The skateboarding world championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore kicked off today with the SA women’s street and SA vert championships. Johannesburg skater Kelly Murray lifted the trophy for the second year running with Kimberley locals Boipelo Awuah and Natalie Bramley placing second and third respectively.
Skating in sweltering heat at the world-class Kumba Skate Plaza in the Northern Cape capital of Kimberley, both Murray and the 9-year old Awuah qualified for the Women’s Street World Championships taking place at 18h30 on Thursday.
26-year-old Murray has been skating for eight years and admits to being very nervous about skating with some of her icons. “Since I got a board for Christmas, I have been following these girls on the internet and watching them skate. It is exciting, yet nerve-wracking to think about going up against them.
In the SA Vert Championship, another Kimberley local showed homeground supremacy with 14-year-old Damian Bramley taking the trophy and Graham Denoon of Roodepoort second and Dallas Oberholzer of KwaZulu-Natal finishing third.
The women’s street roster includes Americans Alana Smith, Alexis Sablone, Elissa Steamer, Lacey Baker, Marissa Dal Santo and Vanessa Torres, Aura Bredart from Belgium, Brazilians Gabriella Mazetto and Leticia Bufoni as well as Kat Williams from Australia and Russian Kate Shengeliya.
Thursday will also see the first-ever African Street Skateboarding Championships taking place with participants representing fourteen African countries vying for the title.