Sunday in South Africa: Kimberley Diamond Cup and Tourist Mission

Sunday in South Africa was a packed day of ripping skateboarding combined with a tourist mission in the city and the bush. I've got a few photos for you, a cell phone edit, and Clem and Porpe's Saturday episode of Build Skateboarding for our friends at CA PROductions.

Sunday in South Africa: Kimberley Diamond Cup and Tourist Mission

Posted by Rob Meronek 8 years ago on October 2nd, 2013
Sunday in South Africa was a packed day of ripping skateboarding combined with a tourist mission in the city and the bush. I've got a few photos for you, a cell phone edit, and Clem and Porpe's Saturday episode of Build Skateboarding for our friends at CA PROductions.

Saturday at Kimberley Diamond Cup with Clem and Porpe

Cell Phone Edit: Sunday in South Africa

Photography: Image Swiper

Photography: Direct Links

Direct links to all the images in this set are below.


This Meerkat is Insta Famous

We started Sunday off with an early morning safari before having to get to work. This meerkat is Insta famous now.

Meerkats as Household Pets

He's a household pet at the owner's house that took us out on his land to see giraffes, bush pigs, random varmit, and things with horns.

Ryan Clements Donates in South Africa

Over at the Contest, Ryan Clements recycles his old stuff by bringing large, checked baggage full of gear to give out to the kids here. They're so appreciative it's amazing. As I was walking back to the hotel, a group of kids said, "We don't skate, but we want to so bad. Can we have your skateboard?" My heart melted and I gave it to them. Check the footage in my cell phone edit.

Neal Hendrix Donates in South Africa
Neal Hendrix Photo

Neal Hendrix brought a bunch of extra gear, too. This kid has a nice upgrade on that "center cart in the mall" shirt.

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Cutting Potatoes in South Africa

There's a full on festival next to the contest going on all weekend. These dudes are peeling potatoes and making fresh fries.

Neal Hendrix Woodward in South Africa
Neal Hendrix Photo

Neal's passing out the Woodward gear, too. Catch Damn Am Woodward West next week if you're around Tehachapi.

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Braxton Hane Wins South African Am 2013
Braxton Haine Photo

Congrats to Braxton Hane for winning the South African Am Street Contest today.

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Felipe Gustavo Frontside Flip Over the Rail
Felipe Gustavo Photo

I caught Felipe in my arms after he caught this frontside flip over the rail.

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Micky Papa Switch Ollie at Kimberley Diamond Cup
Micky Papa Photo

Micky Papa warming up with a tucked switch ollie.

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Nyjah Huston Nollie Noseblunt Slide at Kimberley Diamond Cup
Nyjah Huston Photo

In the brackets, Nyjah Huston skated nearly his entire four minute Jams with no falls. That's a nollie noseblunt slide.

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Matt Berger at Kimberley Diamond Cup
Matt Berger Photo

Matt Berger hooks up the hyped kids. These are some of the most live and excited crowds we've ever seen.

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Louie Lopez Fakie Hurrican at Kimberley Diamond Cup
Louie Lopez Photo

Louie Lopez shocked a lot of people this weekend when they realized how he grew a foot and was skating so much better than he already was. That's a fakie hurricane.

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Jeff Pang and Porpe at Kimberley Diamond Cup
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

Jeff Pang with Porpe, who announced his first contest this weekend with pros and top ams. He's on his way to becoming a well rounded media personality from shooting photos to entertaining you on the mic.

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Porpe Announces Kimberley Diamond Cup
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

I don't think Porpe's Monster cup has Monster in it.

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Nyjah Huston Asphalt Yacht Club at Kimberley Diamond Cup
Nyjah Huston Photo

Nyjah changed shirts a few times during the Finals.

Profile: Nyjah Huston
South African Skateboard Trophy Girls
Rob Meronek Photo

I had to pause for a photo with the trophy girls.

Profile: Rob Meronek
Jagger and Jett Eaton with the Locals in South Africa
Jagger Eaton Photo

Jagger and Jett Eaton with the locals.

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The Awards at Kimberley Diamond Cup 2013
Jagger Eaton Photo

The media frenzy at the awards.

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Congrats Nyjah Huston Kimberley Diamond Cup 2013
Nyjah Huston Photo

Congrats Nyjah on a one million Rand payday.

