Skateboarding: from Tony Hawk to a Zulu village

Skateboarding: from Tony Hawk to a Zulu village

“I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport.” said Tony Hawk, and that's why skateboarding is no doubt more than a lifestyleDuring the ‘60s in California, while the Beach Boys climbed the charts singing Barbara Ann and were livening up the entire West Coast, the surfers had the chanche to hit the waves even in the absence of rough seas. Skateboards gave them the opportunity to express their passion, even in conditions that generally didn’t allow it.

Over the years, skate has not been taken very seriously, most of all it was considered as a hobby or a kids game. Nowadays skateboarding has become an actual sport, and in 2016 it was announced that skateboarding will be represented at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Despite this extreme sport has achieved a great goal, skateboarding is even more than all this since it has made social integration of Indigo Skate Camp children, in South Africa, possible.

We are in a Zulu village in the Valley of 1000 Hills, where the sun shines high through the hills and the kids often play - they surely do - but in very dangerous places that can seriously put their lives at risk, like the streets.

Things have changed with the arrival in the village of Dallas Oberholzer. The founder of the Indigo Skate Camp set out to nurture sustainable skateboarding environments in the most unlikely places. Thanks to this he created a genuine safety net for the kids of the village, who are protected by their coaches and by the sport they teach them, but there is even more: “They teach me to respect someone like you respect yourself” this is what Andile, a kid from the village, has learnt thanks to this sport.

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“Indigo is proof that skateboarding can change the world” - Tony Hawk