adidas Skateboarding in Namibia 2015

adidas Skateboarding Namibia 2015

The adidas South Africa skateboarding team recently explored the unknown territories of Namibia. They travelled to the capital city of Windhoek and made their way back to Cape Town via Swakopmund, Luderitz, Sossusvlei and small coastal towns.

Filmed by: Adriaan Louw & Leon Bester
Edited by: Adriaan Louw & Pieter Retief

Heroine & Group Photo Exhibition at The Pit

Tow Aways Group Photography Exhibition At The Pit

There is a group photography exhibition at a free performance by local band, Heroine, taking place at The Pit in Cape Town next week Thursday! Click on either of the photos to go to the Facebook event.

“Tow Aways” Zine Launch & Group Photography Exhibition

Lani Spice will be launching her photo zine “Tow Aways” showcasing analog work from some great local photographers. The “Tow Aways” exhibition consists of hundreds of photos from the many photographers who have been connected with The Pit and Clarke’s throughout the years. The exhibition will tell the story of the space, the people and what goes on in their lives beyond Bree Street.

Featuring: Black Koki, Ello Weezi, Suzy Snakes, Dewald Bruwer, Thys Lötter, Andrew Turpin, Jess James Harris, Danielle Clough, Laura Windvogel, Leon Bester, John Alex Second, Donovyn Le Roux, Justin Poulter, Thomas Pepler, Adriaan Louw, Juliette Raymer, Pauline Anne, Kent Lingenveld, Natalie Pereira, Anke Loots Alexia Webster and more…

Heroine at The Pit

RVCA x The Pit First Thursdays
133 Bree Street


Midway Mayhem Rider Cup and Am Street Finals

Featuring Revolution team riders Byron Rhoda and Jean-Marc Johannes, and TK Modise, Keerin Noah, Jean Gerber, Brad Balie, Justin Adonis, Toufeeq Raubenheimer, Ofentse Ramakanye, Alan Marola, Evan Binge, Khulu Dlamini, Leon Bester, Brendan Jack Dyamond, Brandon Valjalo, Shuaib Philander, Allan Adams, Pieter Retief, Braxton Haine, Kanya Spani, Dlamini Dlamini, Yann Horowitz, and Khule Ngubane.

Filmed and edited by Matt Lesch.


Shuaib Philander Dwayne ErasmusShuaib Philander

All photos by Dwayne Erasmus.

Check out some more photos and the final results here.

Alan Adams at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusAlan Adams

Brendan Jack Dyamond at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusBrendan Jack Dyamond

Brendan Jack Dyamond at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusBrendan Jack Dyamond

Bryce Rheeder at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusBryce Rheeder

Byron Rhoda at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusByron Rhoda

Damien Bramley at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusDamien Bramley

Dlamini Dlamini at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusDlamini Dlamini

Evan Binge at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusEvan Binge

Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne Erasmus

John Bongi Manyala at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusJohn Bongi Manyala

Leon Bester at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusLeon Bester

T Kay Modise at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusT Kay Modise

T Kay Modise at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusT Kay Modise

Tian van Rensburg at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTian van Rensburg

Trae Rice at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTrae Rice

Trae Rice at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTrae Rice

Tyler Kammies at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusTyler Kammies

Yann Horowitz at Midway Mayhem Photo by Dwayne ErasmusYann Horowitz


The WSGP/KDC Rider Cup Teams Skateboarding Championships features eight 4-man teams comprised of SA’s best skaters competing in a head-to-head jam format competition on Friday, 27 September at the KDC. Three teams qualified from each of the 3 Boogaloos Grand Slam Rider Cup Qualifiers in CPT, DBN, & JHB securing their spots in the Rider Cup Finals. Additional entries were chosen from a quite large range of video entries that were submitted via our website. Only four teams will advance via online video entry.

Here are the teams that qualified at Rider Cup (formerly All Cities) qualifiers at one of three Grand Slam stops:


Woolf’s and Two Other Dudes (JHB)

Photo courtesy of

1. Adam Woolf
2. David Woolf
3. Brandon Valjalo
4. Anthony De Mendonca

20SK8 (CPT)

Photo courtesy of

1. Wesley Schroeder
2. Shuaib Philander
3. Ryan Naidoo
4. Tofeeq Raubenheimer

Scumbags (DBN)

Photo courtesy of

1. Dlamini Dlamini
2. Khule Ngubane
3. Braxton Haine
4. Jean-Marc Johannes


Plankie / Dope (CPT)

