Kimberley in the Northern Cape is preparing for an epic skateboarding battle when ten teams from cities and towns across South Africa battle it out in the Maloof All-City Contest on Thursday, 27 September from 11h00 to 16h00, at the Maloof Skate Plaza.
To date, teams from Kuruman, Kimberley, Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Jeffreys Bay and Johannesburg have entered the contest, which will see each team member compete in a head-to-head format on various sections and obstacles at the state-of-the-art state park. Top local skateboarders will be seen in action as the four-man teams compete for the total prize money of R14 000.
According to Tim McFerran of Maloof Skateboarding, the All-City Contest is a new, unique and innovative twist to skateboarding and is being tried for the first time in Kimberley. “We have always wanted to do all-cities, team-oriented contest, where strategy and co-operation will play an important role. I believe that the growth of skateboarding and the vastly improved skills of the South Africans present a great opportunity to start it right here in South Africa. This will be a fun, yet competitive way to ascertain which city has the best skateboarders in South Africa. Some of our top pro skateboarders from the States will help judge the contest and I am sure we are going to see super-exciting skateboarding,” states McFerran.
The Maloof All-City Contest will be a scene setter for the greatest skateboarding event in the world, the Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships, which will take place at the Maloof Skate Plaza in Kimberley from 28 – 30 September 2012. The who’s who of street and vert skateboarders will be descending on the province in an attempt to take the biggest prize purse in skateboarding history. The winning city will hold the Maloof All-City title until the next Maloof championship event in 2013.
The Maloof Money Cup South Africa is presented by Kumba Iron Ore and is a joint initiative between the Northern Cape provincial government and Maloof Skateboarding. The competition aims at introducing the sport of skateboarding to the youth of South Africa as an accessible, affordable lifestyle alternative. MEC John Block of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism sees the All-City Contest as the fruition of this vision. “It is amazing to realise what we have achieved within the past two years by bringing skateboarding to the youth of this country and to see how they have embraced the sport.
The prowess of the individual skateboarders in the different teams is very impressive and this will definitely be a tremendous showcase for their talents. It is definitely a validation of our decision to promote this sport and I am convinced that South Africa will produce world-class skateboarders within the near future,” explains Block.
Entries to participate in All-City contest are now closed, while entry will be free to the skateboarding enthusiasts at the Maloof Skate Plaza, Kimberley. Tickets for the Maloof Money Cup South Africa are now available from Computicket outlets, Shoprite and Checkers stores countrywide. Entry to the skate park is free on Friday for the qualifying rounds, opening ceremony and Maloof mini-concert. Entry tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost R50 per person, while a weekend pass is available at R80 per person.
For more information, visit www.maloofmoneycup.com or www.experiencenortherncape.com.
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