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MBDA Innovating Development Landscapes In Nelson Mandela Bay

Judo Chop (25) performing stunts on his skateboard at the Kings Beach Development Skateboarding Contest which took place recently. The contest was aimed at promoting and encouraging skateboarding amongst the youth of Port Elizabeth and is supported by Mandela Bay Development Agency.

MBDA Innovating Development Landscapes In Nelson Mandela Bay

The MBDA is continuing to innovate developing landscapes in Port Elizabeth by keeping spaces such as Kings Beach Skatepark alive.

Youngsters from Nelson Mandela Bay braved the rainy and chilly weather and came out in their numbers to compete in the Skateboarding Contest held at King’s Beach Skate Park..

The aim of the King’s Beach Developmental Skateboarding Contest event is to promote and encourage skateboarding amongst the youth of Port Elizabeth, especially targeted at new, inexperienced and underprivileged skateboarders as well as beginners already skateboarding with the need for coaching, training and equipment. 

The goal is for the youth to develop a passion for skateboarding, which in turn allows them an alternative outlet for their energy, provides them freedom of creativity and expression, on and off their boards.

Many skateboarders get inspired to develop into artists, musicians, film makers, photographers and even actors.

Through the art of skateboarding a culture of creativity is created and inspired.

The competition was divided into three sections to accommodate beginners, intermediate and advanced skateboarders.  Some of the competitors travelled all the way from Jeffery’s Bay, Grahamstown and East London respectively.

Kings Beach Skateboarding (KBS) has grown and the youth have started progressing in skateboarding.

 Session Magazine (the only skate magazine in South Africa) has taken interest in KBS and has done a feature on them.

 KBS also helps young kids progress in skateboarding and their personal lives.  

It teaches them to take the focus and energy they have on skateboarding and use it in the same manner at home and at school.  

“If these kids can adopt such positive behaviors and attitudes they will influence others within their age groups”, Reiyadh Saban (Founder of KBS) commented.  

He said that they hope to make this an annual event as it has turned out to be a success.  

They have other events planned for the year ahead such as Go Skateboarding Day around winter and Halloween Night Jam in October.


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