Red Bull Unlocked

Congrats to Revolution, Almost, Globe, and Tensor team rider, Jean-Marc Johannes, who came third at the Red Bull Unlocked event on Saturday.

Red Bull Unlocked happened this past Saturday, and showcased some of South Africa’s best skateboarding. It took place at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. Anyone who has skated there before knows how perfectly smooth that surface is and how good the spots are.

Final Results:
1st place – Gavin Moses Adams
2nd place – Dlamini Dlamini
3rd place – Jean-marc Johannes

Prize Money:
1st – R10 000
2nd – R3 000
3rd – R2 000
Vans Best Trick – R2 500

Photo courtesy of Red Bull

Photo courtesy of Red Bull


Southbank London

For those of you who haven’t heard already, the world famous Southbank in London is under threat by retail development.

Long Live Southbank is a non-profit organisation started by skateboarders to preserve London’s unique and renowned Southbank Undercroft and to represent it’s diverse creative community of skateboarders, BMXers, artists and visitors. They give them a voice and raise awareness about the imminent threat of the destruction of a creative community who have turned a dead space into a thriving visual hub for 40 years. Their mission: To preserve and protect the Southbank Undercroft site from relocation, gentrification and sanitisation. If successful in our bid to preserve this historic London landmark, our role would then be to act as a committee dedicated to looking after the interest of its users and to improve the site in a way which compliments and enhances the original features which first attracted the skateboard community in the early 70’s.

They currently have more that 26,000 members from all walks of life, art forms and social backgrounds.

Sign the petition:

Find out more:
Article by John Crace:


Bob Burnquist continues to innovate. This is amazing.

Oakley, Inc. have just released a new six-part webisode series featuring skateboarding icon Bob Burnquist. The series gives viewers exclusive access to the private domain in which many of Burnquist’s contributions to skateboarding were born: his backyard in Southern California, which is better known as ‘Dreamland.’ So much of Burnquist’s character and personality are reflected in those acres of hilly terrain – from the vegetable gardens to the yurts, the helicopter pad to the Vert ramp, the MegaRamp to the never-before-seen addition: the Hip.

“Life is always happening over here [in Dreamland] and we’re always capturing all the different activities; it’s a part of what I do and who I am. This is a fun and productive time in my life, so I wanted to share that with my fans,” Burnquist said. “When I’m riding, I always have ideas, some of which never see the light of day, but the Hip was something I knew was possible and really wanted to make happen. The hip was a progression of a lot of things that I’ve seen and done, like the corkscrew, which I have sitting in the backyard. With so many of these ideas, though, you don’t know if they’ll actually work until you start building and can really visualize what’s possible.”

The first episode of “The Dreamland Series” is Burnquist’s first major part since 2010 and incorporates more than three years of unseen footage. The part also includes recently captured footage of Burnquist learning and mastering the massive Hip, a feature that sends Burnquist flying into the Mega’s 25-foot quarterpipe, allowing for a variety of maneuvers. Despite being among the elder statesmen of skateboarding, this edit demonstrates that Burnquist remains one of the most exciting and dynamic talents the industry has ever seen.

Despite his competitive success – Burnquist recently broke the record to become the most decorated athlete in X Games history – Burnquist is constantly in pursuit of what’s next. Countless hours are invested riding, experimenting and ultimately crashing all for the sake of pushing his own limits, and in turn, those of the world of skateboarding. Whether that comes on the Mega, the Vert ramp or in the empty pools he seeks out from the vantage point of his helicopter, so much of every waking moment is dedicated to his profession and passion. In this series, that mentality and approach to life shines through.


If you thought the Qualifiers was good, then you’re in for a treat with the Finals. The level of skateboarding is mind blowing. Just watch it as see what we mean.

Final results:
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Greyson Fletcher
3. Raven Tershy


Area3 Gonz Game of Skate

The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.

Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) were the first riders on the list, then Gavin Scott and Ofentse, and now Sechaba (Bakersman) and Bergen Nielson have also made the finals on the 4th of August.

The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.

Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July (Gavin Scott and Ofentse advanced)
Round 3 – 28th July (Sechaba Bakersman and Bergen Nielson advanced)
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August

R4000 for 1st place!


Check out the qualifiers video from the Vans US Open in Huntington Beach, California. That bowl, especially the section hand painted by Mike Giant, looks incredible. Semi Finals and Finals coming soon. This is probably some of the smoothest transition skating we’ve ever seen.

Final Results:

1. Ben Hatchell – $25,000
2. Greyson Fletcher – $15,000
3. Raven Tershy 10 – $10,000
4. Tony Trujillo
5. Ben Raybourne
6. Curren Caples
7. Aaron “Jaws” Hamoki
8. Kevin Kowalski
9. Brad McClain
10. Chris Gregson
11. Charlie Blair
12. Ronnie Sandoval


If you’ve been following the ‘Skateboarding In India’ videos, you’ll know about the work that Levi’s Skateboarding is doing in India with 2er and Holystoked. Enjoy the full documentary!

