Diamond Cup takes it up a gear for JHB Grand Slam

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The Kimberley Diamond Cup Grand Slam presented by Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, is taking skateboarding to a completely new level. The regional qualifiers in Johannesburg will form part of The Clarkson, Hammond & May LIVE show at The Dome from 12-14 June and promise skateboarding fans non-stop, hi-octane entertainment.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back in this action-packed 90 minute arena show with new, never before seen sequences and a world-leading stunt team. However, this year top South African skateboarders will join in the action at a custom-built skate facility adjacent to the arena to wow the crowds with jaw-dropping skating sequences.

According to Tim McFerran from World Skateboarding Grand Prix, this is yet another way of introducing the sport of skateboarding to a broader audience. “Our mission is to promote skateboarding as an alternative sport to the youth of South Africa. By aligning the Kimberley Diamond Cup with this live action motoring theatre show, which draws capacity crowds around the globe, as well as partner sponsors such as Red Bull, we create a new platform to showcase the sport of skateboarding. Once again, we’re taking the Grand Slam into a new venue and introducing a different audience to the magic of skateboarding,” says McFerran.

South Africa’s top skateboarders are expected to turn up for this adrenaline-packed performance. On Friday, 12 June, skaters can participate in an open practice session from 14h00 – 17h00. The KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifier contest will take place on Saturday, 13 June, between 11h00 – 16h00, while the contest finals will go down on Sunday between 12h00 and 16h00.

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According to John Block, MEC for the Department of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Provincial Government, the inclusion of the Grand Slam in this mega-event is an indication of where the Kimberley Diamond Cup is positioned internationally. “Kimberley Diamond Cup is currently one of the four biggest brands in competition skateboarding. We have received global recognition at the Global Skateboarding Summit for our skate park and our effort to develop and promote skateboarding in South Africa. Presenting the Johannesburg Grand Slam on a stage that will attract global attention is further proof that KDC is increasingly perceived and recognised as a dynamic action sport brand, both locally and internationally,” mentions Block.
The contest will include a Rider Cup team competition, a Top Grom competition for skaters aged thirteen and under and an Open Street element for contestants aged fourteen and older, which will see the winner issued with a wild card entry into the SA street championships of the Kimberley Diamond Cup Skateboarding World Championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore that will take place in Kimberley from 7 – 10 October.

Tickets are available on www.clarksonhammondandmaylive.co.za or by calling 086 1000 291. As a special Father’s Day treat, tickets for both Friday shows are now available at a 20% discount.

For further information, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or connect with us on Twitter at KDiamondCup #kdcskate and KimberleyDiamondCup on Facebook.

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