Vans release mini-documentary, Pride, that chronicles the journey of fearless and fabulous SA skater Yann Horowitz

Pride is a new short Coming Out Day documentary that follows South African skater, Yann Horowitz, as he navigates his own sexuality and identity in modern skateboarding.

After Yann kissed his boyfriend in celebration of winning the Vans Park Series African Continental Championships in 2018, his fearless yet fabulous style became the talk of skateboarding. Yann realised his skating and sexual identity were becoming intertwined and he had to ask himself, “Do I really want to be the ‘gay skateboarder’?”

In the past five years, questions of sexuality and identity in our culture have come into the spotlight, and individuals like Yann have faced the complicated balancing act of being both an inspiration, and still holding on to who he is.

In this short Coming Out Day documentary, Vans and Skateism followed Yann back to his roots in SA, to find out more about where he came from and where he’s headed. 

Directed By

Sam McGuire

Robin Pailler

Filmed and Edited By

Robin Pailler


Sam McGuire

Skate Footage & Additional Editing 

Joubert Van Staden