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.


Fresh new video from Buck Tour 2013, Skatelab, George. Enjoy.

Skaters in order of appearance:

Khule Ngubane
Justus Kotze
Byron Rhoda
Uri Rubin
Juan Smit
Jason Osborn
Christopher Walters
Ryan Naidoo
Shuaib Philander
Alan Marola
Stefan Jacobs
Reinart de Villiers
Storm Reyneke
Andrew Nero
Anton Roux

Filmed and edited by: Andrew van der Walt


Enjoy the final episode of ‘Skateboarding in India’ from Levi’s Skateboarding.

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.


Justus and Grant went on a day mission and made this rad little edit for KFD Skateboards. Enjoy!

Rider: Justus Kotze
Filmer: Grant Mclachlan


Congrats to Shane O’Neill for winning the CPH Pro 2013. Looked like it was a super fun event, together with mind blowing skateboarding.

Final Results:

1. Shane O’Neill
2. Luan Oliveira
3. Sean Malto
4. Evan Smith

Death Race:
Taylor Bingaman

Best Trick:
Diego Fiorese


Melbournians celebrated the return of Andrew Brophy earlier this year. Andrew and his family came back to the city after a four-year hiatus. After prolonged stints in Noosa and LA he has blended right back in seamlessly. Well, as seamlessly as one can blend when one stands out a mile off due to one’s mastery of gravity. We were honoured when Brophy eagerly took to the Three Spots mission in the midst of winter. With the help of Leigh Bolton and James James, Andrew was documented hitting up the raw-mixed shapes of Rezy, the new St Kilda Road ledges and his old local Prahran Skatepark. For a guy who his well known for his levitating techniques, it is nice to be reminded just how stylish he is on the board. It is with great pleasure that we present one of the world’s finest, power snappin’ skate rats: Andrew Brophy and his choice of Three Spots.


Revolution and Verb team rider Marcel Maassen shows us how to bust out backside heelflips.

Filmed and edited by Zac Kruyer.


For those who don’t know, Paul Rodriguez won Street League. Watch the video to see an interview with him, and footage of how he managed to grab the win against Chris Cole. Incredible skateboarding.


The Revenge of the Beasts short film by Sebastian Linda. It’s nice to see a short film made where the subjects in the film can actually skate, and the videographer understands skateboarding. Enjoy.

When I was a kid I saw a skater jumping for the first time, I believed it was magic that made him fly. I realized that this has been a childish fantasy. But this year we decided to bring back my dream.

No tripods or dollies used. Just a skateboard, car, and body movement. Filmed on the weekend of the 29 and 30th June 2013.


Girl Skateboards x Ed Banger Records brings you Sean Malto, a French Fred Remix.

In honor of Ed Banger Records turning 10 and Girl Skateboards turning 20, French Fred Remixed Sean Malto’s Pretty Sweet part to Justice’s “Brian Vision MMXIII” & Mr Oizo’s “Secam” available on Ed Banger Records.


Whoa. The level of skateboarding at the Amsterdamn Am blew us away. Watch the video to see why.

Finals results:

1. Nassim Guammaz
2. Jorge Semoes
3. Trevor Colden
4. Youness Amrani


Byron Rhoda

Congrats to Revolution team rider Byron Rhoda for getting second place at Buck Tour 2013!

1st – Alan Marola
2nd – Byron Rhoda
3rd – Khule Ngubane

Best trick – Khule Ngubane: Nollie Double Late Flip
Highest Ollie – Alan Marola: 95cm


Almost Skateboards and Revolution team rider, Jean-Marc Johannes just got back from the Damn Am competition in Amsterdam; the Amsterdamn Am. We just want to say a huge well done to him. You made us proud. Check out some videos of the comp and of Jean-Marc above and below.

The Amsterdamn Am is Europe’s premiere amateur street skateboarding competition, held at Skatepark Amsterdam, this year from July 12 – 14. The top 12 qualifiers won entry to skate Tampa Am, and there was a prize purse of 10,000 Euros this year. Nassim Guammaz from The Netherlands won the contest and the golden ticket to the 2013 Tampa Am semi-finals. Congrats!

