On The Boardr: The Finals in South Africa and Photos from the Week

Posted by Rob Meronek on Monday, October 6, 2014

That crowd reaction when Nassim edged out Nyjah in the second round by just a few points was insane. They almost brought all the tents down. Here's the recap of the ripping in the Finals of the Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup in a new episode of On The Boardr. I've also got a camera dump below.

Nassim Won the Weekend at Kimberley Diamond Cup
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Right after this frontside 50-50 to backside 180 out, Nassim switch hippie jumped the flat bar and the crowd went insane. It was like they already knew he had beat Nyjah in his first bracket. We soon found out that Nassim had in fact beat him by just over three points.
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Before the long work days start, we make time to go see lions.
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Body's first time in the Motherland.
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If you didn't know Body, you might not be able to tell which one was the tour guide.
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I don't know my varmit names. HiDefJoe feeds some four legged creatures.
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Boo picked this ax up and said, "Django Unchained!"
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Clint Walker bros down with the fancy cat.
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I had to jump in for my own tourist photo.
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This cheeta is Insta-famous.
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Oklahomie.
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The feeding scene.
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Heavy metal album cover.
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Body with the fancy cat.
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Brock skates as fast as this cheeta runs.
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Body tames the white tiger.
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After lunch.
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Jereme and big cats.
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HiDefJoe dreams of cats.
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Kids lined up to get in.
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In the parking lot is an old carnival. Looks abandoned but it actually runs.
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You put your kids on this crusty thing?
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Habitat family, Tim and Marius.
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Mark Waters runs things as TJ checks the progress.
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Drinkin buddies.
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Follow them Boardr Boys here if Porpe approves you.
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Much of my view for the weekend.
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Jeff Gonzales and Mark Issa. It was crazy meeting people from around the world that were already friends like Jeff and Mark here from Manila and Beirut.
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Congrats, Jono.
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Congrats, Samarria.
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Thanks to all the girls that made the long trip here.
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The fireworks show was insane.
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Jereme and Tyson ended up getting matched up in the first round of the Finals.
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Congrats, Jimmy.
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This dude in the middle there did a crazy human beat box dub step show before Lil John came on.
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Porpe and Boo ready to turn up for Lil John.
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Quit a nightlife scene.
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Byron and Porpe with that Boardr Boys sign.
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Marisa fans.
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Not sure why all the kids are trying to rub Boo's head.
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A super good dance circle started.
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I believe this performer's name was Baby M.
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Mos Def's daughters live in Cape Town and both skate. She got down in the dance circle and fended off sketchy boys very nicely.
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Body was making friends and fans all over South Africa, including local politicians.
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Jordan, Body, Porpe not during down for anything.
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Clint and Brock in the rafters was inspiration for Porpe's stupid stunt of the weekend.
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Meanwhile, over in the beer tent.
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Matt Berger is not turning down for Lil John.
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Every year, Ryan Clements brings gear for the locals.
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Even Lil John is a fan of Body now.
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Tommy congratulates Kelvin on the win.
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Congrats, Kelvin!
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That's NOT in Rand!
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This photo puts Porpe's silly stunt in perspective.
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It was a pleasure having dinner with this tight crew after the Contest.
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We're at this old place called The Kimberley Club.
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Old men honored at The Kimberley Club.
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The gambling room.
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The pool tables are like football fields.
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Tagged.
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Dinner at The Kimberley Club is the best meal all week.
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The entrance is grand.
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Leaving the next morning, we ran into Dlamini and his broken board that cost him the bracket loss.
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The morning paper on Monday.
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Flying home is nice when you get the upgrade.
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Some passports are new, some are used.
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Nice traveling with you, Tyson.
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Our layover in Johannesburg is long enough for us to be able to go to the generic ass mall.
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South Africa has a lot of desert.
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They drive on the other side of the road here.
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When the event is over, we're right back to regular work, even though we aren't even home yet. Here's the scene in the airport in Johannesburg at our makeshift office. Porpe's fancy beverage gets him through the office grind. Thanks everyone in Kimberley for hosting and having us for another event.
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