This past weekend, Cape Town’s Moses Adams repeated his 2011 performance to walk away with the title at the 2012 Red Bull Manny Mania finals at the Wave House carpark in Durban on the afternoon of Saturday 9 June. The day was punctuated by world-class skateboarding. Inclement weather threatened to disrupt the event, so the decision was made to move the event from the Wave House skate park into the undercover carpark (where a specialised manual skate course had been constructed).
Despite facing stiff competition from 14 of South Africa’s best skateboarders, Adams’ consistency and flair saw him stringing together highly technical manual tricks on his way to the final, where he was able to maintain his form and walk away with the title for the second consecutive year.
In the final, Adams took on Durban hero, Thalente Biyela. The final opened with the Durbanite delivering the first salvo as he rode out a blunt to nose manual 180 out, much to the home crowd’s vocal approval. But as the final wore on, Adams gathered himself and was able to answer back, riding out a 360 flip to nose manny, and a switch heel flip to nose manual on the big box – both highly technical tricks which saw him awarded the victory.
Runner-up Biyela’s journey to the centre-stage of South African skating in the Red Bull Manny Mania final, is a truly inspiring one. Orphaned at a young age, Biyela was forced to eke out an existence on the streets of Durban, before finding his way to the Durban beachfront skatepark. There, a local skater gave the young Biyela one of his old boards, and in the plywood deck, metal trucks and polyurethane wheels, Biyela saw a way to get himself off the streets.
Another stand out on the day was third placed Zuhandre Yslie from Cape Town, whose ability to link together a myriad of smooth combination tricks saw him nudge out some of South Africa’s biggest names. Certainly a name to watch out for in the future, Yslie’s ability to manual on just one wheel (as opposed to the usual two), caught the judges’ eye, but he was just unable to oust Biyela and Adams in the cut-throat six man semi-final.
Adams will now fly to New York to represent South Africa in the Red Bull Manny Mania world amateur finals, scheduled to take place at Coleman Park on the 18th and 19th of August. In New York, Adams will have his skill on two wheels put to the test by the world’s best, as representatives from 12 countries and 5 continents showcase their manual skills in the hope of being crowned the Red Bull Manny Mania World Amateur Champ. He’s really looking forward to representing South Africa in New York again.
Centered around the ‘manual’ trick aka, the ‘manny’, the 2012 edition of Red Bull Manny Mania was the third installment of the contest locally. 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.
Red Bull Manny Mania has seen thousands of participants put their two wheels to the ground in events across the globe, from America and Europe, to Africa and the Middle East. Red Bull Manny Mania provides an opportunity for one skater to battle their way from their neighbourhood streets to the biggest stage in the world, and this year Cape Town’s Moses Adams will be our South African representative on this world stage.
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