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World Skateboarding Grand Prix

October 04, 2014 17:16 ET

Jimmy Wilkins Wins Vert Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

Nyjah Huston to Face International Roster in Street Semi-Finals Sunday, Seven Countries Represented in Top 12

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - October 04, 2014) - The second day of the Skateboarding World Championships heated up with the Rider Cup Team Championships, the Vert World Championships and the Qualifiers for the Street World Championships on Sunday.

Jimmy Wilkins (USA) took home the vert world title, Elliot Sloan (USA) placed second and Sandro Dias (BRA) grabbed third. Wilkins cemented his win in his third run which included a kickflip lein melon, 540 ollie, 6-foot frontside ollie, backside 540 and an alley-oop-tailgrab 540.

"Jimmy's had a freaking insane year. Everyone's always super hyped to see his runs," said fellow vert skater Elliot Sloan, who placed 2nd in Big Air and 3rd in the vert contest. "He has the best frontside ollies in the business for sure and some of the craziest combos." 

The Street qualifiers showcased some incredible skateboarding from 37 countries. More than 50 skaters competed in the open street qualifier with the Top 12 advancing to the semi-finals Sunday. The top 12 are:

1. Nyjah Huston (USA -Huntington Beach, California)

2. Louie Lopez (USA - Hawthorne, California)

3. Tommy Fynn (Australia)

4. Kelvin Hoefler (Brazil)

5. Tyson Bowerbank (USA - Salt Lake City, UT)

6. Matt Berger (Canada)

7. Dlamini Dlamini (South Africa)

8. Nassim Guammaz (Netherlands)

9. Tom Knox (United Kingdom)

10. Micky Papa (Canada)

11. TJ Rogers (Canada)

12. Jereme Knibbs (USA - Tampa, FL)

"The diversity in terms of nationality of the top 12 proves just how much skateboarding talent there is outside of the U.S.," said Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. "Skateboarding fans in South Africa witnessed a world first with over 37 countries represented in a single contest. It was great to see local South African skater Dlamini Dlamini showing off talent that puts him on par with the best in the world. That is definitely an indication of how much skateboarding has grown and improved in South Africa, which was one of our goals when we brought it to the Northern Cape."

Webcast Schedule - Watch LIVE at www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com

Street Skateboarding World Championships

Sunday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

The official events of the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup are the Women's Street Championships, Vert World Championships, Street World Championships, Big Air Championships, Rider Cup Team Skateboarding Championships as well as four national championship events for South African skaters, including Girl's Street Championships, Vert Championships, Street Championships and the Youth Street Championships. 

Saturday's championships were capped off by a special concert featuring top South African acts including DJ Ready D, LCNVL, Jed Nery and Prime Circle followed by a headline performance by U.S. rapper Lil Jon.

For the full 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup Schedule of Events and Results, visit www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com. Follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The official hashtags of the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships are #worldskatechamps and #KDCskate. Check out the official event photostream at www.Flickr.com/photos/kimberleydiamondcup.

About Kimberley Diamond Cup

The annual Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships is a partnership between South Africa's Northern Cape Provincial Government, World Skateboarding Grand Prix and Kumba Iron Ore. Located 300 miles southwest of Johannesburg in the Northern Cape Province, Kimberley was the location of South Africa's first diamond mine, thus its nickname, "The Diamond City." For the latest news and information go to www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is an international skateboarding event management company. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism while supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For the latest news and information on the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.

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    Lee and London PR
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