Here’s Part 2 of James Griffiths perspective on the recent Route One ‘Bourbon in Durban’ – South Africa skate tour featuring a grip of insane transition spots and modern plaza bounty sure to tingle your skate tourist senses. As ever, the four man crew of Sam Beckett, Jordan Thackeray, Daryl Dominguez and Dylan Hughes took to everything they were confronted by with aplomb, the results of which you can see below in photographic and video formats. Keep your eyes peeled for an additional extra coming soon revolving around the time the crew spent at Skateistan Johannesburg – for now soak in the photos and footage and consider a trip to South Africa yourselves.
After a week in based in Johannesburg on a more street-orientated mission, we embarked on the 500 mile trip across the country to the surf capital of Durban. This meant good news for the more transition-minded members of our crew as Durban turned out to be a concrete surfer’s wet dream too, with multiple snake runs and the most legit backyard pool anyone could have dreamed of.
We did get a quick taste of Durban’s premier plaza spots too, but with tranny on tap here, ledges were definitely low on everyone’s agenda.
With that said, we hit up one final classic Johannesburg spot on the outskirts of the city before we headed cross-country and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole trip.
Germiston Snake Run sits between Rand Airport and Victoria Lake and is one of South Africa’s most famous skateparks. Once a staple of nearly all concrete park constructions, the ‘snake run’ is an endangered species these days (particularly in the UK) but, for whatever reason, South Africa seems to have them in droves. This particular one must be one of the biggest and longest in the world, starting at a couple of feet deep, winding around a S-shaped bend into a 8 foot deep bowl with a 9 foot extension.
Truly epic terrain.
It has to be said that, aside from modern plaza spots and a hell of a lot of amazing natural street terrain, South Africa is also heavy on the epic tranny too, both private and public.
As always, Nick Richards was on hand to document everything as you can see in Route One presents Bourbon in Durban Part 2 clip below.