Brandon Valjalo stepped onto an old board found in the garage belonging to his brother at just 3 years of age. He was on and off his board for the next few years and then began to pursue his passion for skateboarding from the age of 9. For the next few years, Valjalo would take his board everywhere and always look forward to going to local skateparks in his native city, Johannesburg.
In 2013, at the young age of fourteen, Valjalo started competing at a professional level amongst the South African industry. It only took him one year before winning his first South African Championship as well as the World youth Championship at the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC) event in 2014. Valjalo then put an end to any uncertainty of his ability by winning the South African Championships two years in a row at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in 2015.
Leading up to the 2016 South African Championships, Valjalo claimed first at many of the Contest circuit stops including his most memorable victory at the KDC Soweto Grandslam on youth day. Valjalo was disappointed to find out after the Soweto grandslam that the Kimberley Diamond Cup event was cancelled in 2016, especially as he was eager on claiming the title for 3 consecutive years in a row.
This didn't keep him down as he had time to practice and work towards Ultimate X 2017, where the best Skateboarders in the whole African continent would battle it out for the title of African Champion. He battled it out in qualifiers with all the best African skateboarders to find himself qualify in first place going into the finals the following day. The head to head format in the finals tested his consistency and stamina however his confidence was at an all time high allowing him to claim the title of African Champion in 2017.
Valjalo was then invited to compete on an international level in Europe as the South African representative. The contests have taken him to many countries including Austria, Spain, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic and more. In pursuit of progressing his skateboarding to the next level, Valjalo moved to California to be apart of the largest Skateboarding community in the world.
If he isn't in California or traveling Europe for the World Cup skateboarding contest circuit, you can find Valjalo skateboarding throughout South Africa especially at his local skatepark, YBF or at his private skatepark in his backyard.