Flipping perceptions: skating the streets of Ethiopia

Source : Mail Online
April 27,2015

Swerving around potholes and speeding through chaotic traffic makes skateboarding the crowded streets of Ethiopia’s capital a risky game.

Yet growing numbers of fans are taking up this once unknown sport in Addis Ababa and attracting the support of skateboarders worldwide.

In the bustling market district of Shiro Meda, gangs of children rattle down the hills, flipping boards painted in the colours of Ethiopia — green, yellow and red — as they show off the latest tricks they’ve learnt.

A local skateboarder, part of the Ethiopia Skate organization, seen on a street of Addis Ababa ©Zacharias Abubeker (AFP)
A local skateboarder, part of the Ethiopia Skate organization, seen on a street of Addis Ababa ©Zacharias Abubeker (AFP)

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