Final Results
1. Nassim Guammaz – NLD (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
2. Jorge Simões – PRT (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
3. Trevor Colden – USA
4. Youness Amrani – BEL
5. Adrien Bulard – FRA
6. Gaard Hvaara – NOR
7. Alec Majerus – USA
8. Axel Crysberghs – BEL
9. Hermann Stene – NOR
10. Lehi Leite – BRA
11. Robbin De Wit – NLD
12. Diego Cano – ESP

Independent Best Trick
1. Youness Amran – Feeble grind 360 flip out on the rail
2. Riso Tury – Heelflip noseslide nollie flip out on the rail
3. Rob Maatman – Nollie bigspin front board to fakie on the rail

Zumiez Destroyer Award
Fernando Bramsmark


The adidas (RSA) skateboarding team recently visited the city of Port Elizabeth. Clinton Theron from Gallery Skate Shop showed them around. This is what they documented over eight days.

The team consists of Khulu Dlamini, Jansen van Staden, Pieter Retief and Yann Horowitz.

Filmed and edited by Adriaan Louw and Leon Bester.

Music: The Watermark High
Song: The disconnect
Music: Christian Tiger School
Song: Bateleur – Divorce (CTS Remix)


Picture1Al Partanen

For those who don’t know, the Levi’s® team went to India recently, where they partnered up with local organisations 2er and HolyStoked to build India’s first free public skatepark. These are some photos documenting what went down. You can watch the trailer video and webisode 1 HERE, and webisode 2 HERE.

Picture2Al Partanen

Picture3Chet Childress

Picture4Daryl Nobbs

Picture5Daryl Nobbs

Picture6Lennie Burmeister












Picture18Omar Salazar

Images courtesy of Levi’s® Skateboarding.


Marcel MaassenPhoto by Donovyn le Roux

Meet Verb and Globe team rider, Marcel Maassen.

What’s up Marcel? What’s going on in your life at the moment?

Wadup people! I am working at Revolution and grinding my ass off for the paper. Skating the streets of Cape Town and playing a lot of XBOX. I just finished two games and I am so amped haha – NERD.

You’re originally from Pretoria. What was it like living there? Why did you decide to move to CT?

It was super fun living with the Plankie brothers; Joubert, Jansen, Skippy, Thys and Dennis WHL(wees huis lewe). Well, I get really bored of shit very quickly, so we all decided to move down about two years ago. Where the brothers go, I go. Hope that Skippy and D dawg can come down.

What are your best and worst things about Pretoria, and about Cape Town?

In Pretoria we have mad jocks with pointy shoes, highlights in the hair and the arms on those dude are bigger than my whole body! But in Cape town we have hipsters. I don’t know for how long, but I take them over jocks. Pretorian homies are so dope and it was always good to hang out, on and off the board. Cape Town’s lifestyle is just so much better, even though it’s expensive. I love it here. Skating through the streets with trouble makers and clowns is just the best thing to ask for. The only thing that sucks here is the cold fucking ocean water and the sharks.

Marcel MaassenPhoto by Donovyn le Roux

You lived in Amsterdam for a few years. Tell us what that was like… Why did you come back to South Africa?

I lived in Utrecht, a little bit out of Amsterdam. The weed was so good! They were the best and worst times of my life. I am not going to go into a lot of detail because it’s a mad story that you could write a book about. I got into gangs and bad violence, and after four years of hustling, the cops finally got me. I had some bad shit on me so I got deported out of the country. I learnt a lot from that experience; never looking back, never doing the same things I did back then. We all do some dome things in life. I still do, but as long as you learn from it it’s all good.

How did you get into skateboarding?

Like everybody else, I saw my friends do it got into it right away I guess. I think most kids that start skating need to escape from something in life and skating is a good way too get out there and do your own thing. You can learn by yourself, not at school or from your mom or dad; just you and you alone. If you can do that, you can also stand alone and be strong as a person.

Got any tricks you’re working on getting?

Switch Lazer heel, one wheel nose manual nollie tripple tre out, haha!

Marcel MaassenPhoto by Donovyn le Roux

What does the second half of 2013 look like for you?

Probably the same as now. Try to film some shit, skate, have fun and party! If I got cheese, bread, Xbox, skating and a roof over my head, it’s all good till 2020.

You have a couple tattoos. Which is your favorite and why?

The Hulk, because every person has got a second personality, even if they deny it. I want to grow big and break stuff or jump and smash shit, haha! I have this rib tattoo with shoes hanging over a streetlamp on the corner of a street. It’s for my homie that passed away in 2006. I took a pretty hard knock, so it means a lot to me.

What are you listening to recently?

Gangsta, Jurassic 5, bFake, RickRoss and always some Wu shit.

Anything else you want to say?

How do you start up a fan page?

Marcel MaassenSequence by Jansen van Staden. 180 nosegrind shovet out.


Shane O'Neill

Click on the image above to view the video.

After seeing Shane’s part on The Berrics, I was super excited to work with him for the Transworld Video. Some people are just naturally talented on a skateboard and Shane is one of them. Here are a few of my favorite clips that I filmed of him in 2011.” – Chris Ray


Check out the new trailer for AV Skateboarding 19 for winter 2013.

