December 19, 2016

Durban’s People’s Park Unlocked in Unique Skate Competition


Local Dlamini Dlamini skates his heart out at Red Bull Unlocked skateboarding contest, edging out Moses Adams and Brandon Valjalo to take the title


Durban (South Africa) – Returning to where it all started at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Red Bull Unlocked saw the country’s top skate talent descend on eThekwini on Sunday (18 December) where 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 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.


“There were good skaters out there,” said Dlamini. “We all know each other so it doesn’t feel like a competition, it’s just good fun with good vibes.”


Of his line, he said: “I didn’t really plan my moves. The course was really quick, so as soon as you landed, the next obstacle was there waiting for you. You had to create your own run and think out of the box. It’s an art.”


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


“It was a really great event, the level of skating was so high and the weather was perfect, if a bit hot,” said Jackson, editor of Session Magazine. “The course was really interesting. There aren’t a lot of events that are designed around a feature as such, it’s usually just at a skate park. But today’s Red Bull Unlocked was at one of the most iconic venues in South Africa.”


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.”


Check out for more on the day’s action.


1.Dlamini Dlamini
2.Moses Adams
3.Brandon Valjalo
4.Braxton Haine
5.Jeremy Stone
6.Matthew Durban Morley
7.Byron Rhoda
8.Alan Marola
9.Brendan Dyamond
10.Chris Nderitu
11.Kalvyn Mac Millan
12.Anton Roux
13.Dallas Oberholzer
14.Taylor Sturgess
15.George van Blerk
16.Joubert van Staden
17.Kyle Kheswa
18.Thariq Makuyi
19.Suhail Kader
20.Jamie de Villiers
21.Tristan McLellan
22.Calvin Davies
23.Wez Coertzen

Best trick – Simon Stiptich with a Frontside flip over the water gap ( in trainers and Bods Board).

Best line of the day went to Dlamini Dlamini.


Event Winner Dlamini Dlamini in action.

Credit: Kevin Sawyer / Red Bull Content Pool


Event Winner Dlamini Dlamini.

Credit: Kevin Sawyer / Red Bull Content Pool


From left: Moses Adams (2nd), Dlamini Dlamini (1st) and Brandon Valjalo (3rd) celebrate on the Red Bull Unlocked Rostrum.

Credit: Kevin Sawyer / Red Bull Content Pool