|Adam Taylor training at Kimberley for the Maloof Money Cup South Africa 2012|
It’s the biggest time of the year for the South African Skateborading scene and most of the biggest names on the global skateboarding scene are descending on South Africa in the final run-up to the world’s greatest skateboarding event, the 2012 Maloof Money Cup world skateboarding championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore. Skaters from the US are complaining that the plane ride is taking anywhere from 36 hours to three days to arrive in South Africa, but isn’t that a small price to pay for being at the forefront of the South African skateboard scene?
Two pro tours are hitting towns and cities across the country before the competition kicks off in Kimberley, at the weekend.
The Deathwish Baker riders, Lizard King and Brian Herman joined the last leg of the Skateboarding for Hope community outreach initiative for demonstrations and training clinics in the Northern Cape mining towns of Kathu and Postmasburg at the weekend.
Skateboarding for Hope is a joint initiative between Maloof Skateboarding and the Northern Cape government to introduce the youth of South Africa to skateboarding as an affordable, accessible lifestyle alternative.
The Famous Stars and Straps Pro Tour starring Manny Santiago, Kurtis Colamonico, Luis Tolentino and Felix Arguelles will head for Johannesburg, KZN and Cape Town before hitting Kimberley on Thursday to compete in the Maloof contest for their share of the R4m prize purse. Skate fans will enjoy live skate demos and street skating with these professional American skateboarders.
Maloof CEO, Tim McFerran, said they were excited about this year’s pro tours. “The growth of skateboarding in South Africa is unmatched anywhere in the world. These tours will help to continue the growth and excitement about the sport. It is a great opportunity for local fans to see their heroes in action.
This year's pro vert skaters include Alex Perelson, Bob Burnquist, last year's winner Pierre Luc Gagnon, Sandro Dias, Elliot Sloan, Andy MacDonald, Adam Taylor, Danny Mayer and 12-year-old Tom Schaar. Schaar is the young newcomer who set a world record as the first skater to ever successfully land a 1080. He landed the huge trick again in the X Games Asia earlier this year to win the Mini Mega Gold.
The Maloof World Vert Championships will take place Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30.
The Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships takes place in Kimberley this weekend you can watch the full coverage including a live feed here on isTia.Tv. Details of the Live Webcast soon.
Adapted from: The New Age