Silva Wins, Clinches IGSA World Cup Series Championship
Kogelberg, South Africa - Douglas Silva was the winner of today's Hot Heels Africa IGSA World Cup Series finale in Kogelberg, South Africa. The victory clinched the 2012 IGSA World Cup Series Open Downhill Skateboarding Championship for the veteran skater from Brazil. Silva's Championship is the first for a skater from South America and also marks the fist time it has been won by a skater outside of North America or Europe. Silva had two World Cup wins (France, South Africa), a second place in Australia and three third place World Cup finishes in his Championship season.
Silva Qualifies #1
Kogelberg, South Africa - Day one kicked off late morning, after registration and greeting new riders. Riders only had practise runs on day one, getting to know the hill and getting accustomed to the conditions.
The racetrack is nestled in a valley, causing the default south-easterly wind to twist, turn and get turbulent around the curves of the mountains. Riders were getting used to head, tail and cross-winds, all in a single run. After a successful day and a few spills, riders retreated to the Hangklip Hotel for showers, nourishment and some character building.
Kogelberg, South Africa - Come celebrate Hot Heels Africa's 10th year in the making December 6th - 9th 2012. Hot Heels Africa has been running since December 2003. The last of the IGSA World Cup series and hosted by S.A.G.R.A (South African Gravity Racing Association). The event is run in the beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere nature reserve an hours drive from Cape Town. Hot Heels Africa has been the deciding race for many top ranked IGSA racers to see who will be No.1 in the world rankings. Riders from around the world have made their way to this intense 1.9km course that demands respect from all downhill racers.