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Field Trip: Kuruman Skatepark

We took the Kimberley skatepark February volunteers to the Kuruman Skatepark as a way of saying “thanks” for their help at the park. We got to hang out with some locals and tune in to another tucked away part of South Africa with a small, but blossoming skate scene. These guys are definitely “making something out of nothing” and doing all they can with what little resources are available to them.┬áTo donate to the Kuruman skateboarding scene, visit www.togetherweskate.org

Here’s some photos and video from our trip.

 

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We brought along some extra gear to give away to the locals, so we figured Kamogelo, Osego, and Brendon could earn it by duking it out in a good ol’ fashioned game of skate.

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Osego, shuvit.

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Kamogelo fakie bigspins with a nice little view of the park in the background.

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Kamogelo came up on a fresh complete for taking the game of skate!

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Alec sizes down the set.

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A few fresh stickers with make this tainted setup a little more fly…until they eventually scratch off.

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Bakang Melokwe, or “Tooks”, as he’s known by the homies, is ‘the dude’ right now in Kuruman. This kid has been skating for less than 2 years and will blow your mind. There’s talented skaters coming out of all parts of the world these days, and Bakang is living proof. Kickflip.

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Sam K in the mix.

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Bakang was zorched from the sun and hours of skating on his fresh complete, but still came through with some sick footage.

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Siphiwe, boardslide.

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Bakang, crooks.

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Shout out and big thanks to our top February skatepark volunteers: Samkelo Rashole, Alec Balie, Caleb Goa, and Siphiwe Kheshwa!

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The extreme runners of the skatepark.

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I can’t remember this kid’s name, but I let him ride my cruiser board while I wasn’t filming lines. He was a little squirly on it for a while, but loved it once he got used to it. 50-50.

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This dude had a (supposedly venomous) snake stuck under the hood of his truck and struggled for a while to get him out. Once he finally got him out, he smashed in his lil’ snake skull and shortly after, put him out of his misery. Not a very happy (or fair) ending for poor, harmless, Mr. Snake.

Words, photos, and video by Chinner

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