Dallas Oberholzer: My Journey In Skateboarding

by EyethuSkatePark

Skateboarding has been my vehicle of discovery for over 30 years. After completing a bachelor of commerce degree I set out to skate in the world cup of skateboarding. Upon returning I felt a need to give back by creating a uniquely African skateboarding destination, this is how Indigo Skate Camp was found in a Zulu village. This rural facility grew from 2001 with contributions from more fortunate urban participants who attended youth camps while fostering social cohesion.

The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation joined our efforts in 2007in using ‘sport’ for social good, as we attended more to the needs of the immediate community and became a registered NGO. Standout skateboarders from Indigo Skate Camp then become instructors. Together we developed training manuals incorporating life lessons and skills transfer through skateboarding. This is how Indigo Youth Movement (IYM) includes and continues to guide more youths into the world of skateboarding.

Our efforts to grow skateboarding have been acknowledged by the dept of sports and rec who awarded us the best recreational sporting body in SA for 2015. More recently the City of Cape Town has signed a memorandum of agreement with us to support our after school instruction sessions operating in the Cape Flats at 4 sites which has shown success since its inception in 2010.

Tony hawk; “Indigo is proof that skateboarding can change the world” 2009

Having lived a life immersed in skateboarding, I have a wealth of knowledge having spent countless hours in skate parks around the world, managing skate parks, like the infamous WaveHouse in Durban, the old Canal Walk facility to the Durban Beachfront skate park. It seemed like a logical next step to learn how to build concrete skate parks and so I set out to develop a skate park construction crew from within the Zulu Village who have built 8 skate parks in the past 5 years, from Soweto to the Northern Cape to KZN’s South Coast.

My goal as a resident of Hout Bay is foremost to have a good place to skate close to home, but I also see the facility as serving as a safe space for youths to engage with one another. The reality of our skateboarding culture is its inclusivity and Indigo plans to ensure this is possible by making skateboards, skate shoes, protective gear available to all willing participants. In time Indigo Youth Movement ( IYM ) will sight and nurture young leaders from within the local IYM community to run IYM programs. I am confident that this planned facility will exceed everyone’s expectations, it will be another shining example of the possibilities of skateboarding and become a hot spot for all Hout bay residents. See you there.

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Indigo Skate Camp was the founding pilot project in a Zulu village in the Valley of 1 000 Hills. This rural facility grew from 2001 with contributions from more fortunate urban participants who attended youth camps at the facility. Today Indigo Skate Camp hosts a tourism ambassador programme employing 35 youths in the surrounding village.

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