One of the most anticipated events on the South African skateboarding calendar, Red Bull Manny Mania, is set to embrace the digital realm this year, with entries to the event being via online video submission. Scheduled to take place on 9 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.
Centred around the ‘manual’ trick aka, the ‘manny’, the 2012 edition of Red Bull Manny Mania will be the third instalment 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.
The top three in the 2011 event – 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.
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.”
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. Who will join the best this year? Who will be the chairman of the United Nations of skate? 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.
The winner of the 2011 Red Bull Manny Mania skateboarding contest, Moses Adams from Cape Town, executes a highly technical manual during the 2011 final. Adams went no to represent South Africa at the Red Bull Manny Mania grand final in New York, and the winner of the 2012 edition will follow suit, winning an all-expenses paid trip to NYC to take on the world’s best skateboarders.
Photo © Tyrone Bradley/Red Bull Photofiles
*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.
- 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.)
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