It was the mid-1980s, at the height of conservative South Africa, when a ten-year-old Dallas Oberholzer first picked up what he called the “plank on wheels.”
A group of boys barely into their teens embraced the new cultural phenomena, building backyard ramps and performing death-defying tricks in suburban Johannesburg. What started as a “mystical unravelling” turned into a lifelong pursuit full of twists and turns.
Thirty-six years since Oberholzer’s first introduction to skateboarding, he will finally reach the pinnacle of his sport, making his Olympic debut at the ripe old age of 46.
Throughout his life, Oberholzer has been told he was “too old to skate,” but he persisted, leaving his studies in commerce to travel the world in search of events and gigs. “I’ve stuck with skateboarding, I have taken a big gamble, but I’m sticking with my passion,” he said. “I’m like the crazy artist.”