September 17, 2018

Organized by The Boardr and sponsored by Vans, the African Continental Championships park series went down this weekend in Cape Town and it gave South African hopefuls a chance to show out and earn a spot at the Park Series World Championships—and perhaps even the pro tour.

Ultimately, the Vans Park Series African Continental Championships that concluded Saturday, Sept. 15th was more than a regional showcase for local talent. It was a first-of-its-kind event in Africa that brought to life the area’s first public skate bowl. That’s the kind of sporting development we have a soft spot for, so we couldn’t help but shine a quick light on the results from this one.

 

Vans African Continental Championships Fast Facts

  • All skaters must have met regional eligibility requirements
  • There’s a Vans Park Series iOS app
  • Skaters either went until they fell or until the 30-second timer ended
  • Four runs only
  • Five skater jams total, in order
  • Scoring was made based on “overall impression”
  • Only the top eight made it to the finals of a Jam
  • The oldest participant was Brett Shaw from Durban, South Africa at the age of 45
  • The youngest participant was Manoa Mayer from Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 12 (yup, 12!)

 

Results 

Competition was fierce but there could be only one. (How very Highlander of us.)

It was Yann Horowitz who came away with top honors… and if that name’s at least vaguely familiar to you, well, there’s probably a couple reasons for that.

But first, here’s how the primary results broke down:

 

1st Place

Yann Horowtiz, Age 27  

Ranked 379th

2nd Place

Thalente Biyela, Age 25  

Ranked 755th

3rd Place

Kalvyn Mac Millan, Age 29  

Ranked 603rd

Full contest results here.

 


Repping South Africa, the 27-year-old Horowitz stole the show and looks poised to advance beyond his 379th-ranked global ranking (remember, this isn’t the pro tour). Sponsored by the likes of adidas, Stance, RVCA, and Baseline Skateshop, Horowitz isn’t your average “outside the top 300”-type competitor. An outspoken ambassador for the game, Horowitz is a riser in South Africa and a guy that’s getting his voice heard. (He also happens to be gay but prefers to be known as a great skateboarder first-and-foremost; activist second). But no matter how you do or don’t know of him, he’s someone to watch.

You can follow Yann Horowtiz on Insta, @horoblitz.

P.S. The Vans Park Series Men’s Pro tour (going up a rung!) heads to Shanghai for the 2018 World Championships on October 26th-27th. As you can imagine, we’ll have some solid coverage for all of ya!