KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifiers
The KDC Grand Slams are local skateboarding contests designed to identify and develop South Africa’s top skateboarding talent. The world championships in the Northern Cape and subsequent global broadcast coverage have helped to make Kimberley a household name to every skateboarder around the world, and the Grand Slams are the perfect feeder events, offering all South African skaters a chance to shine on a worldwide stage.
The 2016 KDC Grand Slam schedule includes four stops: the first will be in Cape Town featured at Ultimate X at Grandwest Casino on 27 February, and remaining stops will include events in Soweto on 16 June, Durban on 23 July, and Midway Mayhem on 7 May in Kimberley.
Each Grand Slam event is made up of an amateur street contest featuring two age divisions, TopGrom (13-), and Open (14+) and the Rider Cup team competition. The total purse for each event is R50 000, and the top 5 (previously unqualified) placing skaters in the street contest in each age division earns an automatic spot in the TopGrom SA Championships and the KDC South African Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in October. In the Rider Cup, 12 teams of four skaters each compete in a single elimination, head-to-head bracket format contest. The winning team qualifies for a spot at the Rider Cup Championships in October at Kimberley Diamond Cup.
For more information on Rider Cup click HERE
KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifiers – Soweto 16 June
The 3rd KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifier of 2016 is going down on 16 June at Vilakazi St. in Soweto! This is the next chance for Johannesburg area skaters to qualify for the South African Championships this October, and Soweto Regional Qualifiers offers 5 spots to the top 5 previous unqualified skaters in each the TopGrom (ages 13-) and Open Div. (ages 14+) to advance to Kimberley Diamond Cup in October. Additionally, the top Rider Cup team composed of 4 skaters will advance to the Rider Cup Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup. There will also be a best trick jam following the contest, so it’s definitely going to be a heavy session!
KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifiers 2015 Recap
2015 was an amazing year for skateboarding in South Africa and heaps of skaters from all over the country made the hike to one of our several KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifiers events around the country. We started things off in Cape Town at Ultimate X on 27-28 February, to Midway Mayhem in Kimberley on 18 April, moving on to 14 June at The Top Gear Festival at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg, and finishing off at The Durban Beachfront in Durban on 27 June.
Check out some highlights from the 2015 season below and watch this space for updates on confirmed dates and locations for 2016 KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifier events!
Double Dlamini back smith grinds at Ultimate X amidst the flames.
Yann Horowitz took advantage of the tranny-heavy setup at last year’s Ultimate X and went home with R15 000 for landing first place in the Open Division. Backside D. See more Yann from Ultimate X 2015 in this Highlights video here.
Midway Mayhem in Kimberley serves as the halfway point to the Kimberley Diamond Cup main event and brings out skaters from all over South Africa. Here’s Kimberley local Damian Bramley boosting a backside air during the SA Vert contest, exclusive to Midway Mayhem.
Josh Chisholm powers through a frontside blunt down the big 4 rail and into 3rd place at Midway Mayhem. Watch the Midway Mayhem 2015 Video recap here.
Durban ripper Braxton Haine puts down a FS hurricane at the Durban Grand Slam.
No strangers to the podium, Moses Adams, Alan Marola, and Khule Ngubane took 3rd, 1st, and 2nd at the KDC Grand Slam Durban Regional Qualifiers, respectively. Watch these dudes rip our beachside setup here in the Durban video recap.
2013 KDC South African Street Champion Kanya Spani always pulls through to our events and blows minds. Here’s a Bennett grind from Kanya, landing him best trick at the KDC Grand Slam Johannesburg Regional Qualifier. Watch Kanya’s Bennett grind in motion in the Jozi video recap here.
Team Pavement Specials consisting of Anthony de Mendonca, Taylor Sturgess, Adam Woolf, and Shuaib Philander split a cool 10 Gs for taking top spot in the Rider Cup qualifiers at the Johannesburg KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifiers.