It has been five years since first seeing it written on the walls and ramps of Mitchells Plein skatepark, this past weekend 20sk8, in collaboration with DSTV and the exploitation of the less empowered saw the 20sk8 ‘Kyk n Kroon’ contest.
With the ultimate goal of paying back to the producers of the blood, sweat, tears and broken bones that built and continue to maintain Mitchells Plein skateboarding, the Capital of 20sk8’s world. The concept was – ‘you land tricks, we give you kroon’. kroon is Cape Flats slang for money. Kroon is also Afrikaans for crown, which represents the pinnacles of power. Sponsored by Monster Energy and our number one skate shop in Cape Town – Boardhub.
Registration started and the laaities were kak amped for the kroon. Soon after Shuaib Philander announced the start of the contest, those who wield the most power on the Cape Flats pulled the plug. Yes! Eskom’s load shedding had Toothless screaming at the crowd – “Eskom cannot switch off our voices”, and the amateur section was underway.
Skateboarders and spectators alike came from all over the Peninsula to witness names such as Allan Adams, Ryan Naidoo and Mettas Arends (to name a few) open up their bags of ‘Christmas came a bit early this year’. With lots of spot prizes and product give-aways & about 50 cash prizes awarded during the day, everyone left in good spirit and by the end of the event there was electricity again. Filled with connection and positivity, 20sk8 persists in the ongoing procurement of power. There were no reported robberies or fatalities during this event and everyone returned back home in good health.
Words – Toothless
All Photos courtesy of Grant Mclachlan
Toufeeq Raubenheimer – Tre noseslide
Lee Adams – Fakie flip tailslide
Ethan Cairns – Crooked Grind
Herby Dexter – Nollie front feeble
Justin Adonis – FS blunt
Toufeeq Raubenheimer – 360 flip
Ryan Naidoo – Kickflip
Lee Adams – Kickflip Crooked Grind
Enwin Gelant – Huge 360 flip
Allan Adams – 360 flip noseslide
Quinton Robertson – Transfer tailslide
Allan Adams – Double fingerflip
Andrew Nero – FS noseblunt
Ryan Naidoo – Flip to fakie
Andrew Nero trying to control the kids
Drank that drank
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