Durban (South Africa) – In a field of the country’s best professional skaters and in an area that skating is usually prohibited in , Moses Adams fought off Dlamini Dlamini and Jean-Marc Johannes to win Red Bull Unlocked on the stairs at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
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In a hotly-contested final against Dlamini Dlamini, Jean-Marc Johannes, Braxton Haines and Yann Horowitz on the smooth, polished concrete surfaces at Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park, Cape Town resident Moses Adams impressed the judges to win the first ever Red Bull Unlocked.
Adams proved throughout the competition that he was hungry for the win by landing some of the most insane tricks of the day. He fought off the competition with his sensational final run which included a varial heel flip, a nollie flip and a frontside flip.
“We never get to skate at somewhere like this. The surface is so nice to skate on – no cracks or rocks and just so smooth,” remarked Adams. “I felt really comfortable today and just worked on getting to the finals. Dlamini was really skating well and I’m just glad I did my best and was able to win. “
The one-day skateboarding event, unique in the fact that it gives participants access to an area where their sport would be ordinarily be prohibited, was judged by some of the most esteemed skaters in the community – Andrew Morck, Ken-Rae James and Editor at Session Skateboarding Magazine, Brendan Body,
Asked about the level of talent at the competition, Brendan Body commented: “The level of talent was super high and one of the highest I’ve seen in competition in a long time. With the event taking place at a street spot with the stairs and the inclusion of the hub and rail we saw some of best street skaters in a setup that worked for them and their skills.”
“It was really close between Dlamini and Moses in the final. Moses was consistent and super smooth throughout – he clinched it with his last two runs where he pulled out tricks Dlamini didn’t have.”
5. Braxton Haines
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