“We skate to create a better community, we encourage a lifestyle of self-improvement through attributes that skateboarding teaches, to never quit,” says Sese Klaas.
Sese is a a 19 year model and entrepreneurship student who co-founded the 784 Skate Culture with Dumisani Wambi.
“Throughout high school, I’ve been involved in recreational activities,” she explains herself.
As a sport enthusiastin Khayelitsha she struggled to find sport organisations that offer sports other than soccer or netball.
Until she met Dumisani Wambi the Managing Director of Real Youth International who introduced her to basketball.
However, she was not really interested in basketball, and after discussions, ideas about 784 Skate Culture were mooted.
Since Wambi had extensive experience in managing programmes and working with the youth, they decided to co-partner on 784 Skate Culture.
The 784 Skate Culture mission is to maintain a network of skateboarding in Khayelitsha and formalise its potential.
“Our eventual goal is to highlight and see the existance of a skate park in Khayelitsha for the extreme sport in our youth to thrive. We want our youth in our township to expand on this vision and ambition, skateboarding is able to reflect this mind-set,” she said.
They have a group of enthusiastic novice skaters from the ages of 10 years and girls have have shown interest in the genre.
“Our mission is to allow youth in extreme sports to freely express their talent and potential,” she added.
Their main aim remains one of encouraging excellence in skateboarding and attracting support and interest for their programmes and competitions.
“We have various challenges that threaten the progress of this initiative but we are soldiering on,” she said.
They need female volunteers to teach beginners, skateboards, skate shoes and ramps for the team.
Luyone Ndinisa,19, aka Stuzzy, is a matriculant and hip hop artist who started skating in 2014.
Later in the year he met Mpho who was skating past his home. The two then shared a discussion about skateboarding.
Afterwards they went to find other skateboarders from around Khayelitsha.
Mpho said it has kept him out of bad things and used skateboarding as a mind freeing activity.
He started learning other tricks like “popping, switching, tip tapping and grind pop swerve, but I’m still learning and enjoying skating.
It was what I did on my free time and also used it as way of mobility to school and other distant places. He faced many challenges with this sport, as he was sometimes mugged but will always find a ways to save to buy a new board.
He says, joining 784 skate culture brought back his passion for skateboarding because the collective organized the programmes and gave them a broader exposure to the culture, attending events like the open streets, which they loved and enjoy as they get to network and learnd new tricks from others.
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