Kalemba Skim: Angola

Most people in the skimboarding community would never expect to see their sport reaching the developing nations of Africa. Surprisingly, there is a group of young children in Angola, a country on Africa’s Southwestern coast, who have taken to the beach to skimboard. The ‘boards’ they use are not something most people would consider a skimboard. They use whatever they can find from pieces of scrap wood to old street signs.

Tchiyna Matos is a woman in Angola who has started a movement in the country to keep young children away from the violence that has plagued the nation for over 30 years by providing a safe environment for the children to express their passion for skimboarding. Shein of Gorgonitas Skim interviewed Tchiyna to see what her project was all about. Check out the full article in Spanish here. It can also be read in English by using Google Chrome’s ‘Translate’ feature. We’re stoked to see skimboarding reaching all parts of the world!

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  1. Yeeeeee!!!

    Thanks a lot Aaron and Shea. Really nice new for the kids.
    They will be really happy for a few days, for sure!

    Huggs!

    Posted by Shein (Gorgonitas Skim) on 18 April 11 at 6:21pm [Reply]
  2. This is pretty darned awesome.

    Posted by Aaron Peluso on 18 April 11 at 10:17pm [Reply]
  3. very very nice, it is great to see that we´re not living in a pure world of egoism and consum, that there are still people with ilusion to change this hard world !!
    Congratulations !!

    Posted by Horacio Mayol August on 18 April 11 at 11:26pm [Reply]
  4. Hey, I would really like to find out bit more about this project seeing that I live in South Africa and I run an organisation called Inspired2Become that does youth development through sport such as skimboarding. Could you give me a contacts for people involved please?
    Thanks

    Posted by Chris van der Merwe on 19 April 11 at 12:39am [Reply]
  5. Ey Chris!

    You can talk about all with Tchiyna Matos 😉
    Her facebook wall (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/tchiyna.matos)

    Good luck!

    Posted by Gorgonitas Skim on 19 April 11 at 4:34am [Reply]
  6. This is awesome!

    Posted by Emanuel Embaixador on 19 April 11 at 5:11am [Reply]
  7. this is awesome!

    Posted by Winne Nayole Cadete on 19 April 11 at 5:18am [Reply]
  8. Thank you all for this we don’t have no more word’s to say… Thank you :)

    Posted by Tchiyna Matos on 19 April 11 at 5:32am [Reply]
  9. KalembaSkim-Ilha do Cabo-Luanda-Angola!!!

    Posted by Naioli Espírito Santo on 19 April 11 at 6:42am [Reply]
  10. great job Tchyina!!!

    Posted by Adriano Alexandre on 19 April 11 at 8:47am [Reply]
  11. PDM;
    That is a great achievement for the kids, Tchiyna.
    Congrats and keep up the good work.

    Posted by Antonio Rafael on 19 April 11 at 10:52am [Reply]
  12. Tchiynitaaaa keep up the good work querida..you dont need to do or say anything else than that….Im sure that this has been an inspiration for a lot of people who want to make a difference out there like you!!! We are so proud of you, n will support u all the ways down amiga!!!!!!

    Posted by Sheila Borges Gonzalez on 19 April 11 at 3:55pm [Reply]
  13. Tchiynitaaaa keep up the good work querida..you don’t need to do or say anything else than that….I’m sure that this has been an inspiration for a lot of people who want to make a difference out there like you!!! We are so proud of you, n will support u all the way down amiga!!!!!!

    Posted by Sheila Borges Gonzalez on 19 April 11 at 4:02pm [Reply]
  14. Victoria, Exile, Zap must give a gift (a set of skimboard table) at this corageous boyz.

    Posted by monkalnakor on 21 April 11 at 1:59am [Reply]
  15. Wow, this is amazing. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story.

    I think we should make a mission up from South Africa to deliver some proper boards to these aspiring skimboarders.

    Great to know that skimboarding is growing all over Africa.

    Posted by Sean (SkimZA) on 22 April 11 at 7:43am [Reply]
    • Thank you Sean that it will great 😉 if you realy whant to do that please contact me.

      Hugs

      Tchiyna

      Posted by Tchiyna Matos on 22 April 11 at 5:03pm [Reply]
  16. Just to let you all know that is note as made a lot for this project in Angola 😉 thank you all. We really need this kind of support because this project is not only a sport protect is all sow saving some kid’s from the street’s…

    Posted by Tchiyna Matos on 22 April 11 at 5:11pm [Reply]
  17. wow this is just great… for years this angolan kids have fun with simple woods and a great will.. and now they have the opportunitie to show what they already know and learn much more with all of the skimboard comunity..social communication is one hell of a way to help this project grow.. thank u all for the support 😉

    Posted by Ianick d'Oliveira Fernandes on 24 April 11 at 6:20pm [Reply]
  18. wow..so nice….i love the way they play.. …they use wooden board same here in phillipines….wow….keep it local guys…hangloose… :))

    Posted by GuÑit Lokawave on 02 May 11 at 6:54pm [Reply]
  19. I want one of those boards!

    Posted by André Agi on 05 May 11 at 3:36am [Reply]
  20. It’s great to see this posted in skimonline. Its an iniciative that should be supported and it should also serve as a example.
    Victoria, zap, exile etc, should all give these guys at least a board like a portuguese brand called ‘folha skimboards’ did..
    And it would be great to see some pro skimboarders teaching them some techniques and serving as a model to these kids 😉

    Posted by Marco Magalhães on 20 August 11 at 11:53am [Reply]
  21. For all that want to contact the Kalemba project for anything please send a email to kalembaskim@gmail.com we are preparing for the formation for the kid’s and them we are going to open the scholl were the others we learn. Angola does not have a skimboard culture sow is not being very easy… Thank you all

    Posted by Tchiyna Matos on 14 December 11 at 6:29am [Reply]

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