WSF Board of Directors are: Tim McFerran, WSF Board President, Sasha Steinhorst, United States; Maga McWhinnie, Peru; Paco Manzanares, Mexico; Stefan Lillis Akesson, Sweden; Kevin Harris, Canada; Cyrille Harnay, France; Felix Arguelles, United States; Tim Gavin, United States; Jani Söderhäll, France; Andrew Brophy, Australia; and Hans Koraeus, Sweden.

WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations like Skateistan in South Africa. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations. The mission of the World Skateboarding Federation is to promote skateboarding around the world; to grow and connect relevant skateboarders, organizations, brands and manufacturers for the further expansion of skateboarding; to assist in building quality skateparks; to provide financial assistance to top skateboarders to attend international skateboarding contests; to create a centralized judging and scoring system; and to provide a platform to create national, regional and local contests. World Skateboarding federation is a USA incorporated nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. For more information visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

 

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Inside the Games

April 1st, 2015 Posted by Articles, News, Skate Industry No Comment yet

Global Skateboarding Summit to be held May 22-24

March 16th, 2015 Posted by Press Releases No Comment yet

The Future of Skateboarding Begins in Istanbul: Global Skateboarding Summit to be held May 22-24

(Istanbul — February 12, 2015) World Skateboarding Federation today announced that registration is now open for the first-ever Global Skateboarding Summit. The three-day summit will be held at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, May 22-24, 2015. Attendees who register before Feb. 28 will receive a 20 percent discount on conference fees. The purpose of the Global Skateboarding Summit is to bring together skateboarders, organizations, groups, federations, and associations, for the first time, in an effort to collaborate, organize and create a meaningful direction for the sport of skateboarding while supporting its athletes. Read More

KDC Grand Slam Results from Ultimate X in Cape Town

March 2nd, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Check out the video from the finals at this weekend’s KDC Grand Slam part of Ultimate X in Cape Town, South Africa.  For a photo recap, click here:

Results:

1. Yann Horowitz – R15,000 *

2. Kanya Spani – R6,000 *

3. Moses Adams – R3,000

4. Alan Marola *

5. Allan Adams *

6. Tyler Kammies *

7. Dlamini Dlamini

8. Khule Ngubane

9. Braxton Haine

10. Jean Marc Johannes

11. Josh Chisholm

12. Enwin Gellant

* Top 5 skaters in the KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifiers are automatically seeded into the finals of the KDC South African Championships this October. Moses Adams will skate in the KDC Skateboarding World Championships.

 

WSGP CEO Tim McFerran in Sac Business Journal

November 14th, 2014 Posted by Articles, News, Skate Industry No Comment yet

As a former college basketball player who manages global skateboarding events, World Skateboarding Grand Prix CEO Tim McFerran has learned lessons beyond how to get comfortable on an international flight when you’re nearly 7 feet tall. Read More…

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