1. Kanya Spani
2. Joubert van Staden
3. Alan Morola
4. Dyllan Vaughn

Technique (CPT)

1. Warrick Delport
2. Uri Rubin
3. Dean Marais
4. Marcel van der Walt

G13 (PTA)

1. Kufie Kruger
2. Evan Binge
3. Stuart Walker
4. Ruben Els

Streets Crew (CPT)

1. Leon Bester
2. Jaun Smit
3. Pieter Retief
4. Craig Leak


Leon Bester

Leon Bester is one of the nicest guys you might ever meet. A local Cape Town boy, Leon has been active in skateboarding, art, photography and videography for a while now, and owns at both. Find out more about the man behind the wayfarers. We introduce you to Leon Bester…

Take us through a day in the life of Leon Bester.

Alarm goes off, snooze button, snooze button, snooze button. This goes on for quit a while. Then I’ll start my day with a nice cup of tea, check on my plants and water them. Next I’ll jump into some denims and depending on the weather I’ll cycle down to the Woodstock Exchange to take care of business. If I leave before sunset I’ll go for a little skate, maybe a cheeky beer after. Then it’s dinner time and chill time.

Who/what inspires/influences you to do art?

There are endless things that will inspire me or spark a new thought or idea. I love to gather inspiration from all over and from many different things, situations and artists.

What sparked your interest in screen printing?

When I started my course in Graphic Design at Cape Tech, I was always fascinated in printmaking and I knew screen printing was part of our course, but only from second year. After my first year they pretty much scratched screen printing from our course, so when the time came to go and do an internship, I decided to intern at ilovescreenprinting. After the two week internship I was hooked on this new skill I’ve learned. I pretty much built a DIY set-up and bought a few screens and just carried on printing. For the whole of 2012 I ran my own screen printing studio in the northern suburbs. I mostly printed t-shirts, but my favourite is to print onto wood. I don’t print as much anymore, but it’s always fun to go mess around in the studio and make some t-shirts or print some artwork, get covered in paint, etc.

Leon BesterKlick Klak Exhibition Photos. Screen print on wood.

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?

I am really amped on all of the adidas projects I have been involved with. The most recent being the PE (Port Elizabeth) skate trip and the Gonz Exhibition. Always good fun and interesting trips. Another one stands out; about 2 months ago, Toby from ‘Hello Again’ in long street asked myself and Inus Smuts to do some t-shirt designs for his shop. I did a photo series on well known streets and landmarks of Cape Town, but from a first person view on a bicycle. I pretty much looked like crazy tourist cycling in the middle of the streets through town with my camera dangling from my neck while shooting the photos, haha. But I am really happy with the way it came out in the end. Risked my life a few times to get those shots, haha.

What are you listening to right now?

Yeasayer, Tame Impala, Neil Young, Future Island and some Witch.

What is this ‘Streets’ gang you’re part of? Does your Mom know about it?

Hahaha! Streets is pretty much a bunch of homies that love to skate, travel, braai, hang out, smash some beers and cause all sorts of shit together. Yeah, we are a diverse group of people that just started skating together in the school years and we still skate, hang out and make missions together as much as we can.

streets-design-clock-screen-printed‘Streets’ design clock. Screen printed.

You were a videographer on the recent adidas skateboarding trip to PE. Care to share any stories from the trip?

There are so many good stories from that trip. Like when we had to saw off this piece of railing to make a handrail skateable. Or Jansen swinging and smashing everything in his way with the one golf club we had with us. Khulu falling over into the bath tub. Pieter giving Jansen a tomato relish shower. Yann shredding that bowl by the park. I can go on and on. There are so many.

Where are you at in skateboarding at the moment? Are you still pushing as hard as you always were?

At the moment I am just enjoying skateboarding for what it is to me. Sometimes I would just hang out with everybody and have a mellow session. Then other times I would find myself jumping or grinding stuff I would never even have looked at before.

Leon Bester Smith Grind Bowl. Photo by Wayne ReicheLeon smith grinds a bowl. Photo by Wayne Reiche.

What are your favorite things about South Africa?

Definitely all the amazing destinations to travel to and all them characters you meet along the way.

Shout outs?

My family for supporting and helping me out since forever. All of my friends for being unique characters. The streets homies, everybody I skate with, people I make art with, Inus Smuts for the daily entertainment, adidas, revolution, the woodstock studio mates and friends, the Pit, everybody that has helped me out on my travels… so many people to thank. All of you play a unique role, so thanks.

adidas Task Bookadidas Task Book


Buck Tour PrintsBuck Tour prints


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)