What a crazy way to kick off a year full of KDC events. Ultimate X welcomed KDC in the house this year and integrated our season’s first KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifier into the program. The event went down at the Grand West Casino Arena in Cape Town which was a crazy atmosphere for all the competing skaters to be immersed in. Lots of pyrotechnics, backflips, engine revs, and energy drinks stole the show, but in the end, skateboarding was what brought us together.
We had an open qualifier in which 3 skaters advanced to compete alongside the 25 skaters who were already invited to compete in Ultimate X. As Ultimate X was a showcase for all of the best skateboarding the country has to offer, the format was modified to accommodate the event. Alongside the skateboarding contest, the Rider Cup contest was also in the mix in which one 4-man team would win R10k cash and a spot in the Rider Cup Championships this October at KDC. A best trick award was also given for the most impressive trick to go down throughout the course of the weekend.
In the end, Yann Horowitz was unofficially named the MVP as he took the best trick cash prize alongside a 1st place win in the contest! Yann should have a few bucks to last him for a little while. The AKAM team consisting of Moses Adams, Alan Marola, Allan Adams, and Khule Ngubane won the top spot in the Rider Cup and will be competing in the Rider Cup World Championships this October at Kimberley Diamond Cup!
It was an awesome weekend all in all, and we want to give a huge shout out to all of our sponsors who made the event possible: Kumba Iron Ore, Northern Cape Tourism, Ultimate X, Vans, GoPro, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Old School Productions, Pragmatics, and Von Zipper.
We’ll have plenty of videos and photos to check out on our website and social media channels in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled for that. The next KDC Grand Slam will be hitting Durban on 14 June, hopefully we’ll catch you there!
1. Yann Horowitz – R15,000 *
2. Kanya Spani – R6,000 *
3. Moses Adams – R3,000
4. Alan Marola *
5. Allan Adams *
6. Tyler Kammies *
7. Dlamini Dlamini
8. Khule Ngubane
9. Braxton Haine
10. Jean Marc Johannes
11. Josh Chisholm
12. Enwin Gellant
* Top 5 skaters in the KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifiers are automatically seeded into the finals of the KDC South African Championships this October. Moses Adams will skate in the KDC Skateboarding World Championships.
Rider Cup Finals
1. Team AKAM- R10,000
Yann Horowitz- R2,000 (Blunt stall nosegrab out on vert wall)