National 15.8.2016 01:05 pm

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk shows skills in Germiston

Tony Hawk wows at Germiston Bowl. Picture: Nelius van der Merwe.

Tony Hawk wows at Germiston Bowl. Picture: Nelius van der Merwe.

Hawk was part of the groundbreaking launch of the South Africa’s first skate school, based in Maboneng, Johannesburg.

It was anything but a quiet Sunday at Germiston Lake yesterday as skateboarders and enthusiasts flocked to the Germiston Bowl to catch a glimpse of Tony Hawk, reports Germiston City News.

Word of his visit to South Africa spread like wildfire across social media after Hawk tweeted his involvement in a local project on Wednesday.

The legendary skater has partnered with nonprofit organisation Skateistan and WeChat.

Hawk was part of the groundbreaking launch of the Skateistan South Africa Skate School in Johannesburg. The school will offer free after-school education programmes mixed with skateboarding classes, and caters for children from five to 17 years old.

The local community has responded well to the school, which, according to the Skateistan website, opened to registered pupils on August 1, with the official launch on August 14. At least 130 youths are already registered.

The website states: “Thanks to the support of Royal Danish Embassy, Comic Relief and Tony Hawk Foundation, we will offer weekly programs to over 300 registered students in 2016, and more than 400 by the end of 2017.”

Hawk arrived to a roar of applause from fans.

Before heading to the Germiston Bowl half-pipe – where he was joined by skaters Shawn Hale, David Loy and Thalente Biyela – Hawk took time to greet fans and sign a few autographs.

The crowd, both young and old, were treated to an hour-long display in which Hawk showcased his signature skills and injured his shin in the process.

“Thanks to all the supporters for making skateboarding and education for youth empowerment a reality here in South Africa,” said Hawk.

Caxton News Service

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