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Montreal to Get Professional Skatepark in 2017

July 6th, 2016 Posted by Articles, News No Comment yet

Check out this article on World Skateboarding Federation’s new skatepark in Montreal, coming summer 2017. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/29P3FeK

 

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.

Nyjah Huston Edges Out Luan Oliveira to Win Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

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

Nyjah Huston Edges Out Luan Oliveira to Win Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

Watch the On Demand Webcast of the Finals at KimberleyDiamondCup.com 

(Kimberley, South Africa – October 10, 2015) – The 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup concluded today as 12 of the world’s best street skaters, from eight countries, competed for the world title and $100,000 top prize. Under the lights at the world class Kumba Skate Plaza, sold out, standing-room only crowds cheered wildly as the top skaters in the world competed in fierce, head-to-head battles.

The Top 12 skaters in order of their scores in the qualifiers were Luan Oliveira (Brazil), Nyjah Huston (USA), Yoshi Tanenbaum (USA), Chase Webb (USA), JS Lapierre (Montreal, Canada), Vincent Milou (France), Jost Arens (Germany), Tommy Fynn (Australia), Dlamini Dlamini (South Africa), Tyson Bowerbank (USA), Gustavo Servin (Mexico), TJ Rogers (Ontario, Canada).

The final heat put Luan Oliveira head-to-head with Nyjah Huston. The excitement in the air was palpable as the two faced off. The Kimberley, South Africa crowd was on its feet cheering throughout the intense five-minute battle.

“Congratulations to Nyjah – that was really hard.  I thought I was going to pass out.  I literally could not breathe,” said a still-winded Oliveira who collapsed on the course after the finals.

When the scores were tallied, just two points separated the final two (97.08 to 95.07). Huston edged out Oliveira by landing difficult rail tricks with few falls. While Luan had the best performance over the semi-finals and finals, he had several falls in the finals that made the difference.

“I am so pumped.  It was great being back in South Africa,” said Huston.  “I was bummed when I did not make the semi-finals last year, but this was one of the toughest heats I have ever skated.  Luan is a great competitor and it was exhausting.  I’ll definitely be back next year as I love it here.  It was a great contest.”

This year the World Skateboarding Federation, which sanctioned the Skateboarding World Championships, provided financial assistance to over 50 skaters to help them pay for travel expenses to South Africa. WSF is committed to supporting skateboarders around the world and is leading the charge to organize skateboarding in advance of its potential inclusion in the next Olympic Games.

“The 2015 World Skateboarding Championships were a huge success,” said Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “We were excited to see eight countries represented in the top 12 this year, proving how many talented skaters there are all over the world. Each year we hold this contest to give skaters from any country an opportunity to compete on a professional level on a world class skatepark. This contest gives skaters the global exposure they need to attract fans and sponsors. With skateboarding being proposed for the 2020 Olympic Games, it’s more important than ever to support these international skaters, who don’t have the strong support we see in the US. We look forward to returning next year and seeing some new faces and countries as we continue to grow skateboarding and support skateboarders around the world.”

The final day of the World Skateboarding Championships kicked off with the South African Am Skateboarding World Championships and Top Grom Championships. The day then moved onto the South African Championships. Twenty six skaters competed in the finals by earning a top place in one of World Skateboarding Grand Prix’s nine qualifying events held throughout South Africa. The competitiors represented the best up and coming skaters in the nation, all between the ages of seven and 13 years old.

Seventeen-year old Brandon Valjalo from Kyalami, Johannesburg lifted the trophy as South African champion in the South African Street Championships. Valjalo went head to head with Cape Town’s Alan Marola in the finals. Walking off with a check for R 20,000, Valjalo said his victory was the highlight of a great week of skating.  “I really enjoyed skating with all the pro skaters during the week.  It was amazing to hang out with guys, who have been my idols, like Nyjah Huston.”  Commenting on the potential inclusion of skateboarding in the 2020 Olympic Games, Valjalo admitted that it is a really exciting prospect.  “It would be absolutely incredible to represent South Africa on an international level and to be skating with all my friends from all over the world.”

South African Street Championship results:

  1. Brandon Valjalo
  2. Alan Marola
  3. Allan Adams
  4. Kanya Spani
  5. Josh Chrisholm
  6. Yahn Horowitz
  7. Byron Rhoda
  8. Enwin Gallant

With the recent news that skateboarding is among the top contenders to be considered for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, this year’s world championships took on a special significance and many of the competitors were asked their thoughts on skateboarding in the Olympic Games.

