Festive Durban: People’s Park Skate-off will make you crave summer in the 031

2016-12-19 16:31 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Durban is one of SA's hottest holiday destinations and this summer is no different. Whether you're a beach-lover, nightlife addict on adrenaline-loving city-sleeker, the 031 has got it all. 

Returning to where it all started at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Red Bull Unlocked saw the country’s top skate talent descended on eThekwini on Sunday, 18 December, where local Durbanite Dlamini Dlamini, landed some of the hottest tricks in the final to take top honours.
The 62 invited skaters from all over South Africa were whittled down to five on a specially-built course at People’s Park. 

The vibe was a festive one - among the visitors and competitors. According to Dlamini, there a camaraderie among all the contestants. “We all know each other so it doesn’t feel like a competition, it’s just good fun with good vibes.”

The Best Trick went to Durban’s Simon Stipcich while the final was a fiercely-fought contest between Dlamini Dlamini, Gavin ‘Moses’ Adams (Cape Town), Brandon Valjalo (Jozi), Braxton Haynes (Durban) and Jeremy Stone (Jozi) each pushing each other to lay it all down on the course.

Check out some of the best shots and videos of the event: 

Event Winner Dlamini Dlamini in action.
Photo: Kevin Sawyer / Red Bull Content Pool

Event participant Suhail Kader in action at Red Bull Unlocked at People’s Park on Sunday.
Photo: Kevin Sawyer / Red Bull Content Pool


Tasked with the tough job of judging the country’s best skaters were Luke Jackson of Session Magazine, Riaan Van Biljoen of the NSA and Brendan Body of The Shred Skateboard Park and Session Magazine, each integral roleplayers in South Africa’s skateboarding scene.

Jackson said openness of the venue really gave the skaters more freedom and options, encouraging creativity which was appreciated by some 500 spectators.
“There’s nothing else like this in the country,” he continued. “The Best Trick event was definitely a highlight. They had designed a kicker up to the water feature in the centre of People’s Park which the skaters had to shoot over. It was great how the existing structures had been incorporated into the contest.”

If you find yourself in Durban this festive season, we've got the low-down on the best events, gigs and things to get up to in the 031. For the hottest events, SEE Hello summer! Events and festivals to check out in Durban

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