Over 40 countries have gathered in South Africa for the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships. The Championship begins today with these countries battling for their share of a $500,000 prize purse, the largest single event prize purse in skateboarding, and the title of world champion.
Confirmed major contest winners vying for the Skateboarding World Championships titles include Dew Tour vert winner Jimmy Wilkins, Street League winners Kelvin Hoefler and Leticia Bufoni, X Games winners PLG (vert), Tyson Bowerbank (Boardr Am), Nyjah Huston (street) and Alexis Sablone (women’s street), Copenhagen Pro Tivoli winner Yoshi Tanenbaum, U.S. Skateboarding Championships Scotty Laird, Turkish Skateboarding Championships winner Adem Ustaoglu, Nike SB Open Berlin winner Aurelien Giraud from France, Mystic Cup winner Maxim Habanec of the Czech Republic, Canada’s Am Getting Paid winner JS Lapierre and Simple Session winner Russian Maxim Kruglov.
According to Tim McFerran, Founder of World Skateboarding Grand Prix, “We are the only contest to feature an open qualifier and to include skaters that truly represent the global skateboarding community,” He also added that “We’ve reached out to 96 countries to send their top skaters to compete. By hosting a true world championship event with skaters from an unprecedented number of countries participating, we not only ensure that the competition lives up to its name, but that we are supporting these international skateboarders and helping to develop skateboarding in their countries by giving them a global platform.“
The World Skateboarding Federation is providing financial assistance to over 50 skaters this year to help them pay for travel expenses to South Africa. WSF is committed to supporting skateboarders around the world and is leading the charge to organize skateboarding in advance of its potential inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The championship is expected to help South Africa sell its teeming potentials to the global audience as attention is drawn to the beautiful city of Kimberly for the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships.
The schedule of the events and rooster is available for viewing here