Brandon Valjo

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From ‘outcast sport’ to Olympics: Meet SA skateboarder Brandon Valjalo

Team SA is getting ready to jet off to Tokyo for the Olympics! Joining the team and making his Olympic debut is skateboarder Brandon Valjalo.

Brandon Valjo

Brandon Valjo Image via Instagram @brands_valjalo

Brandon Valjalo is one name that has made its rounds when noting successful Skateboarders in South Africa. The 22-year-old has worked tirelessly to secure his spot in the Tokoyo Olympics. This is the first year where skateboarding will feature as a sport in the Olympics making it a historic moment for him.


Brandon got into skateboarding at just three years old and at 14, he won his first South African Championship. In the same year, Brandon walked away with the World Youth Championship at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. A year later he defended his South African championship title. 

In 2017 he was the top skateboarder on the continent and walked away with the title of African Champion. He has competed in the United States and in Europe. 

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Talking about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics Brandon told Cape Town etc that he couldn’t wait to fly the South African high, saying that it is a privilege and an honour. Speaking to Supersport, he also said that it is a big milestone in his career and it’ll give him the platform.

I read somewhere that less than 1% of people ever get to go there and represent their country, so it’s a huge milestone in my career and I feel it will also give me a great platform to further my goals.”

Brandon Valjalo

In preparation for the Olympics, Brandon does a lot of working out and explains that he skateboards for five to eight hours a day, runs between five and ten kilometres and puts in some strength sessions at the gym. He also does some Yoga to guard him from injury. 

Joining Brandon on the Team South Africa for the Olympics are Melissa Williams, Boipelo Awuah, and Andrew Oberholzer. 


Brandon also highlighted that it’s an exciting time to be a skateboarder seeing as the sport is in the Olympics for the first time. 

Skateboarding extraordinaire Tony Hawk mentioned that sport in the Olympics is going to open up new opportunities internationally in the sport.