Skating, particularly skateboarding is staggeringly emerging and growing in South Africa. Skating facilities are also being readily made available to young people, however, skating communities have also created skating spots where they can all be familiar with and come together. Due to the less limitations, parks, open spaces and streets are popularly where young people skate.
Pimville Zone 6 in Soweto is one of the first few built skate parks in Johannesburg. This park accommodates not only skateboarding but roller blade skaters and BMX/ bicycle riders. Height not-fearing Scelo drops on the vert anticipating to showcase tricks.
Passion drives skaters. The ability to roll down with the board not using wheels is known as grinding. Skaters literally use any surfaces to skate. A young skater grinds under an electronic toll in north of Johannesburg.
Young skaters gather for a skating session at City Library in Johannesburg. They listen attentively to their friend initiating that they play ‘game of skate’. It is a game where skaters compete on doing the best tricks and challenging their companions to do the same tricks. If failed, you own an alphabet. Should your letters spell S K A T E, you have lost. Skaters find this game a confidence builder and a way to improve.
The sky is no limit for 24 year old Nceba ‘Ace’ Sobukwa. He says activities done by young people have changed over time. Ace believes that skating resembles a today’s generation with which skating is regarded as part of popular culture.
Karabo known as ‘Zabu’ street skates. He lands on a 360 flip and believes skating does not limit him as he can can skate in his community or go at a skating park at his convenience.
The skateboards grip tape placed on top of the board helps skaters in finding balance and to pop tricks. This is an accessory that makes up a skateboard. But the tape gets shoes tatty and torn. Like they say “shred it, till we get it”.
Calling it a night, skaters street skate back home.