Thursday, June 7, 2012

Red Bull Manny Mania 2012

Its that time of the year again, Red Bull Manny Mania time. This year 15 of the countries top contestants will descend upon the skate park at Gateways Wavehouse to compete against each other for a spot in the finals in NYC. The 2012 edition of Red Bull Manny Mania will be the third installment of the contest locally.

Just a quick reminder to those who are not sure what the contest is about. The popular skateboard trick the ‘manual’ trick aka, the ‘manny’. A Manny is essentially a skateboarding 'wheelie' - a balancing act that is a must-do in any new skateboarder’s skill set but can be made extremely difficult with limitless combinations.

I attended last years event as was blown away by the talent we've got here in Durbs. Not an avid skateboarder myself I stood aside in awe from what I saw. Kids pulling off some of the most insane, fearless tricks on their boards. Not giving a damn if they could injure them self, just trying there best to impress the judges and in the end of it all, just having fun.

This year however, things are a bit different. Contestants were asked to submit video compalations of them self to Red Bull Manny Mania judges and from there they selected who would make it through to this weekends competition. The lucky 15 from around the country that were invited to this weekends event are:

2012 Red Bull Manny Mania Invitees:

Cape Town
Moses Adams
Uri Reuben
Wesley Schroeder
Shuaib Philander
Zuhandre Yslie
Dylan Vaughan

Khule Ngubane Nia
George Van Blerk
Dlamini Dlamini
Thalente Biyela

Dada Marumo
Anthony de Mendoca
Michael Bervoets

Charl Steyn
JP Du Preez

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