Now this sounds like a high class Skateboarding event. One of the most anticipated events on the South African skateboarding calendar, the Red Bull Manny Mania, is set to embrace the digital realm this year. For the 2012 contest, entries to the event are being accept via online video submission. The Red Bull Manny Mania 2012 is scheduled to take place on the 9th of June 2012 at the Wave House in Gateway, Durban. Skaters wanting to enter can upload a 45 second video edit showcasing their skills on a manual pad to the international ‘Red Bull Manny Mania’ Facebook Page to stand a chance of qualifying for the final.
The Red Bull Manny Mania is centered around the ‘manual’ trick aka, the ‘manny’. The 2012 edition of Red Bull Manny Mania will be the third installment of the contest locally. For those of you who did not know, 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.
Last year’s top 3: Moses Adams, Dlamini Dlamini and Dada Marumo will automatically qualify for the 2012 final at Wave House. The skater that takes the 2012 Red Bull Manny Mania title will win an all-expenses paid trip to New York, USA, to represent South Africa in the world Red Bull Manny Mania world amateur finals. It sounds like last year’s winner, Moses Adams, is looking forward to this year’s competition: “Getting to go to New York to represent South Africa was such a big experience for me and I really enjoyed it. I’m going to do my best to defend my title and go to the world finals again this year.”
The Red Bull Manny Mania has seen thousands of participants put their two wheels to the ground in Red Bull Manny Mania events across the globe, from America and Europe, to Africa and the Middle East. Red Bull Manny Mania 2012 provides an opportunity for one skater to battle their way from their neighbourhood streets to the biggest stage in the world.
Entry into Red Bull Manny Mania is restricted to anyone aged 14 (as of June 9, 2012) or older who is a resident of South Africa and Amateur athletes (i.e. those who have entered a contest at the professional level at any point or have had a signature product sold in stores or received royalties from a product are not allowed to enter the competition.)
The following countries are participating in this year’s Red Bull Manny Mania contest: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium,
Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland,
Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, the UK an the USA.
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