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Kuba Iron Ore Kimberley Diamond Cup 2013
Nyjah Huston Photo

Thanks to the people from Kuba Iron Ore for backing the event.

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Music Performance at Kimberley Diamond Cup 2013

Right after the awards, we've got an interesting and wacky performance by this doll.

Music Performance Dancers at Kimberley Diamond Cup 2013

Her Asian backup dancers make it legit.

James Craig and Mike Anderson in South Africa
Mike Anderson Photo

Afterwards, it's kicking it in the lobby looking sophisticated with James Craig and Mike Anderson.

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Ryan Clements, James Hardy, and Shak
James Hardy Photo

Ryan Clements, James Hardy, and Peter aka Shak. Years ago when this was a Maloof series and we were in the planning stages of all these events, Shak suggested the head to head format for the Finals. We've been using it ever since and it has produced some amazing skating and very entertaining progress in the Finals for all of us skateboard spectators.

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The Kimberley Club in South Africa

Our big dinner after the Contest is over is at the Kimberley Club, one of the best meals we've had over the years here.

The Kimberley Club in South Africa

The Kimberley Club has some amazing history to it. Up until fairly recently, women were not allowed in this dudes only chill out zone.

Porpe at The Kimberley Club in South Africa
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

I think they're still excluding women from the pool room these days.

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Taxidermy at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

It's manly as hell in here with heads like this all around the walls.

Smoking Room at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

Next door is the smoking room where men retire to have conversation probably about the women not allowed in here.

Carpet at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

A nice contraption that allows for easy replacement and/or cleaning of the stair carpeting.

Stairs at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

It's got a real fancy feel to it here, but a full dinner with beers and all the extras is no more than about $15. This is one of the few places we travel to that isn't expensive.

Paul Zitzer at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

Paul Zitzer on the golf course size pool tables.

James Hardy at The Kimberley Club in South Africa
James Hardy Photo

James Hardy in front of a lot of green before dinner.

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Deer at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

Porpe got the deer or something.

Dining at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

The dimly lit dining room was our private room to discuss all things skateboarding. The diversity of the table led to some of the best commentary you'll ever hear. We had business dudes like Clem and I, pros like Mike Anderson and James Hardy, ex pros and skate nerds like Jason Rothmeyer and James Craig, skateboard sophisticates like Paul Zitzer, and even a pro vert skater, Andy MacDonald. Thanks for the good times, ya'll.

Food Fetish at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

Pause for a food fetish.

Happy at The Kimberley Club in South Africa

Happy is our driver and one damn good dude helping us get around in Kimberley year after year here.

Nyjah Huston and His Girlfriend at Kimberley Diamond Cup
Nyjah Huston Photo

Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Nyjah and his girl are buying everyone shots at the bar.

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Kimberley Diamond Cup on Live TV

The replay from the live TV broadcast is on in the bar. That's pretty damn cool to watch the results of your work later that night while you're hanging out with everyone that made it happen.

Jett Eaton and Dlamini
Dlamini Dlamini Photo

There's also a pool table in the bar where Jett and Dlamini are getting to know each other.

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Paul Zitzer and Greg Lutzka
Greg Lutzka Photo

Paul Zitzer is giving some kind of judging perspective to Greg Lutzka and Marcelo Bastos.

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Jared Lucas in South Africa
Jared Lucas Photo

Jared Lucas aka #asstotrick hits the keyboard and the bottles at the same time. Check out his edits of Build Skateboarding on the Ride Channel.

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James Craig, Felix, and Porpe
James Craig Photo

We had a long layover in Johannesburg but they sure make it nice in the lounge with free drinks and captain's chairs like this.

Profile: James Craig
Heat Nine in South Africa
Silas Baxter-Neal Photo

On the morning of the Contest, Mike Anderson, James Hardy, and Silas Baxter-Neal had an opportunity to go skate a ditch spot. They ended up getting stuck there and missed the entire contest. They were all in Heat number nine. So, to take the joke extra far over the top, we've been giving them hell about Heat Nine. Now there's an Insta account called @heat_nine with hashtags like #heat9life. We're in the Delta Skylounge on a really long layover in Johannesburg were Heat Nine is kicking it big timer style. What a weekend. Thanks, everyone!

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