Andrea DoSouto | South Africa

AFTER THE IDEA FOR THIS TRIP HAD BEEN ON OUR MINDS FOR A LONG TIME, LAST DECEMBER A GROUP OF SKATERS AND I FINALLY HEADED TO SOUTH AFRICA. THE PLAN WAS TO DISTRIBUTE SHOES AND BOARDS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS. THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT HAS MADE A NUMBER OF SKATE PARKS IN POORER AREAS OVER RECENT YEARS BUT UNFORTUNATELY KIDS IN THESE AREAS DON'T HAVE ANY EQUIPMENT TO ENJOY THE FACILITIES. WITH THIS IN MIND WE WENT TO CHECK OUT THESE SICK NEW PARKS AND HOOK UP SOME KIDS AT THE SAME TIME. DELIVERING PRODUCT TO THE LOCALS AND GETTING AS MUCH CRAZY FOOTAGE AS POSSIBLE WAS OUR MISSION. THE SOUTH AFRICAN EXPEDITION WAS THE MOST GRATIFYING SKATE TRIP I HAVE EVER GONE ON. LEARNING TO APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU HAVE AND RECOGNIZING ALL THAT OTHERS GO WITHOUT IS A LESSON WE SHOULD NEVER FINISH LEARNING. OUR CREW COULD HAVE BEEN BIGGER, BUT NOT BETTER.THE ROUTE: CAPE TOWN, JEFFREY’S BAY, COFFE BAY, DURBAN, AND JOHANNESBURG...

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