The webcast of the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup are available on demand at www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com

Highlights from the 2015 Street Skateboarding World Championship Finals:

Nyjah Huston: Switch frontside feeble grind down the handrail. Backside flip the long way over the gap on the stairs. Nollie backside 180 to forward on the A-frame rail.

Luan Oliveira: Kickflip over the entire manny pad.

JS Lapierre: 270 lipslide to 270 out on the A-frame rail.

Yoshi Tanenbaum: Laserflip down the big four.

Pro Street Finals Results & Cash Prizes

  1. Nyjah Huston (California – USA) $100,000
  2. Luan Oliveira (Brazil) $35,000
  3. JS Lapierre (Montreal, Canada) $12,000
  4. Yoshi Tanenbaum (Maryland – USA) $12,000
  5. Tommy Fynn (Australia) $4,000
  6. Vincent Milou (France) $4,000
  7. Chase Webb (California – USA) $4,000
  8. Jost Arens (Germany) $4,000
  9. TJ Rogers (Ontario, Canada) $2,000
  10. Dlamini Dlamini (South Africa) $2,000
  11. Gustavo Servin (Mexico) $2,000
  12. Tyson Bowerbank (USA) $2,000

Click here for the full results including scores from the entire 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup.

For the full 2015 Kimberley Diamond Cup Schedule of Events and Results, visit www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com. Follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The official hashtags of the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships are #worldskatechamps and #KDCskate. Check out the official event photostream at www.Flickr.com/photos/kimberleydiamondcup.

About Kimberley Diamond Cup

The World Skateboarding Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup is a partnership between South Africa’s Northern Cape Provincial Government, World Skateboarding Grand Prix and Kumba Iron Ore. Located 300 miles southwest of Johannesburg in the Northern Cape Province, Kimberley was the location of South Africa’s first diamond mine, thus its nickname, “The Diamond City.” For the latest news and information go to www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is an international skateboarding event 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. For the latest news and information on the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.

Jimmy Wilkins Defends Title to Win Vert Skateboarding World Championships

October 9th, 2015 Posted by Articles, News, Press Releases, Skate Industry No Comment yet

Jimmy Wilkins Defends Title to Win Vert Skateboarding World Championships

Nyjah Huston, Luan Oliveira and Yoshi Tanenbaum Land on Top in Friday’s Street Qualifiers, Saturday Finals will Air Live via Webcast and on SuperSport

 (Kimberley, South Africa – October 9, 2015) – The Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup moved into day two with the Rider Cup Team Championships, the qualifiers for Saturday’s Street World Championships and the Vert World Championships. Jimmy Wilkins defended his title as the Vert World Champion, earning him $35,000 cash. Mitchie Brusco placed second and Pierre Luc Gagnon finished third. The Street World Championships will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT and broadcast live via SuperSport in 49 countries and webcast on www.kimberleydiamondcup.com.

The Skateboarding World Championships are sanctioned by the World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding. WSF provided financial assistance to over 50 skaters to help them pay for travel expenses to South Africa.

Vert World Championships results:

  1. Jimmy Wilkins (Columbus, Ohio – USA)
  2. MItchie Brusco (Kirkland, Washington – USA)
  3. Pierre Luc Gagnon (Carlsbad, California – USA)
  4. Paul Luc Ronchetti (United Kingdom)
  5. Jono Schwan (Colorado Springs, Colorado- USA)
  6. Marcelo Bastos (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  7. Moto Shibata (Osaka, Japan)
  8. Rony Gomes (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  9. Andy Macdonald (San Diego, California – USA)
  10. Sam Beckett (Norfolk, England)
  11. Alex Perelson (San Diego, California – USA)
  12. Elliot Sloan (New York, NY)

Street Qualifier results:

  1. Luan Oliveira (Brazil)
  2. Nyjah Huston (USA – Huntington Beach, California)
  3. Yoshi Tanenbaum (USA – Silver Spring, Maryland)
  4. Chase Webb (USA – Murrieta, California)
  5. JS Lapierre (Canada)
  6. Vincent Milou (France)
  7. Jost Arens (Germany)
  8. Tommy Fynn (Australia)
  9. Dlamini Dlamini (South Africa)
  10. Tyson Bowerbank (USA – Salt Lake)
  11. Gustavo Servin (Mexico)
  12. TJ Rogers (Canada)

