|Simon Stipcich - Photograph by Tyrone Bradley/Red Bull|
Being its 4th year of running, it all started off with a guy called Joey Brezinski and the basic trick performed by skateboarders, "the manual" which is a trick where the skater balances him/herself on either the back 2 or front 2 wheels of the board, there after performing various tricks from it such as rotations, flips, grinds and riding switches. I have it on good authority that only the best can do all of these consistently so in essence Manny Mania is an event made for those who have mastered these tricks and not for those who like me consider skating standing up a good enough trick. Joey felt that with the various skating competitions, none of the contestants focused on the manual and what tricks that could be worked from it, hence the inception of Manny Mania.
2011 see's 34 countries hosting qualifiers and South Africa having 4 qualifying events and then the finals that's hosted in Joburg.
Dates for the SA Events:
- June 4: Son Skate Park - Stellenbosch
- June 11: Element Skate Park - Jeffreys Bay
- June 18: Wave House Skate Park, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Durban
- June 25: Revolution Skate Park, Festival Mall, Kempton Park, Jhb
- June 26: Finals, Revolution Skate Park, Kempton Park, Jhb
Be aged 14 (as of August 21, 2010) or older. Be a resident of the country in which the event is being held and are an amateur athlete.
If you match the above, grab your board and get your ass down to any of the events or send an email in advance to RSAfirstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
- Full given name
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Contact numbers
- City of event want to participate in.
|Khule Nia - Photograph by Tyrone Bradley/Red Bull|
If you're looking at taking part then its best you head the advice of Jean-Marc Johannes (a Red Bull sponsored skater from Cape Town) and that is "PRACTICE"
If you cant make it to any of the events then you can follow all the live action on twitter by following @RedBullZA with the official event hashtag being #MannyMania.
Or for a complete list of global contests and updates, visit http://www.redbullmannymania.com/