Event Recap: KDC Grand Slam Durban Regional Qualifiers

The KDC Grand Slam Durban Regional Qualifiers went down on 16-17 July, 2016 at Durban Beachfront Skatepark as a part of DBN X Fest. Durban’s top skaters made it out to the Beachfront park for their share of the R5ok prize purse and a spot in the KDC South African Championships, TopGrom South African Championships, and Rider Cup Championships.

In the end, Khule Ngubane took the spot in the Open Division finals and the best trick for the weekend and TopGrom MVP Jamie De Villiers once again dominated in the 13- division. The Durban Dirtbags team reclaimed their title in the Rider Cup division, solidifying their spot in the Rider Cup Championships this October at KDC. Thanks to our partners and sponsors for making everything possible: DC Shoes, Northern Cape Tourism, Red Bull, World Skateboarding, DBN X FST, and to Pragmatics & Old School Productions behind the scenes.

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to everyone for coming out to support local Durban skateboarding!

Check out the results and some content from the event here.


Open Div.

1. Khule Ngubane – R12 000

2. Braxton Haine – R7 000

3. Alan Marola – R4 000


1. Jamie De Villiers – R1 500 DC Shoes voucher

2. Tristan Mclellan – R1 000 DC Shoes voucher

3. Jeremy Lawrence Lawrence – R500 DC Shoes voucher

Rider Cup

Durban Dirtbags –¬†R10 000

Braxton Haine

Thariq Makyuni

Chris Nderitu

George van Blerk

Best Trick

Khule Ngubane – BS 270 lipslide – R2 000


Full house for the show! These kids were amped.


Nkosi Dlamini, smith grind.


Suhail Kader 5050s across and down.


Kalvyn Mac Millan, FS tail skidder.


Jonothon Solomon, hardflip.


Braxton Haine, BS smith. Braxton didn’t even bail one of these the whole weekend.


Khule Ngubane, switch frontside lip.


GVB, FSB. Frontside blunt for the Durban Dirtbags team.


Chris Nderitu comes through with the BS heel on the hip.


Sam Khumalo and Thalente Biyela on the mic. It’s great to see Thalente back on SA soil after spending the last 4 years in the US pursuing skateboarding!


Kimberley skater Damian Bramley boosts a FS air from the quarter to the bank.


Alan Marola, BS 180 nosegrind.


Jamie De Villiers, bluntslide. Jamie has won every contest that he’s entered this year, the kid is unstoppable!


Tristan Mclellan killed it. 5050 across and down.


The final match came down to Braxton Haine vs Khule Ngubane. It was intense!


Braxton cruises through a quick fifty down the rail. Braxton was the only one to touch this thing all weekend.


Khule Ngubane seals the deal with a BS noseblunt.


The future of South African skateboarding! Tristan Mclellan, Jamie De Villiers, and Jeremy Lawrence Lawrence killed it. Congrats, guys!


Shout out to Rider Cup team Durban Dirtbags for securing a spot in the Rider Cup SA Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup!


Big ups to the Open Div. finalists Braxton Haine, Khule Ngubane, and Alan Marola.


Congrats to all the winners! Until next time, Durban.

Photos by Daniel Theron

Video by Mike Chinner

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