Khule Ngubane is always key competitor in any skate contest he enters. Having finished in 3rd place at the 2022 Street Lines Skate Tournament, we caught up with him to get his take on the tournament and more…
Full name: Khule Ngubane
Years skating: 16 Years
Sponsors: Monster Energy, Thank You, Converse and Jacker
How would you best sum up the 2022 Street Lines Skate Tournament?
Good vibes from some of South Africa’s best skateboarders and the community of Pretoria.
What was your highlight of the day and why?
Being able to skate and socialising with everybody, we hardly all see each other in one place unless there’s an event happening.
How does the Thrashers Skatepark suit your style of skating?
It doesn’t really suit my style but being a professional skateboarder, you have to adapt and perform regardless. Thrashers Skatepark is one of the oldest parks still standing in South Africa, so for me, I was just grateful to contribute to that history in 2022 .
Coming into the contest, what were your expectations and were they reached?
I didn’t have any specific expectations, I just wanted to skate well, which I did. My first run was flawless and on my second run I switched it up by being spontaneous. This had the crowd really excited and inspired, so at least I reached the people .
What does it mean to you to have finished 3rd in the Men’s division?
Unfortunately the contest got rained out, so we couldn’t complete the finals accordingly. Which means one of my qualifying runs got me 3rd. I was just grateful to be able to represent and place.
Which skaters impressed you the most on the day, and why?
Boipelo (Awuah) killed it on behalf of the females, she did a nose slide down the hubba, which made me stoked to see. Also Marci (Rodrigues) had a really cool run, can’t wait to see his potential blossom as he gets older in his skateboarding career .
What would you like to see included into the next Street Lines Skate Tournament?
I’d like to see the next Street Lines not being 45 second runs but more of a skate jam format, due to how the skatepark is set up. I saw most skaters struggling on their 45 sec runs. But, if you we a three man heat and made the skaters jam, you’d be able to skate the whole park instead of being selective to the main section of the park due to timing.
What do you feel an event like Street Lines does for Skateboarding in South Africa and where would you like to see it go?
There’s not a lot of skateboarding contests happening in Pretoria, so Street Lines is preserving the culture and has kids looking forward to something. This means they will want to continue skating, which is crucial in South Africa because skating is an Olympic sport. Hopefully with each year that passes, more sponsors and investors will recognise the need for its growth. Then more good things will come for the next kids that are passionate about skateboarding.
What’s next for Khule Ngubane?
New business ventures within skateboarding. Putting out more music under my stage name Koolair. Moving overseas to pursue skateboarding fully and being around the facilities that can help me elevate beyond this level.As much as I love being home, when you get to a certain level here in South Africa you can’t go any higher. You just repeat things annually. So it’s best I go abroad and explore new opportunities.
Shout-out to the South African skateboarding community. I appreciate each soul that has supported me over the years. Got nothing but love for everybody. God bless.
Photos by Grant McLachlan.