The trailer features Yann Horowitz, Pieter Retief, Chris Pfanner, Phil Zwijsen, Joubert van Staden, Clint van der Schyf, Khulu Dlamini and Evan Binge.

Nice one chaps!


A really cool short film / skate video with Guy Mariano. He teleports somehow from Venice Beach, California to Venice, Italy, and takes advantage of the local skate spots. Really nicely edited, and a pretty fun story line. Nice one Lakai.


Switch Boned Ollie with Justus Kotze

Filmed by: Andrew van der Walt / a95Productions

If you have any tricks you would like to learn, drop us a comment below! Our team riders are keen to teach what they know.


Check out these clips of Yuri Facchini, Kevin Romar and TJ Rogers in Blind Skateboards’ new video, “Damn…”



More Skateboarding Videos

Nike SB Go Skateboarding Day 2013 London

The Nike SB team celebrated Go Skateboarding Day in style with a tour of East, South, Central and West London. Taking in spots old and new they stopped off at the Hackney Wick park, Homerton bumps, Elephant & Castle, South Bank and ended with a final session at BaySixty6 off Portobello Road.

Local skaters joined the team en route to get their stoke on and pick up a limited edition GSD tee.

With new team riders Capser Brooker and Joe Gavin in the mix, a solid 10 hours went down in honour of skating.



Today Byron Rhoda teaches us how to do nice Nollie Nosegrinds.

Filmed by: Andrew van der Walt / a95Productions

If you have any tricks you would like to learn, drop us a comment below! Our team riders are keen to teach what they know.


Clayton Petersen, Alice Edy, and Justus Kotze paid a visit to Skatelab this past weekend. There’s nothing like a road trip to one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa to calm the nerves. A huge thank you to Mr. Miller and his family for the incredible hospitality. We’ll be back soon!

Anthony de Mendonca & Adam Woolf Interview


You guys are from Johannesburg right?

Adam: 100% Jo-burgers from Edenvale.
Anthony: Yeah man Jozi all the way.

How do you feel about many of the Jozi skaters/friends having moved to Cape Town?

Adam: Well, I’m happy for them. Cape Town is a rad place and there are lots of sick spots around. It does suck that the Jozi scene has gotten smaller, but the scene is growing here and there are a lot more projects on the rise. People are realizing that if they don’t do anything about it, no one will.
Anthony: I think its amazing. If I’m not mistaken, JHB was the scene for a while and developed a lot of talent. Look at the scene now; its gotten so much larger in such a short amount of time. Clearly good things are coming from their choices, so I’m hyped for the homies. They’re making changes for us and opening new doors.


With all the major league videographers, photographers, and with AV and Session leaving Jozi, how have you managed to get coverage? Has it been hard or a walk in the “park”?

Adam: Well, I bought a video camera, so I can get my own coverage with all my homies. Either filming each other, making edits, sending footage to AV. On the photo side of things, there happens to be quite a few photographers here that are taking amazing photos, so that at least helps out shooting for Session. Also, filming with Preez films / Wandile, who is contributing to the scene with his new channel, as well as a few others on the rise.
Anthony: It’s been OK. I guess it’s all thanks to the dedicated time from Adam Woolf, Dwayne Erasmus and Jonathan Pinkhard. They’re the homies who are close to home for photos and filming. I also try push as much on social media networks as I can. Wandile and Preez Films have been a lot of help. Wands is taking back the streets. It’s always good riding and filming with him, and sending the occasional footage to AV.

How do you two manage summer without the ocean and fresh air?

Adam: I’m a fucking lizard!
Anthony: I love the ocean, but hate to swim. I get cold super quick, plus I’m paranoid of sharks.


What are the pro’s and con’s of having skateparks at your disposal?

Adam: With the recent closure of the Revolution Festival Mall park, there isn’t much to skate in the area park-wise. We hit up Sk8world a lot more often now. A few of us came together and built a sick-ass grind box there. We want to keep adding on to the park and build it up. Other than that it’s street all the way.
Anthony: Progression.

Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark is no more. Now where will you guys be spending your rainy days?

Adam: At home, jamming PS3.
Anthony: Not in the rain. Balfours has a nice frontside-up ledge that’s covered. That would be a choice, but I won’t lie, rains a killa, so I’ll be at home.


Could you share a fun or dangerous street mission you’ve had in the inner city of Johannesburg?

