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Thursday, September 20, 2012

South Africa ready to receive Maloof Money Cup

Thomas Kring. South Africa Photo Jared-Aufrichtig
South Africa ready to receive Maloof Money Cup

 On September 29-30, the city of Kimberly, in South Africa will host the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships. Among the pros competing for the $100,000 top prize in the street competition will be Leo Romero, Andrew Reynolds, Lizard King, Ryan Decenzo, Manny Santiago, Tommy Fynn, Alex Perelson, Bob Burnquist, Sandro Dias, Andy MacDonald, Adam Taylor and 12-year-old Tom Schaar, the first skater to land a 1080.

Also present will be Pierre-Luc Gagnon who will defend his title.PLG (Pierre Luc Gagnon) Gagnon will also host a clinic for South African skateboarders before competing for the top prize of $75,000, the biggest in vert skateboarding.

 In a first in skateboarding, the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships will be broadcast to 580 movie theaters across the United States on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

It was the prefect occasion to pass the mike to someone who knows very well the South African skateboarding: Jared Aufrichtig. Jared is an artist originally from Long Beach, CA currently missioning the globe pursuing his passions and immersed in art, music, skateboarding and surfing. He recently spent over 6 years working on Expressions Book One South Africa a massive coffee table book about South Africa, its youth culture and all the things that make SA the interesting and unique place it is.

This is Jared report’s directly from South Africa:

Dlamini-Dlamini Jeffrey's Bay South Africa Photo Jared-Aufrichtig
I have been pushing a skateboard since my dad’s good friend, Shaun Tomson gave me a Madrid single tail for my birthday as a child (about 91-92). In more recent years I was reintroduced to skating transition by the riders I was photographing. I really enjoyed the more direct connection to surfing (which has been part of my life since before I can remember). In addition I wanted to be dedicated to my art and photography, I also didn’t want to be a spectator photog like the ones I made fun of in surfing. Fast forward…. Now if there is a pool, bowl or mini I’m on it… 

Skateboarding in South Africa has travelled a long hard road filled with cracks and bumps. To say the least it has not been smooth as marble, although a few small core groups in different areas across South Africa have kept this sport of kings, going through decades of issues and even the f-ing apartheid. So to those few core cats I commend you and you know who u are, there is no need for name dropping. They are the reason skateboarding in SA still rolls on strong and they paved the way for the future of South African skateboarding, which looks bright with support including one of the largest skateboard competitions in the world the Maloof Money Cup coming next month to a small city in the middle of Africa!

To get u ready here is a classic selection of skateboard images featuring some of SA’s top rippers and a few familiar faces. Also be on the look out for Dlamini Dlamini who was recently ripping it up in San Diego and Long Beach as well as Moses Adams repin’ SA at the Red Bull Manny Mania Finals in NYC. Big up Moses, Enjoy-

Follow Jared on Instagram - @expressions_inc

Ben Raemers Stellenbosch. South Africa Skateboarding 2012 Photo Jared Aufrichtig
Braxton Haine Durban South Africa Photo Jared Aufrichtig
Brian Schaefer. INDIGO SA Photo Jared Aufrichtig
Chris Haslam. Tokai mini Cape Town South Africa Photo Jared Aufrichtig
Dallas Oberholzer Highshool break. South Africa Photo Jared Aufrichtig
James Wong Durbanville South africa Photo Jared Aufrichtig
Dave de Witt at Indigo Pool, South Africa. Photo Jared-Aufrichtig
Moses Adams. Cape Town, South Africa. Photo Jared Aufrichtig

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