Kings Cup 2010 Press Release
The Southern African winter sports season is off to a cool start with The Kings Cup Ski and Snowboarding Champs beginning in powdery conditions on the 8th July 2010 for a practice day before the main event on 9-10 July at Afriski, in Lesotho. SA’s hottest snowboarding and skiing talent crawl out of the wood-work for a slope-style and slalom event of international skill.
Skiing and Snowboarding in Lesotho and South Africa are growing from strength to strength with the aid and support of Afriski, the ski resort in Lesotho’s magical Maluti Mountains.
The first big event on the local winter snow calendar is this year’s Kings Cup, hosted by Afriski. The event will be held on the weekend of 9 – 10 July.
The Kings Cup is being organised by local snowboard club, snowboarder.co.za and endorsed by the Lesotho Winter Sports Association as well as Snow Sports SA. The event is also host to the inter club championships in which 9 local ski and snowboard clubs will be fighting it out for club championship honours. Although the club championship title is the fun aspect of the event, it is also a sure sign that the popularity of these unusual winter pursuits are on the increase.
On the more serious competitive side, top local skiers and snowboarders will be battling it out for top spots as all of the countries best skiers and snowboarders will descend on the Afriski Ski resort, just 4.5 hrs from Johannesburg, later in July.
The event includes will include Alpine Giant Slalom, Dual Slalom and the Snowboarding Slope Style event which incorporates a series of five park features including rails and big air.
The Slope Style course this year will be more technical than before, keeping riders pushing their skill to the next level. Some of the features include a flat-to-down box, riders will show more technical manoeuvres on the butter-box, into a rainbow, into a 50ft Big Air and then a wall ride.
Marta Jekot, defending girls champ commented on this years Slope Style competition, “I’m looking forward to Slope Style as the set up this year is even better than before, I can’t wait to hit the course. I’m also stoked to see more girl riders than in the past.” Marta recently returned from Europe where she was competing on the FIS Europa Cup Snowboarding circuit. Marta had an incredible season and is currently ranked joint first in the Slopestyle discipline, an incredible feat for an African competitor.
In the Men's competition Marchi Jekot took the win in 2009, with two flawless runs in the Slope Style. This type of run shows that South Africa can certainly produce the goods with regards to park-style snowboarding. The Oakley Slope Style competition in the males division is highly competitive with strong contenders to watch out for including Matthew Amoretti, Katlego Maponyane, Robbie Alunni and Ruben Storbeck to name a few.
The standard of snowboarding improves each year and the competition base of riders increases each winter season. Our riders benefit greatly from the constant improvement of Lesotho’s snow slopes, and having the opportunity to spend seasons abroad.
Snowboarder.co.za, the Lesotho based snowboarding club is also focusing on Junior development and is proud to include Graham Sepatla, a young boy living in the area, as one of their junior members who lives for snowboarding in the winter months.
Afri-Ski Resort, Lesotho
High up in the mountains of Lesotho, nestled in the mystical Mahlasela Valley, lies a winter wonderland. For years South Africans have flocked to Europe and America to experience a little of what it's like to play in the snow. No longer. Four and a half hours from Johannesburg, six hours from Durban and four hours from Bloemfontein is the Afriski resort. Situated 3222m above sea level in the Maluti Mountains, Afriski offers you the best African snow encounter.
The Afriksi resort provides you with everything that you might find in a traditional European ski resort – a 1km long ski slope, ski lift, rope lift, beginners slope, snowboard park, ski shop and ski school. Their well trained ski and snowboarding instructors will ensure that your first snow experience is one never to be forgotten. For those who have already experienced the high of skiing or snowboarding, the snowboarding park and ski slope provide the opportunity for you to hone your skills and encounter the best of what Africa has to offer. The Afriski snow making and grooming equipment ensure that the resort and all that it has to offer is of the best quality possible.
Access to Afriski is gained via the Caledonspoort Border Post at Fouriesburg and is about 80km or an hour and a half from the border. The roads are fully tarred, except for the last 500m to the resort which is gravel but still fully accessible by any vehicle.
For accommodation bookings or general resort enquiries please check out the resort website :
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