THE Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth’s Central area is set to come alive this weekend with more than 100 long-board skateboarders participating in a thrilling dash for their share of prizes worth R15000.
The Downhill Dash is a family event and aims to incorporate other extreme sports such as freestyle skateboarding and a development skate clinic as fringe activities for both spectators and enthusiasts of these sports.
Set on the inner city “balcony” and framed by the iconic public art on the Donkin, the second annual dash is open to the public at no cost.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 9am, it promises to be “a carnival of cools moves” with awesome skating, music and BMX jumps.
Jacques Nel, of Numb City Productions which is organising the event with Downhill Eastern Cape, said he hoped it would become a regular music and skateboarding festival.
“Bring your mom, your board, your dog and anything on wheels,” he said.
Heats this year include the open, ladies and groms heats.
The open and ladies heats are open to competitors older than 16 years, and the groms is for those under the age of 16.
The time-trial event will see skaters trying to better each other’s time along the Voting Queue Path which snakes down along the Donkin.
The planning and development manager for the Mandela Bay Development Agency, Dorelle Sapere, said such events played a role in promoting the inner city.
The MBDA is one of the sponsors of this year’s event.
“Sites are just spaces without people. While we are hard at work changing the face of the inner city, the real inspiration comes from people’s acceptance and use of the spaces, which turns them into something meaningful,” Sapere said.