Ballito Bowlerama: Skateboarding and punk music come together at ‘Skate Day At The Bowl 2.0’

Kalyvn ‘Tink’ Mac Millan will be out to defend his win at the same event last year. Photo by Profarazzi Media.

It’s all going down on the 19th of November at the Ballito Skate Park. Join the Ballito Skate crew for an epic day of punk rock and skating at the bowl. Meet up and hang out, enjoy the great vibes, live bands and of course, a solid day of shredding the Ballito Bowl.

Words and photos by Devon Van Rensburg / X8 Collective.

Let’s Meet The Bands

First up, we have Death With Benefits, hailing from Umhlanga. These guys met back in ’09 and were formerly known as Arms To The Angels within the Joburg scene. On vox, we have Richard Derick Schoeman – who is also separately, a full-time performer. Richard will be accompanied by Bryan Wilson on guitar to form the punk duo, who perform acoustically. 

With influences such as Linkin Park, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and My Chemical Romance, they’ll be taking us back a couple of years and hitting us with a heavy sense of nostalgia. 

Death With Benefits will be playing at the Skate Day At The Bowl 2.0’.


Next up, we have The Runaround, hailing from Ballito. On vox and guitar we have Hein Abbot. Holding it down on bass and vox, we have Ray Goodfellow, and keeping it going on drums – Troy Venture. 

With influences such as Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Pixies, and The Offspring, they promise to keep us going with epic covers that we all know. If you ever had the chance to see the Dirty Royals, The Frail, Dismortal or Driver Lane, you’ll definitely recognise these guys. 

The Runaround will be performing live at the ‘Skate Day At The Bowl 2.0’.


Skate Event Contenders and Sponsors

KZN skaters to watch at the comp will include the winners of the two previous events here, Kalvyn Mac Millan, who took out the same event last year, and Jamie De Villiers who won the Ballito Pro Skate Jam at the park in July. 

Other local rippers such as Murray Sharp, Jamie Charlton-Jones, Joshua Falkner and Sparrow, plus a host of known and unknown skaters, hopefully a few from out of town, will mount a serious challenge though. 

Young KZN ripper Ezra Vosloo will likely make it a third junior win in a row at the upcoming Ballito Bowl comp. Photo courtesy Luke Patterson / Ballito Pro Skate Jam.


Winner of the last two events, Ezra Vosloo, is likely to continue his dominance of the Ballito Bowl in the juniors along with Miguel Marais and Yann Whalley, both finalists at the Ballito Pro Skate Jam earlier this year.

In the Girls division two-time winner Jessica Louw and July finalists Caetlyn King and Molly Asiphe will continue the strong progression of womens’ bowl skating in KZN.

Thanks to all of our event sponsors:

Minority Skate Co: Local skate initiative, supplying skate stock and creating stoke in the KZN scene.

Gunwax: Premium handcrafted tattoo and beard care products made in SA, run by a bearded ginger. 

Zoo York SA: KZN Skate scene’s number one supporter, and supplier of premium quality skate gear.

Dope Industries: We knew them growing up; iconic in the SA scene. This Cape Town clothing brand is keeping the SA skate scene steezy.

Slappy Skate Co: For skaters by skaters, keeping the SA scene stocked with reasonably priced, premium quality skate products.

And of course this event is supported by the team at blunt mag, 100% independent and unfiltered, bringing the local ALT scene together one story at a time.

The event as of last weekend, with the stage taking shape. It’s gonna be a blast!


See You There

For those looking to enter the comp, R50 will enter you into the prize pool and set you up to win some epic merch. Join us for a rad day out and see KZNs best skaters shredding the Ballito Bowl – comp open to all levels.

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