The Rider Cup Team Championships winning team: AKAM (R 10,000)

2015 Skateboarding World Championships Events Schedule

Saturday, October 10

South African Street Championships and Top Grom Championships (12-2 p.m. SAST*)

Street World Championships – finals (7-9 p.m. SAST*/10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT/1-3 p.m. EDT) LIVE WEBCAST

*SAST is South Africa Standard Time. It is 9 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

The official events of the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup are the African Continental Championships, Women’s Street Championships, Vert World Championships, Street World Championships, Rider Cup Team Skateboarding Championships as well as four national championship events for South African skaters, including Girl’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, Street Championships and the Top Grom Championships.

For the full 2015 Kimberley Diamond Cup Schedule of Events and Results, visit www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com. Follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The official hashtags of the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships are #worldskatechamps and #KDCskate. Check out the official event photostream at www.Flickr.com/photos/kimberleydiamondcup.

About Kimberley Diamond Cup

The World Skateboarding Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup is a partnership between South Africa’s Northern Cape Provincial Government, World Skateboarding Grand Prix and Kumba Iron Ore. Located 300 miles southwest of Johannesburg in the Northern Cape Province, Kimberley was the location of South Africa’s first diamond mine, thus its nickname, “The Diamond City.” For the latest news and information go to www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is an international skateboarding event 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. For the latest news and information on the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.

Historic Contingent of International Skaters Confirmed for 2015 Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa Oct. 7-10

October 5th, 2015 Posted by Articles, News, Press Releases, Skate Industry No Comment yet

Historic Contingent of International Skaters Confirmed for 2015 Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa Oct. 7-10

Over 40 Countries to Vie for Skateboarding’s Most Prestigious Title

(Kimberley, South Africa – October 5, 2015) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix today announced the roster for the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup – the official street skateboarding world championship as recognized by the World Skateboarding Federation. The best pro street and vert skaters from the U.S. will join the top skateboarders from around the world to battle it out in Kimberley, South Africa October 7-10 for their share of a $500,000 prize purse, the largest single event prize purse in skateboarding, and the title of world champion. An historic contingent of over 40 countries and 250 skaters will compete in women’s street, men’s street and vert disciplines.

Another first in the industry, this year’s winners of major international contests were invited to compete in the Skateboarding World Championships along with the top 50 ranked skaters in the world, according to the official ranking system by World Skateboarding Federation. The open qualifiers for the street championships, will be held on Friday, October 9.

Confirmed major contest winners vying for the Skateboarding World Championships titles include Dew Tour vert winner Jimmy Wilkins, Street League winners Kelvin Hoefler and Leticia Bufoni, X Games winners PLG (vert), Tyson Bowerbank (Boardr Am), Nyjah Huston (street) and Alexis Sablone (women’s street), Copenhagen Pro Tivoli winner Yoshi Tanenbaum, U.S. Skateboarding Championships Scotty Laird, Turkish Skateboarding Championships winner Adem Ustaoglu, Nike SB Open Berlin winner Aurelien Giraud from France, Mystic Cup winner Maxim Habanec of the Czech Republic, Canada’s Am Getting Paid winner JS Lapierre and Simple Session winner Russian Maxim Kruglov.

“We are the only contest to feature an open qualifier and to include skaters that truly represent the global skateboarding community,” said Tim McFerran, Founder of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “We’ve reached out to 96 countries to send their top skaters to compete. By hosting a true world championship event with skaters from an unprecedented number of countries participating, we not only ensure that the competition lives up to its name, but that we are supporting these international skateboarders and helping to develop skateboarding in their countries by giving them a global platform.“

The World Skateboarding Federation is providing financial assistance to over 50 skaters this year to help them pay for travel expenses to South Africa. WSF is committed to supporting skateboarders around the world and is leading the charge to organize skateboarding in advance of its potential inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

For the first time, skateboarding’s biggest contest of the year will include the African Continental Championships, a special championship to accommodate the 14 countries and 26 skateboarders competing from African countries. The African Continental Championships will feature women’s street, men’s street, the rider cup team championship and men’s vert.

