After 500 years of Portuguese colonization, Angola suffered more than 30 years of war, which turned this African power into a completely destroyed country and with thousands of refugees. In 2002, the end of the war brought new life into this new free country and big modern buildings began to appear aligned in a vertigo skyline which three years are being used by a group of young skateboarders who daily leave their neighborhoods on the periphery to go skating with his battered tables and broken shoes.
For those coming from outside, to see how these kids skate, with the little material they have, believe or not a board can cost up to 150 USD, truly looks like adoration to skateboarding. It is of such an impressive purity that makes you go back in time 20 years, back when one started to skate with inherited boards from elder brothers and when the most important thing was not the material or the more technical tricks, but to enjoy yourself with your friends in the neighborhood.
These Angolan kids really do see things differently, where one sees broken houses and neighborhoods, they see their arena and personal playground…How well they skate, it is only up to them! How cool is to perceive the world like that? Where every small thing counts and is an upgrade from what you have? It truly makes you reconsider what you have from granted.
Long live Skateboarding!