- Tony Hawk, an international skateboarder, shared an inspiring story
- He met a homeless man from Durban who is very talented at skateboarding
- He shared the man's story on social media
A professional skateboarder has made a documentary about a local homeless man. The talented young man impressed the international skateboarder so much that he posted a video of his skills on social media.
International professional, Tony Hawk, was so impressed by the skills of Thalente that he made a documentary about him. He even offered to buy the young man full skating gear but the Durbanite refused because he is currently homeless. His story both inspired and saddened social media users. They were amazed by his talent but sad about his unfortunate circumstances.
Tony Hawk's post read:
"I met @iamthalente 10 yrs ago near Durban, SA. He was ripping with style at age 14. I asked if I could send him some gear & he said flatly “no, I live on the streets.” There is a powerful doc (“I Am Thalente”) about him & he’s still ripping; I shot this today in less than an hour"
Twitter user SiloAAOlis said:
"Give him gear anyway. He was just being polite and his idea of a man. That’s exactly who you give the gear to."
To which ChawklateMilk responded:
"No, he couldn't send him gear because there was no address to send it to. He was homeless."
"Dude's really talented."
"He's super talented, but I really do hope that he's not legitimately homeless. Nobody, especially not kids, deserve to not have a place to call home. Here's hoping his situation turns around if that's the case."
"Damn! Love how clean and effortless his execution is. Can clearly see the passion here. Thanks for sharing this with us, Tony Hawk."
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