Adam: Skating it up with the MSA homies in town, cruising around at night skating road gaps. All the guys are super mellow and it was rad to get some footage with them.
Anthony: Brendan, two other homies and I had a good town mission quite a while ago. It started getting dark, but we kept it going. We decided to look for a hand rail, so we got in Brendan’s car and started the search. We got caught up behind a few taxi’s at a robot and the streets were packed with kids, gogos and madalas. Anyway, Brendan’s window was slightly down and these four guys come running towards us from behind the car, two on each side. They came up like they were trying to sell us some dope or crack, asking us if we were okay. I only noticed two on my side, not seeing the other two. All of a sudden the one guy was trying to get his arm in the window and the other guy was trying to open the doors. Brendan drove away as quick as he could but these guys were chasing us while holding onto the car for a brief time and as they let go I heard the one guy casually say “I’ll shoot you”. Brendan said “LET’S GET OUDDA HERE!”. He sounded like Arnold Schwarzenegger!

You guys must be looking forward to the Maloof Money Cup! Do you have any new tricks that you’ve mastered that you would like to try on the plaza this year?

Adam: Hellz yeah! Always looking forward to Maloof! I was thinking about trying a flip backside nosegrind down the hubba. There are lots of new things I want to try. Hyped!
Anthony: I have a Hardflip backside 5-0 in mind, but we’ll see how that goes. What would be what I’d like to leave with knowing I got that over the weekend.








Check out the video to see an uncut banger from TJ Rogers’ part in the new Blind Skateboards video, “Damn…”.


This video was part of Jean-Marc’s “5 on Flat” video. He still isn’t sure what it is, so he has decided to call it the Party Trick.

What do you think it is?


X Games Real Street

Sixteen of the pro skateboarders, participating in the X Games Real Street comp in Munich, had to submit one minute video parts for a chance to win a gold medal. The video can’t include any park footage – it all has to be real street skateboarding. The judges will award the prizes during the live broadcast of X Games Munich, but the ‘fan favourite’ is decided by you! The most fan votes wins. You are allowed to vote once a day apparently. There are some really creative and interesting videos up so far.

Click HERE to watch them.

We can only imagine how intense those match ups are going to be.


Welcome to the second Revolution Trick Tips!

Jean-Marc shows us how to do Nollie Inward Heelflips…

Filmed and edited by: Andrew van der Walt

If you have any tricks you would like to learn, drop us an comment below! Our team riders are keen to teach what they know.


Cape Town skate crew, 20sk8, put together this rad short video. Good times!

Edited by Wesley Shroeder. Uploaded by Ryan Naidoo.


Ordos is a ghost town located near Inner Mongolia in China. It was built for one million people, but only a few thousand live there. The town is very wealthy, has good public infrastructure and is situated close to precious natural resources, but is part of a region with water shortages.

The short video is worth watching just to see how incredible those spots look to skate, and it doesn’t look like the skateboarders even got hassled. Some friends somehow saw the potential of this place to skate, and organised a trip, and were apparently the first people ever to skate the town. We found this quite inspiring. Just see something you want to do and make it happen.

Directed, filmed & edited by: Charles Lanceplaine.
Skaters: Jay Meador, Gustav Nymans, Tommy Zhao, Alexander Hwang, James Capps, Elliott Zelinskas and Brian Dolle.


Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters to Skateboarding was such a good, nostalgic video that we thought it would be perfect for today’s Throwback Thursdays.

The video was brought to you by Vans, and features tons of unique, old, and lost footage from skateboarding’s archives. Jeff Grosso presents his “Editor’s Choice” of his favourite photos and videos. There will be things you haven’t seen, so watch and enjoy.


Welcome to the first Revolution Trick Tips!

Justus Kotze shows us how to do Backside Smith Grinds. Watch and learn.

Filmed and edited by: Andrew van der Walt

If you have any tricks you would like to learn, drop us an comment below! Our team riders are keen to teach what they know.


AV Skateboarding takes us on a weekend in Cape Town with the 20sk8 crew. The video shows them skating some street, leading the Cape Carnival and holding events in the townships. Featuring KFD and Killer team riders Ryan Naidoo and Alan Adams, Justin Adonis, Wesley “Tooth” Schroeder, Toothless, Shuaib Philander and more.


Some fun facts about Blind’s new video, Damn…:

– Apparently they filmed every day for over two years.
– The footage is from various places, such as LA, Barcelona, Toronto, France, Texas, North Carolina, Amsterdam, Brazil, and Sacramento.
– There were some nasty injuries during filming; TJ Rogers had to get head staples, and Filipe Ortiz broke his foot twice.

According to Bill Weiss, “The vibe of the video is about pushing skating forward, fun and hustling in the street to make that happen.” It doesn’t take much, looking at the level of skateboarding in this trailer, to see that this video is going to be amazing. We can’t wait.



You may have been hearing more and more about the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, and the effort to create a more tolerant and accepting community. It wasn’t too long ago that Tom Gabel from the band Against Me! announced that he was, in fact, a woman. The response from the punk and greater music community was mixed, with some people being supportive of the courage it took, while others were critical or simply angry. Well, now there is an openly transgender member of the skateboarding community. Skateboarding has always been quite progressive and open-minded, and it will be interesting to see how this news will be received.

