Born and raised in Durban 23 year old Khule Mgubane can officially call himseld a professional skateboarder. He's been skating for 11 years and competing on a professional level for the past 8 years. The first time he was exposed to skateboarding was at the age of 11 years old, when he saw it on TV. On his 12th birthday, he had already known what he wanted and his grandfather was kind enough to buy him a skateboard.
The first decade of his life took place in a township called Chesterville with his grandparents, aunties and cousins. Due to skateboaders' stereotypes at my time - that "every skater does drugs or is a failure in life" - his family told him to quit. With no physical or emotional support on top of gettin teased by children in his neighbourhood that I was playing a "white man" sport, he would walk to the skatepark (which as 5km away) just to skate for free.
Khule describes that as the hardest time of his life and that it made him unbreakable. Ten years later, Khule says he is blessed enough to still be living what was perceived to be an unrealistic dream.
Catch Khule at the Ultimate X Action Sports Festival in Cape Town from Thursday 23 Feb to Saturday 25 Feb 2017!
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