Jean-Marc: Skating his way to the top

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Meet Jean-Marc Johannes, who at the age of 12 won his first Pro/Am Skating contest and hasn’t looked back since. In 2011 Jean-Marc qualified to compete on the international circuit, as the only South African skateboarder. He made the top 50 in Europe and then the top 80 out of 200 in the world chosen to compete in the USA Tampa Am in 2013. In 2014 he qualified to compete at the World Skateboarding Championship in Kimberley, and upon his first appearance in the Pro open, he achieved a top 20 ranking. Jean-Marc was selected as a WILD card in 2015 to compete as the only South African skateboarder in the FISE World Series in Chengdu, China where he qualified in the top 10. He also recently had the opportunity to have been debuted as the first South African skateboarder on Tony Hawk’s channel (RIDE channel) to end off 2015. Now Jean-Marc is looking forward to competing in all other stops in 2016. You can catch Jean-Marc on the last Monday of every month on Good Hope FM with DJ Ready D.

Read the rest of the article in April’s edition.