Menlyn Nollies

If you know your nollie from a front flip, head for Pretoria this weekend when South Africa’s own Skateboarding for Hope road show hits Menlyn Park Shopping Centre on Saturday, 17 May from 10h00 onwards.

The Skateboarding for Hope community outreach initiative forms part of a series of events throughout the year that builds up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup skateboarding world championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore, which will be taking place in Kimberley in the Northern Cape in October. The tour will be traveling throughout the country to introduce South African youth to the amazing sport of skateboarding, the fastest growing sport in the country. Tour stops will include Johannesburg, Pretoria, Jeffreys Bay, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, De Aar, Alexandra, Upington, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit, George as well as the Northern Cape rural towns of Kuruman, Phillipstown, De Aar, Springbok and Kathu.

Each event features skateboarding clinics and demonstrations, great vibes, cool product give-aways as well as exhilarating skateboarding action as the best skateboarders in the country go up against each other. The best skater on the day also stands the chance to win a wild card entry into the amateur division of the world championships. The eight day skateboarding festival will see male and female athletes from across the globe battling it out in the professional and amateur divisions on the street and vert courses.

According to Tim McFerran of World Skateboarding GP, this year’s Skateboarding for Hope initiative will once again touch the lives of thousands of youngsters. “With the support of the Northern Cape provincial government and our presenting partner Kumba Iron Ore, we have actively changed the lifestyles of thousands of South African kids. These road shows have presented local youth with an alternative leisure interest that not only keeps them active, but also teaches important life skills such as perseverance, self-control and discipline,” mentions McFerran.

McFerran continues to be impressed with the growth of skateboarding in South Africa and the proficiency of local skateboarders. “I am sure we can look forward to awesome skating action over the next couple of months as local skaters vie for a spot in the world championships. The South African skateboarding fraternity has literally exploded over the past couple of years and we can definitely expect some extreme action during the tour stops,” explains McFerran.

Catch all the skateboarding action when the Skateboarding for Hope tour reaches a town near you. For a full event schedule, visit


Skateboarding for Hope action in Randburg Photo: Supplied

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My ethos is espoused in the words of Nelson Mandela: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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