“I started on the kerbs, man”, Charl says, discussing his first footsteps on a skateboard. Skating gave him goals, an opportunity and a way out of the community he was in. Although he dropped out of high school, Charl had a goal and a vision in life to be the best skateboarder he could be. Working at a local skate park, Charl was living his dream, skating every day. “I thought I was going to work there for the rest of my life. The fact I am sitting where I am today is a testament to the power sport has to change”. Top South African skateboarder Dallas Oberholzer, who ran the “Indigo Youth Movement” in Durban, got in touch and asked him to start something positive in his own community. At first, he declined. “I had a closed mindset; I didn’t think skateboarding was a sport, I didn’t realise the power it had”. After a visit to meet Dallas, Charl’s eyes were opened, his mind was made up, he was going to start giving back and making a difference. “I saw the movement, I saw the programme in action and the respect the kids had for each other and for their elders. This was what was needed where I come from, that’s what is lacking, there is no discipline and that’s when I told them that I’d get involved. I wanted to make a change”.