Words & Photos: Peridot
Day one of the Kimberley Diamond Cup Skateboarding World Championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore got off to an exciting start with the high flying action of the Big Air World Championships followed by the inaugural Women’s Street World Championships.
Photo credit: Sam Clark
First up was Big Air and Jono Schwan landed a heelflip body varial 360 over the gap to a 900 on the quarterpipe, earning him the title and a $22,000 cash prize.
The inaugural Women’s Street Championships featured standout performances by Alexis Sablone (kickflip front 50-50) and Brazilian Pamela Rosa (frontside boardside the big rail), but it was Samarria Brevard, who ripped the entire course and front-180’d the entire manual pad. “I was very nervous before we started skating, but I’m so excited having won!” said Brevard. “My mom was worried because I had to travel on my own to get here – it’s my first time out of the country – but both of my parents are very supportive of me skateboarding and will be so happy for me!”
The first day of competition ended with a concert featuring dance performances and popular South African musicians followed by a 15-minute fireworks show.
“It was a great start of what promises to be a fantastic weekend of skateboarding,” said Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “Skateboarders have travelled from all over the world, from 37 countries, and today we saw just a small preview of the caliber of skateboarding we’re in store for this weekend.”
Women’s Street World Championships Top Three
1. Samarria Brevard ($15,000)
2. Alexis Sablone ($10,000)
3. Pamela Rosa ($5,000)
Big Air World Championships Top Three
1. Jono Schwan ($22,000)
2. Elliott Sloan ($15,000)
3. Clay Kreiner ($10,000)
Click here for the full results from Day One of the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup.
Webcast Schedule – Watch LIVE at www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com
• Saturday, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT Vert World Championships
• Sunday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT Street World Championships
Live TV broadcast on Supersport
· Saturday, 19h00 – 20h30
· Sunday, 16h30 – 18h30
The official events of the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup are the Women’s Street Championships, Vert World Championships, Street World Championships, Big Air 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 Youth Street Championships.
The Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup will also feature a headline performance by U.S. rapper Lil Jon on Saturday night as well as an exciting line-up of top South African performers including DJ Ready D, LCNVL, Jed Nery and Prime Circle.
For the full 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup Schedule of Events and official roster, visit www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com. Follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The official hashtags of the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships are #worldskatechamps and #KDCskate. Check out the official event photostream at www.Flickr.com/photos/kimberleydiamondcup.
About Kimberley Diamond Cup
The annual Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships 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 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.