The Skateboarding for Hope tour presented by Vans celebrated Mandela Day at the new Key West Skate Plaza in Krugersdorp on Saturday, 18 July 2015. Close to 100 competitors arrived to try out the new park and compete for some serious cash prizes.
With Krugersdorp being a completely new location for the Skateboarding for Hope series, organisers were excited to see skaters from all over Gauteng pitching up. For Evan Binge, Yann Horowitz and Daniel Miltiadou, the many transitions incorporated in the park design played to their strengths and allowed them to show off their skills, while other skaters made good use of marble ledges and flatbar.
Evan Binge eventually took top spot in the open division for skaters 14 and older with Yann Horowitz in second place and Ofentse Ramakanye scoring third place with some impressive slides on the bar.
In the Top Grom division for skaters aged thirteen and younger, the 11-year-old Stylianou twins Brian and Michael once again showed their superior skills by finishing first and second respectively. Young Ashton Banwell placed third and earned his first podium finish. The youngster has become a well-known face at local contests, having competed in all the Gauteng Skateboarding for Hope events this season.
As part of the Skateboarding for Hope community outreach initiative, Children from Child in Crisis at the Bethany House Trust received brand-new skateboards and participated in a skateboarding clinic before watching some of South Africa’s top skateboarders in action.
The Skateboarding for Hope tour forms part of the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s youth development programme and introduces South African youth to skateboarding, both as a leisure activity and a platform for social development. Since its inception five years ago, Skateboarding for Hope has travelled throughout the country engaging with more than 100 000 people and has handing out more than 5 000 pairs of shoes, 10 000 T-shirts and almost 5 000 skateboards.
The Northern Cape has become synonymous with skateboarding and its capital city Kimberley is the proud home to the world-class Kumba Skate Plaza, recently voted as the Skate Park of the Year at a global awards ceremony, as well as the Kimberley Diamond Cup skateboarding world championship presented by Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American. The 2015 event will take place from 7-10 October and promises to attract top professional skateboarders from around the globe, while also providing the opportunity for local skaters to showcase their skills.
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photo: Rudi Jeggle