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CAPE TOWN – Capetonians were up in arms this morning over provincial authorities’ intention to find and prosecute thrill-seeker Decio Lourenco, the now infamous Youtube sensation who broke the speed limit on Kloof Nek road on a skateboard. Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith was heavily criticised on social media for saying that he wanted to find and charge the daredevil, with most Capetonians reportedly relishing the opportunity to encounter high-speed skateboarders hurtling towards them on their daily commute. “The only reason JP Smith wants to prosecute Decio Lourenco who skateboarded down Kloofnek is that he envies the pure awesomeness of Decio!!” said twitter user @poefkoenyn. User @dylanmuhlenberg theorised that “Maybe if someone had just invited JP Smith to a party he wouldn’t have had to join one and stop everyone’s fun”.
Cape Town has long had a history of discriminating against alternative sports, most notably a draconian ban on paragliding over Cape Town International Airport and a strict moratorium on shark cage diving at popular swimming beaches. Observers say that despite high levels of stoke and gnarliness, and a full-on desire to see more totally bad-ass stunts, the skateboarding restriction on Cape Town roads is likely to remain. Johannesburg luge rider Carlos Trancoso was killed in March last year after being run over by an oncoming truck while skating down the Franschhoek pass.