Local skateboarding enthusiasts will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get first-hand coaching from the top vert skateboarder in the world in the run-up to the 2012 Maloof Money Cup world skateboarding championships. Pierre Luc Gagnon, also known as PLG, was crowned as vert world champion after an amazing skateboarding display at last year’s contest in Kimberley and will be back to defend his title this year from 28 – 30 September. PLG has not only dominated the vert contests of the world’s greatest skateboarding event, the Maloof Money Cup, each year, but has also won numerous other contests like X Games and the Dew Tour. He is considered to be the most prolific winner in vert skateboarding history. PLG will be conducting two vert half-pipe clinics at the amazing Maloof Skate Plaza in Kimberley on 24 and 25 September for anyone keen to get some insider info on the challenges of vert skateboarding. The youth clinic will be offered free of charge, but will be limited to the first forty entrants to sign up via the website on www.maloofmoneycup.com. Twenty entrants will be accommodated for each of the 1-day clinics. Successful participants will receive confirmation and will have to be on site from 16h00 – 18h00 daily. Clinic attendants will not only receive personal attention from the world champion, but loads of cool prizes are up for grabs as well. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for young skateboarders to receive personal training from the best vert skateboarder in the world. This is what the Maloof championship is all about – paying it forward, exposing South African youth to the incredible sport of skateboarding and allowing them to hone their skills. By getting world-class skateboarders to actively assist in helping these youngsters will definitely be a huge boost for the sport in the Northern Cape and the rest of the country. It’s like getting training tips from an Olympic gold medal winner,” mentions Tim McFerran of Maloof . . .
The Northern Cape is once again in the spotlight with Kathu being nominated in the Kwêla and Rapport Town of the Year competition. The hugely popular competition is run on a regional basis with towns being nominated to represent each region. The regional winners will go up against each other in August. Kathu means “town under the trees” and was named for the forest of indigenous camel thorn trees in which it is located. This forest is reckoned to be one of only two in the world and has been recognised as a national heritage site. Considered as the iron capital of the Northern Cape, this rustic town has a special ambience that has enticed residents and visitors for years with its unique blend of country-style living and modern development. The town and surrounding areas offer visitors a treasure trove of exciting experiences ranging from abseiling to 4x4 trips, game and bird watching, a recreation resort with camping, fishing and horse-riding facilities as well as a sports club. Visitors can also explore the mining history of the region during a mine tour of the world’s largest open-cast iron mine. Keen golfers should not miss playing a couple of rounds at the beautiful Sishen Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of town, rated as one of the top 20 courses in the country. Accommodation facilities range from luxury four-star lodges, star-graded bed and breakfasts to guests farms or camping facilities. Kathu is located in the heart of the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape, an area world-renowned for its spectacular scenic beauty. With its vast open plains interspersed by the undulating red dunes of the Kalahari desert, the region is perfectly geared for outdoor pursuits ranging from hiking to game viewing and is a gateway to world-famous safari destinations Namibia and Botswana. Do vote for Kathu and ensure its place in the finals, SMS Kathu to 33157 from 29 July till 7 August. Fabulous prizes are up for grabs for anyone who enters the SMS competition, . . .
Speedweek SA in conjunction with the Northern Cape Tourism Authority will be hosting the inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek event at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape from 22 – 30 September 2012. The epic club event will simulate the legendary Bonneville Speedweek hosted in Utah, USA and promises South African motoring enthusiasts the experience of a lifetime. Different classes of vehicles and motorcycles ranging from pre-war classics to modern-day supercars and superbikes will be eligible to participate in the competition, which will be a timed race over a track featuring a 7km straight. According to Sharron Lewis, CEO of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, the first Kalahari Desert Speedweek is yet another mega-event that will showcase the enormous potential of South Africa’s largest province to host extreme and adventure sport events. “The province has a unique appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and Hakskeenspan is fast becoming world-renowned for its exceptional offerings to motoring enthusiasts and scientists alike. The first edition of the Kalahari Desert Speedweek will share the location of Hakskeenspan with the global BLOODHOUND Project, which will attempt to set a new world land-speed record attempt of 1600km per hours in 2014. Obviously, this will draw the global media spotlight to our province, but it will also be a platform to introduce our infrastructure and technical expertise to a global audience and serve as community upliftment opportunity for this area of the Northern Cape,” mentions Lewis. The Mier Community Trust Fund has been established with this purpose in mind and local community members will be trained as marshals and scrutineers for Speedweek. It is expected that between 50 and 80 temporary jobs will be created by the event. In addition, Speedweek organisers will also invest in the installation of a reverse osmosis water purifier to kick-start a water bottling project, owned and managed by the fund. A percentage of the net profits . . .