Hillary Thompson was born on the 10th of September in Raleigh, North Carolina. She started skateboarding at about 4 or 5 years old on a single kicktail with big plastic wheels. Around the age of 4 or 5 is also when the imposing societal ideas of sex, gender and sexuality became a reality in her life. While your sex is defined by your anatomy when you’re born, gender is a construct, and is generally given to the corresponding sex i.e. “girl” to female, and “boy” to male. The problem with this is that some people born male may not feel “male”. Hillary always just expected that she would grow up and become a woman. She was given a male gender when she was born though, and was therefore in conflict with her internal gender identity. This is called ‘gender disphoria’; an anxiety created by the conflict between a person’s assigned gender and their internal gender. This can be very difficult for that individual, as exhibiting female characteristics when you have been given a male gender can result in a lot of hatred, aggression, and possibly even violence from society.


She ignored it for a while, but it became difficult to simply run away from the issue, and at around 18 she knew that she had to do something about it. Her parents sent her to a psychiatrist, as she started battling with depression and began isolating herself. The psychiatrist basically just gave her a prescription though, which obviously didn’t help anything. So she decided to do some research on the internet, ordered female hormones, and read up on how to transition. Her family and friends love and support her.

Finally Hillary was able to go to a therapist specialising in gender and gender issues, and be able to speak about what she was going through. Because the therapist wasn’t trying to ‘fix’ her, she could begin a constructive transitioning process and become who she always wanted to be. Often when people transition between genders, they feel like they have to forget all the habits from the pervious gender, but because Hillary skated, she could ignore all of that and just carry on skateboarding. At first she didn’t skate much with other people because she didn’t think that people would accept it, but the support and acceptance she has received from the skateboarding community has been mostly positive.


Today, Hillary is moving forward and living a happy, healthy life, learning to creating accepting relationships with herself, and he family and friends. Talking about skateboarding, she says “Well I like it more now than I ever have, because before there were always boundaries I wouldn’t cross because I was living in fear. There was the transitional period when I just skated by myself, which I didn’t like because for me skating is a really social thing. Skating alone is really depressing. Now I have friends to skate with and I’ve lost those barriers and boundaries. I can be myself.” She skates pretty much every day.

This will probably be a new thing for many members of the skateboarding community to think about, and we are interested to hear what your opinions are. Feel free to comment below, but please be respectful of other’s opinions.

Additional reading:


Photography: Sam Mcguire


AV Skateboarding got some rad footage of the Fallen team when they were here in 2011. The video features Tommy Sandoval, Jack Curtain, Brian “Slash” Hanson, Garret Hill, Tom Asta, Anthony Shultz and more.


Revolution, Almost and Globe team rider Jean-Marc Johannes getting technical.

Trick order:

1: Late Hardflip.
2: Nollie back foot impossible backside 180.
3. Nollie Late flip Pretzel.
4: 360 shuvit late varial flip.
5: Fakie front foot inward heelflip.

This is getting ridiculous.


Check out the videos from the Pro and Masters divisions of the 2013 Vans Pool Party.

Pro Division:

That bowl looks super deep and pretty gnarly to skate, but the pro’s make it look so easy. There are even guys skating it without pads. Watch out for Rune Glifberg, Bucky Lasek and some other skaters.

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Masters Division:

It is so rad to see middle-aged guys still shredding hard. When most would have expected them to be in wheelchairs by now, guys like Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero show everyone what’s up.

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Ride Channel’s latest Trippin’ video features a visit to us in South Africa with a bunch of pro skateboarders like Jaws, Marty Murawski, Ryan Lay, Chris Pfanner, Charles Collet and a few others. Rad to see local skateboarders Jansen, Jobuert, Justus and Moses make an appearance too! It’s really cool to see international skateboarders shredding at our local spots and enjoying what we sometimes take for granted.


Vans recently hosted it’s fifth Vans Off the Wall Spring Classic event. The event took place on the 3rd of May 2013 in the costal town of Varazze, Italy. Thousands of skateboarders, press and people came to the event from all over Europe for the weekend. The video really makes the event look like such a good time, with super good skateboarding in an amazing mini-ramp and street park, good music, beautiful beachfront surroundings, and good times. This could easily be South Africa. We also really enjoyed the footage and animation in the video. Good job Vans!


The National Skate Collective have put together a survey to give to the City of Cape Town in order to try and get skateboarding to be recognised as a legitimate mode of transport and sport. The situation may seem hopeless sometimes, but here is something that you can actually do. So quit bitching, take 5 minutes out of your day and fill out the survey. Even if you do not live in Cape Town, support South African skateboarding!

Click HERE to go to the survey.

