17 August 2012

World champion to host free skateboarding clinics

The world’s top vert skateboarder, Pierre Luc Gagnon, will present free coaching clinics in Kimberley before the start of the Maloof Money Cup 2012.

Pierre Luc Gagnon in action. Pierre Luc Gagnon in action at the 2011 Maloof Money Cup world skateboarding championships.

This is an unbelievable opportunity for young skateboarders to receive training from the best vert skateboarder in the world. This is what the Maloof championship is all about: exposing South African youth to the incredible sport of skateboarding and allowing them to hone their skills -  Tim McFerran, Maloof Skateboarding.

Last year the Maloof Money Cup world skateboarding championships were hosted in Kimberley – the first time such an event had taken place on African soil.

The championships not only brought some of the world's best skateboarders to South Africa, but also encouraged local kids to take up skateboarding. The move was a huge success and its safe to say that the Northern Cape has gone skateboard crazy.

This year, the Maloof Money Cup will again be held at Kimberley’s Maloof Skate Plaza, from 28 to 30 September), and the locals can't wait to see the thrills and spills on offer.

The good news for local skateboarding fans is that Pierre Luc Gagnon, the top vert skateboarder in the world, is hosting 2 free clinics before the start of the Maloof Money Cup.

Gagnon was crowned vert world champion in Kimberley last year and is regarded one of the greatest skateboarders of all time. He will be conducting 2 free youth clinics in Kimberley on 24 and 25 September for those youngsters interested in getting to grips with the complexities of vert skateboarding.

'This is an unbelievable opportunity for young skateboarders to receive training from the best vert skateboarder in the world,' says Tim McFerran of Maloof Skateboarding. 'This is what the Maloof championship is all about: exposing South African youth to the incredible sport of skateboarding and allowing them to hone their skills.'

The youth clinics are free, but space is limited so booking early is essential. Entrants can sign up via the Maloof Money Cup website (www.maloofmoneycup.com).

'By getting world-class skateboarders to actively assist in helping these youngsters will definitely be a huge boost for the sport in the Northern Cape and the rest of the country. It's like getting training tips from an Olympic gold medal winner,' says McFerran.