Skateboarding Journeys catalyst for tourism boost

Published on : Saturday, November 2, 2013

In the wake of the highly successful world skateboarding championship event in Kimberley, South Africa in October, where the Diamond Cup was held, California-based World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WGSP) on Thursday announced it was actively seeking strategic partners in Mexico with intentions to bring a world-class skateboarding championship to the country within the next two years.

 
Set on a custom-designed, world-class skate park and featuring the most comprehensive group of professional street and vert skaters from around the world, WSGP events offer one of the largest prize purses in the action sports industry. The contest draws thousands of fans and reaches 173 countries and 367 million homes through television broadcasts and live webcasts.

 
International sporting events like the world skateboarding championships provide positive tourism messages, help support local economies and promote host cities on a global platform. The recent South Africa world championships, the Kimberley Diamond Cup, drew some of the biggest names in skateboarding, including Nyjah Huston, Felipe Gustavo, Ryan Decenzo, Louis Lopez, PLG, Andy Macdonald and Marcelo Bastos.

 
“South Africa has witnessed a skateboarding movement over the last few years and the Kimberley Diamond Cup was the most highly anticipated event of the year,” said John Block, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. “This year’s contest had the largest number of skaters and the biggest names of any skate event we’ve ever hosted. The hotels in Kimberley were at capacity and the flights were sold out. This event has established Kimberley as a tourist destination and paid a tremendous boost to the local economy.”

 
WSGP CEO Tim McFerran is an expert in the skate events management industry. He previously ran the Maloof Money Cup skate championships and is responsible for many of the innovations seen in skate contests today.

 
“We’re excited about the possibility of bringing a WSGP championship skateboarding event to Mexico,” said McFerran. “Our aim is not only to host a world-class contest, but to develop a program to support host cities economically and socially by promoting skateboarding as a positive and affordable recreational activity for youth of all ages.”

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