National Skate Collective

About the National Skate Collective:


We are a group of skateboarders from all disciplines and backgrounds who came together under the banner of strengthening the culture of skateboarding. NSC was formed in 2011 in order to facilitate communication between skateboarders and government. We have since formed a Non-Profit Organisation in order to unite skaters and support skateboarding initiatives in South Africa.


A skate-friendly South Africa which supports skateboarding as an active mode of transport as well as a sport


The National Skateboarding Collective (NSC) is to:
• Serve the skateboarding community
• Promote and strengthen the culture and sport of skateboarding
• Ensuring that skating is integrated and developed in South Africa
• Advocating for our rights for the attainment of equal opportunity
• Facilitate communication between skateboarders and government/organisations
• Create partnerships and networks amongst the skateboarding community
• Support skateboarding initiatives and projects

Check out the National Skate Collective Facebook page.


The Deathwish Video Free Screening

Pull into Revolution Long Street this Saturday (11 May) at 3PM to catch the free screening for Deathwish’s new video, “The Deathwish Video”.

For more info, check out the Facebook event HERE.

To stand a chance to win a copy, here’s what you need to do:

– “Like” the Revolution Facebook page and/or
– “Follow” @Revolutioncoza on Twitter
– Comment below with who your favourite Deathwish rider is
– Be present at the screening

The winner will be announced in a lucky draw on the night.

The Deathwish Video Cover

The Deathwish Video

The Deathwish Video

The Deathwish Video

The Deathwish Video

The Deathwish Video

In this explosive story of revenge and urban violence, Jim Greco and Erik Ellington team up with a group of skateboarders who have a change of opinion after their favorite spots are mercilessly knobbed and destroyed by a gang of thugs posing as authority figures. Slash is arrested, Lizard King is assaulted by a skatepark ledge, and Furby’s board is stolen. They then turn vigilante as they stalk the mean streets of Los Angeles with Moose and Neen Williams, on the prowl for handrails, gaps and dangerous spots of that nature. The Deathwish Video is an epic and controversial film that is frank and original in its treatment of urban skateboarding and the average citizen’s helplessness in dealing with it. Various artists wrote the musical score. And watch for a young Jon Dickson in his film debut as one of the pros.

The video features Deathwish team riders Erik Ellington, Jon Dickson, Brian “Slash” Hansen, Neen Williams, Furby, Jim Greco, Moose and Lizard King.

Check out the video below for a taste of “The Deathwish Video”.


If you haven’t seen Hello Jojo, the 2006 video from Cliché Skateboards, then get ready to get amped. Cliché just put up Joey Brezinski’s video part from the video, and it is incredible, even though it was roughly 7 years ago. Enjoy…

Don’t live in the past though. Make sure you check out Bon Voyage, the latest video from Cliché Skateboards! You can get it here:



Last week we met up with KFD team rider Ryan Naidoo in Milnerton to skate some street and hang out. Ryan is a really nice guy and super talented skateboarder. Alan Adams, also on KFD, and his crew also pulled in. We snapped a few photos of them and their friends.



















Photos by Justus Kotze.


Cliché skateboards Bon Voyage out now on iTunes trailer from Cliché skateboards on Vimeo.

If you were at the screening of Bon Voyage at Your Mom’s bowl in Cape Town last night, you will already know how good this video is. Really good filming and editing, and obviously an insane level of skateboarding from the Cliché riders. If you weren’t there, check out the trailer and then download it on iTunes!

Take a ride with the Cliché team across Europe, Australia, the USA, China & Japan and experience some of the best spots ever skated. Travel is the essence of skateboarding so get in the car, train, boat or plane and hit the road… Bon Voyage!

Featuring: Lucas Puig, Daniel Espinoza, Flo Mirtain, Joey Brezinski, Andrew Brophy, Peter Eldridge, Sammy Winter, JB Gillet, Max Geronzi, Charles Collet, Lem Villemin, Javier Mendizabal, Kevin Bradley, Jeremie Daclin, Paul Hart, and Adrien Coillard.

Director: Boris Proust

Bon Voyage is available now on iTunes here:


Baker Skateboards presents “Baker Zone” featuring: Andrew Reynolds, Dustin Dollin, Jeff Lenoce, Kevin Long, Bryan Herman, Terry Kennedy, Braydon Szafranski, Sammy Baca, Don Nguyen, Theotis Beasley, Justin Figueroa, Shane Heyl, Beagle Oneism, Nasty Neck, Riley Hawk, Dee Ostrander, Cyril Jackson, Mike White, Tristan Funkhouser and more.


Kilian Martin is back again with a breathtaking new video part in India. This is a beautifully shot film exploring india by wheels and will really make you want to leave the office early today to go skating!


