SA skateboarder out to make history

Jean-Marc Johannes (Getty Images)
Jean-Marc Johannes (Getty Images)

Johannesburg - Professional skateboarder Jean-Marc Johannes aims to make history when he competes at the ProJam Festival International Open in Bali on Sunday.

After his success at the FISE World Series in Cheng Du, China, last year, the Guinness World record holder wants to take the first prize as one of only three international riders invited to take part in the ProJam.

The ProJam International Open marks the final stop of the ProJam International Extreme Games Tournament - and could bring bigger opportunities for Johannes in the near future.

“ProJam was a huge event on my calendar last year and one of my biggest goals. I was devastated when the volcanic eruptions in Bali forced the event to be cancelled, but I’m very grateful that I have a second chance to prove myself,” said Johannes.

The ProJam International Extreme Games Tournament consists of a series of 29 stops throughout the Asia Pacific region. Winners of the event in all categories of the tournament, including BMX and skateboarding, will compete in the final for the coveted title.

Having represented South Africa in two major events in the past year, the ProJams promise to open up another pathway for much bigger opportunities in the near future.

“I am very honoured to have been chosen to compete at the final stop, especially considering this event almost didn’t happen - and I know my two fellow skaters feel the same way. I believe that competing at FISE Am 2017 recently was the perfect preparation for a final as big as this one.”

Johannes made skateboarding history when he successfully landed a 3m gap between two containers suspended 10m in the air. He followed this up by becoming the first South African skater to cross the Liesbeek River, which hadn’t been skateboarded before, with three back-to-back tricks. 

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