Skateboarding in Rural South Africa

I’ve said it so many times but skateboarding has been one of the most important things to me since I first stepped on a board. I’m at the point in my life where I’ve skated for more than half my life, and in that time the simple act has helped me make lifelong connections and brought me all over the world. I mean, the main reason I’m currently living in Shanghai is all thanks to skateboarding. I came here originally to help open an indoor skatepark in Shanghai and stuck around because of the people and relationships I’ve formed; again, all thanks to skateboarding (and cycling).

National Geographic, along with Jess Colquhoun, put together this beautiful piece on the Indigo Skate Camp and its meaning to the Zulu Villagers of South Africa. You’ll see how the simple act is helping the youth learn and grow through the activity of skating. It follows them to their first contest, where the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the session.

This is a must watch.