I’ve said it before and I will say it again, when Red Bull do something – they do it properly and this weekend was no exception. The second Red Bull Unlocked event took place at Library Gardens (LBG’s) in the heart of Jozi town yesterday and the turn out was incredible. In order to understand the concept you need to understand why a venue would be ‘unlocked’. When it comes to riding/skating street it is often (basically always) illegal, unfortunately riding/skating something that is on private property is deemed to be “trespassing” and even sometimes seen as “vandalism”.
Red Bull pulled the right strings and ‘unlocked’ LBG’s for the day to allow SA’s buzzing skateboard scene to compete at a well known skate spot, extra ramps were brought in and the spot was modified to be a playground for the entrants. Including various rails, ledges and benches. As of late there are various athletes making a solid name for themselves within the scene including the likes of Khule Ngubane, Jean-Marc Johannes, Moses Adams and Dlamini Dlamini.
With close to 100 skaters entering the competition the day was set to be filled with bangers and it most certainly was. For the judges to decide who would go through to the top 15 and then top 5 must have been a challenge of note as everyone that made it through shredded everything in their path. It was an amazing event to witness, the tight knit skate community is very impressive. The rivalry was fierce but in a completely healthy manner wherein everyone pushes each other to their limit, producing a spectacle for the crowd and forming inspiration for the young onlookers aspiring to one day reach the same skill level.
After a substantial amount of board flipping and truck grinding the top 3 were announced, Khule Ngubane styled his was into 3rd place whilst Dlamini Dlamini, hot on the heels of Moses Adams had to settle for a very close 2nd, leaving Moses with the top spot and taking home the gold. Moses also won best line for the day. The South African skate scene is definitely something we can all be proud of and I cannot wait to watch the next one. Continue reading