“I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous impact skateboarding can have in the life of a child in need. By supporting youth development through the construction of skateparks, hosting skate clinics and providing free skateboards, we believe we can dramatically improve the lives of youth and inspire the next generation of skateboarders. What could be better than seeing a skateboarder from the small town of Kimberley, South Africa compete one day in the Olympic Games.”

The Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup will be broadcast live in South Africa on SuperSport and distributed globally in 173 countries reaching over 600 million homes worldwide.

Street World Championships Roster

Adem Ustaoglu Turkey
Adrien Bulard France
Alexander Risvad Denmark
Amine Ahmer Lagroun Morocco
Andrew White Scotland
Armand Oelofse Namibia
Aurelien Giraud France
Ben Garcia France
Brian Delatorre USA
Chase Webb USA
Damien Philippe Reunion Island
Danny Leon Spain
David Mwangi Kenya
Demetrio Cuevas Philippines
Denny Pham Germany
Douglas Mwesigwa Uganda
Elisio Luis Mozambique
Eunice Quilantang Philippines
Eric Kirchnir Mauritius
Faheem Balooshi Bahrain
Gideon Lyimo Tanzania
Greg Lutzka USA
Gustavo Servin Mexico
Innocent Sichande Zambia
Jack Olson USA
James Mangaspar Philippines
Jorge Simoes Portugal
JS Lapierre Canada
JT Aultz USA
Karim Alexander Forsberg Egypt
Kelvin Wanjohi Kenya
Keith Walsh Ireland
Kenneth Evangelista Philippines
Laurent Gence Reunion Island
Lawrence Ravail Reunion Island
Linh Do Vietnam
Luan Oliveira Brazil
Luis Aponte Panama
Luiz Neto Brazil
Martin Pek Czech Republic
Maxim Habanec Czech Republic
Maxim Kruglov Russia
Micky Papa Canada
Nassim Guammaz Netherlands
Kelvin Hoefler Brazil
Nyjah Huston USA
Przemyslaw Wardega Poland
Santino Exenberger Austria
Seydina Gueye Senegal
Sewa Kroetkov Netherlands
Stelio Sakellarides Reunion Island
Vasily Sakellarides Reunion Island
Theirry Finet Reunion Island
Theo Setsetse Botswana
Timmy Knuth USA
TJ Rogers Canada
Tomas Vintr Czech Republic
Tom Remillard USA
Tommy Fynn Australia
Tsiky Imanoela Madagascar
Tyson Bowerbank USA
Vincent Milou France
Willis Kimbel USA
Yoshi Tanenbaum USA
Yuri Facchini Brazil 

Women’s Street Championships Roster

Alana Smith USA
Alexis Sablone USA
Aura Bredart Belgium
Elissa Steamer USA
Gabriella Mazetto Brazil
Kat Williams Australia
Kate Shengeliya Russia
Lacey Baker USA
Leticia Bufoni Brazil
Marissa Dal Santo USA
Samarria Brevard USA
Vanessa Torres USA

Vert Championships Roster

Alex Perelson USA
Andy Macdonald USA
Elliot Sloan USA
Jimmy Wilkins USA
Jono Schwan USA
Mitchie Brusco USA
Marcelo Bastos Brazil
Moto Shibata Japan
Paul-Luc Ronchetti England
Pierre- Luc Gagnon Canada
Rony Gomes Brazil
Sam Beckett England
Sandro Dias Brazil

 

2015 Skateboarding World Championships Events Schedule

Wednesday, October 7

African Continental Championships – women’s street (3 p.m. SAST*) and men’s vert (4 p.m. SAST)

Thursday, October 8

African Continental Championships – Rider Cup team qualifiers (1 p.m. SAST*)

Women’s Street Skateboarding World Championships (6:30 p.m. SAST*/9:30 a.m. PDT/12:30 p.m. EDT)

Friday, October 9

African Continental Championships – Rider Cup team finals (4:30 p.m. SAST*)

Street Skateboarding World Championships – open qualifier (1 p.m. SAST*)

Vert World Championships (7-8:30 p.m. SAST*/10-11:30 a.m. PDT/1-2:30 p.m. EDT) LIVE WEBCAST

Saturday, October 10

African Continental Championships Street and Top Grom (12-2 p.m. SAST*)

Street World Championships – finals (7-9 p.m. SAST*/10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT/1-3 p.m. EDT) LIVE WEBCAST

*SAST is South Africa Standard Time. It is 9 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

About Kimberley Diamond Cup

The World Skateboarding Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup is a partnership between South Africa’s Northern Cape Provincial Government, World Skateboarding Grand Prix and Kumba Iron Ore. Located 300 miles southwest of Johannesburg in the Northern Cape Province, Kimberley was the location of South Africa’s first diamond mine, thus its nickname, “The Diamond City.” For the latest news and information go to www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is an international skateboarding event 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. For the latest news and information on the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.

