Barcelona – Khule Ngubane is a skateboarder from Durban, South Africa. Originally from a poor neighborhood of the Zulu community, he has always followed a different path through the life-changing sport of skateboarding. Now he travels the world and inspires kids from his home country.
With skateboarding in the 2020 Olympic Games it has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts, that is set to increase as we get closer to the Games. Khule will be one of the South African skaters spearheading that resurgence. He was recently the subject of a mini-documentary and extensive media profile in Barcelona, where he inspired the Spanish skaters with his smooth style
The Westville resident has been a professional skater from the tender age of 15 and now, at the age of 25, makes it a decade as a pro. He is sponsored by DC, Element and Monster Energy and has represented the brands well in his travels that take him from Los Angeles to Europe. Khule’s roots in the extreme sport have humble beginings, from being the only kid exposed to skateboarding in Chesterville where he was raised. He is a popular skater, and well known for his relaxed approach, effortless style, and his big moves, always pushing it when he gets the opportunity. Khule spends his time between Durban, Cape Town and his frequent sojourns overseas.
“Skateboarding in South Africa is very much alive, and now that skateboarding is part of the Olympic games it’s actually an interesting time,” said Khule while in Barcelona. ”There is more investment coming in, they are already building new skateparks in bigger cities like Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. And Kimberley is a smaller town with one of the best skateparks right now. So, it’s evolving and it’s growing!”
Check out the Khule Transworld Skateboarding clip below.
Follow Khule: @khulengubane
Video by @marcosavino
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