When you think of BMX Street Style, two things immediately come to mind – urban youth and the lay of the inner city. When one of the world’s best Pro BMX street riders, Courage Adams from Spain, landed in Johannesburg to shoot a special project, these two concepts became personified.
Courage (25), who was born in Benin City in Nigeria but now resides in Spain, is one of the best on the scene. In 2021, the Red Bull athlete secured 2nd place at Simple Session in Estonia and claimed 1st place at Arnette O’Marisquino in Vigo, Spain, earlier in the year.
The project that brought Courage to South Africa – Courage In The Streets of Jozi – follows the tread marks left behind by ‘Encouraged’, a homecoming film shot in Lagos, Nigeria. Courage in the Streets of Jozi premiers on Red Bull Bike’s YouTube channel today (watch below). Both projects gave Courage the chance to explore his roots and connect with fellow riders in Africa.
In South Africa, where the popularity of BMX is on a steady rise from the bustling inner-city alleys of Jozi to the eclectic streets of Soweto, the sub-culture has firmly established its roots.
Local custodians of the movement, Nkosinathi Gift Nkosi and Leroy Mlenze, played host to Courage when he landed on South Africa’s shores.
Speaking on the experience, Nkosinathi (featured in the pic above) said:
“Meeting Courage was a great experience for me, he is a BMX rider that I’ve always enjoyed watching. His riding is a part of who he really is, it is really inspiring watching him ride.
“Projects like this are really important for the local scene because they help our riders get noticed on the international BMX scene and help foster togetherness within our local BMX community.”
For Courage, being back in Africa was reminiscent of his Lagos visit: “The Local culture reminds me of when I was a kid in Nigeria, that was something really interesting because I felt really connected with the city”. He was also blown away by the skills of some of the riders in Soweto. Watch below…
WATCH Courage In The Streets Of Jozi:
For more information about Courage Adams, please visit: https://www.redbull.com/za-en/athlete/courage-adams
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