Last weekend at Salesians was the Tech Sessions competition in partnership with Woodies Ramps, Red Bull, Revolution, Almost and Globe. There were 60 skateboarders of all ages that competed in the divisions as well as a good support crowd that came along to watch the comp.
Jean Marc hosted the event and forced the skaters to really push themselves. The skaters were expected to do a 3 – 4 skate run using the ramps and obstacles in the course. Jamie from Woodies Ramps also did a great job at making some additions to the set up at the park. Well done to all the skaters that competed!

Thanks to Nebula for the write up and photos. Have a look at their site for more pictures over here.





This year at the 15th Annual TWS Awards, Steve Van Doren was Transworld’s Eric Stricker Memorial Award recipient, an award given to those who support and give back to skateboarding in a major way. Below is the video that was shown at the Awards.


The DC Embassy has an awesome video section of the TransWorld video crew. While in Barcelona filming for Perpetual Motion, they had a session at the Embassy. #PM25 available on iTunes April 11.


Your Mom’s Wheels Presents: Project #1 Tranny at Your Mom’s House.
Local Cape Town skaters create mayhem, chaos and destruction!



Come down to Salesians Skate Park in Cape Town on the 20th of April 2013 for the TECH SESSION contest. Check out the facebook event here.

Its the first of its kind and open to all skaters!

There will be a qualifying round and a final.

-Warm up and registration from 12:00 – 13:00
-Qualifying round : (depending on the amount of skaters)
two groups with one hour for each group to qualify.Riders take turns to get there line,if you dont make your line the first turn the next rider goes.The list of riders will go from top to bottom and repeat until the time is up.So you have more than one attempt to make a line.

-Top ten riders will qualify and move to finals.

-Finals : Jam session with Two riders at a time.

-Top 3 Podium.

What is it all about?

This is a “lines contest” format, there is a maximum of four obstacles
to throw down a line. All the tricks in your line has to be landed in order for it to count in your favour in the qualifiers and finals.

(For example- if there are four obstacles to throw down four tricks, and you do not make your last trick.The line will not count and you would have to start the line from the beginning.)

With one qualifying round and one final, put your tech tricks in solid lines and stand a chance to take home a cut of R6000!!!

Bring your friends and Crews down to Salesians Next week Saturday 20th of april for a awesome day of skating, Red Bull and all round good vibes.

(Please see event times)

Supported By Red Bull.


Check out this really insightful interview with Guy Mariano shot a couple days after his big win at the 15th Annual Transworld Skateboarding Awards.


Check out this really feel good posi video presented by Vans. Grosso sits down with the guys from the DIY Channel Street park in San Pedro where they talk about how they built their own park under the bridge.


The Sk8room is the first online platform to promote skateboards from around the world that are works of art. To get the wheels rolling they recently collaborated with street artist Roa on 3 variations of limited edition skateboard. Twenty percent of all sales are donated to Skateistan who are a not for profit empowerment program that teaches children how to skateboard in places like Cambodia and Afghanistan.


On Friday the 15th of March 2013 a group of about 200 skaters bombed Loop Street and all ended up at Thibault Sqaure! Pinki en Da Bruin were also there to entertain the skaters with some ‘jas’ music! Thanks to Africa Skate, 20sk8, Infecting The City, The sk8 Collective and Matthew Lesch! All filming and editing done by Matthew Lesch!


The latest video from ZOO YORK brings us a look into the life of one of their sponsored riders Dave “BD” Willis. He starts his day with a session at the new Bronx skate park, heads downtown for some street skating and then a live hip hop performance as Santos Party Haus. Check out the video to learn more about how he got into skateboarding, hip hop as well as joining the Zoo York team.


Vans welcomes Russ Milligan to its Canadian skate team! Russ Milligan has been an icon of the Canadian skate scene for the last 15 years. Vans are honoured to have him on the team who has been holding his own for a very long time. His humble attitude fits perfectly with the ethos of Vans and he now joins the team featuring Antoine Asselin and Riley Boland.



TransWorld SKATEboarding recently awarded Tommy Guerrero at this years Legend Awards. The award was announced at the 15th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards in February 2013. The Legend Award aims at honouring individuals in the skateboarding community that have made a significant impact in the skateboarding scene.

As a member of the legendary Bones Brigade during the peak of the 80’s skateboarding craze, Tommy became the face of “streetstyle” when at the time this concept was about to change the face of skateboarding. Tommy put his home town of San Francisco on the international skateboarding map with his creative use of its hills and urban landscape. The first offical “street pro” in skateboarding history, Tommy has influenced what modern street skateboarding is today.

Tommy Guerrero makes some great music that is worth checking out too!


We shared with you a video on Killian Martin earlier this week and this is yet another fantastic video on this freestyle skateboarder. The video merges art and skateboarding set in a unique location and shows the diversity and skills of this unique skateboarder. You have to check out this creative trick at 2:42.