Video: “I Am Thalente” – The homeless skateboarder from South Africa

After becoming homeless at age 11, Thalente discovered skateboarding. This video touches on his life, the community building around him and his journey to becoming a pro in Los Angeles.

Every now and then a story comes along that is so inspirational it’s hard to believe; this is one of those. Homeless at the age of 11 after his mother passed and to escape an abusive step-father, Thalente left formal education at age 8 and can’t read, write or do basic maths. However, luckily for him a skatepark was built in his local town and this became his life passion. Now, having been supported by a new family that has built up around him over the years he has been taken to LA to go pro. It’s not only a great story, but a great example of the positive impact of both skateparks and skateboarding within the wider community.

Check out the inspirational short video above and be sure to support the film project and Thalente by checking their Seed&Spark page.


Alex Synamatix

One of three co-founders at THE DAILY STREET, Alex is our Editor-in-Chief, overseeing all TDS activity. Outside of TDS, Alex is a respected creative in his own right, from art directing club nights (comm•une) to consulting for some of the largest global brands.

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