Scotty Laird Wins US Skateboarding Championships: Earns Trip to South Africa to Compete in Skateboarding World Championships

September 2nd, 2015 Posted by Articles, News, Press Releases, Skate Industry No Comment yet

Scotty Laird Wins US Skateboarding Championships: Earns Trip to South Africa to Compete in Skateboarding World Championships

Regional Qualifying Contests Held at Nation’s Top Independent Skate Shops Over the Summer; Winners Competed in Finals Aug. 29 in Washington D.C.

Sacramento, CA– (September 02, 2015) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) — the leading global skateboarding events management company — announced today that Scotty Laird won the first-ever U.S. Skateboarding Championships held in Washington D.C. on Saturday, August 29. Laird qualified for the finals after winning the Kansas City, Missouri regional qualifiers hosted by Escapist Skateboarding. Yoshi Tanenbaum, who qualified at Pitcrew in Maryland, placed second and also won the Best Trick contest. Finalists earned spots by placing in the top three in regional competitions held in nine cities over the summer. The first place winners received paid trips to the finals. Laird’s win earns him a trip to compete in the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa Oct. 7-10.

The qualifying contests were held at nine of the leading independent skate retailers across the country, including: Pitcrew (Frederick, Maryland), Uprise (Chicago), Shrunkenhead Skateboards (Portland), Escapist Skateboarding (Kansas City, Missouri), KCDC (New York), Skate Works & One Way (San Jose and Santa Maria, California), 3rd Lair (Minneapolis), Hazard County (Atlanta) and Rhythm Skate Shop (Dallas).

“I’ve spent the past couple of years getting to know Scotty and have traveled with him on a number of skate trips,” said Nick Owen from Escapist Skateboarding. “The dude is always on turbo in everything he does; the best hype man you could ever have in skateboarding or anything else really. Scotty’s energy and positive outlook on life make him always fun to skate with, hangout with, party with, travel with or whatever. I am proud to call him my friend and no one in Kansas City was surprised that he won. Scotty is a pro — the world just doesn’t know it yet. Remember this: Scotty is LOUD!”

2015 U.S. Skateboarding Championship Results:

1) Scotty Laird – representing Escapist in Kansas City, Missouri

2) Yoshi Tanenbaum – representing Pitcrew in Frederick, Maryland

3) Eli Williams – representing Hazard County in Atlanta, Georgia

4) Braden Stelma – representing Skate Works/One Way in Santa Maria, California

5) Dillon Aguilar – representing Escapist in Kansas City, Missouri

6) Corey Huber – representing Pitcrew in Frederick, Maryland

7) Taylor Bray – representing Rhythm Skate Shop in Dallas, Texas

8) Brennan Booth – representing Shrunkenhead Skateboards in Portland, Oregon

9) Jonathon Reese – representing 3rd Lair in Minneapolis, Minnesota

10) Gavin Nolan – representing KCDC in Brooklyn, New York

11) Hugo Flores – representing Pitcrew Skate Shop in Frederick, Maryland

12) Joel Esch – representing Escapist in Kansas City, Missouri

13) Elijah Rashad – representing 3rd Lair in Minneapolis, Minnesota

14) Cole Wayka – representing 3rd Lair in Minneapolis, Minnesota

15) Dakota Camp – representing Rhythm Skate Shop in Dallas, Texas

The format for the finals was a single elimination, head-to-head bracket-style format, widely hailed as the most innovative and exciting format for contests today. The U.S. Skateboarding Championships are sanctioned by the World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding.

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 imporished communities. WSGP events including the Rider Cup Team Championships, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, the U.S. Skateboarding Championships, and the World Skateboarding Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. For the latest news and information on the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.worldskateboarding.com. To view WSGP’s corporate site, go to www.worldskateboardinginternational.com.

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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