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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  announced the roster and schedule 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 and winner Yoshi Tanenbaum, 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,



African Continental Championships


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.

Skateboarding World Championships Schedule

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.


 


U.S. Sports Editor

Leigh Roche


Leigh is a U.S. writer based in Pittsburgh. She is a sports columnist for
NewsPronto and Business Daily Media / Rogers Digital Media. She created and wrote the action sports vertical  for International News Magazine, and is an On the Blog contributor for Huffington Post, where she writes about mindful living.


She has written freelance and in-house non-fiction for print, online, and for educational purposes - news articles and editorial, website and blog content- and she has expertise in various social media platforms.


Leigh is a long-time student of yoga and mindfulness meditation, and she brings this to her writing as well as her work with kids and business clients. Her background includes experience as an educator/art educator and she provides therapeutic support to kids on the autism spectrum.


She began skateboarding in the 70s and still enjoys doing that occasionally, as well as riding her bike. An unabashed fan of skateboarding and BMX for many years, Leigh brings an historical perspective, knowledge, and love of action sports to her writing.  


“Action sports are where adrenaline, art, architecture, the outdoors, energy, visual media and music, as well as movement and meditation intersect;  they are global constantly evolving art forms.”

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