From Jordan to Dubai, skateparks have become a staple in the region as the sport grows in popularity. But few skaters from North Africa and the Middle East have made a mark like Nassim Lachhab – and he’s only just getting started. The Moroccan skater has officially turned pro.
The Rabat native, who began his skating journey in an ad-hoc skatepark called the White Spot, now has Blind Skateboard’s full support, securing a sponsorship deal alongside the likes of TJ Rogers, Jordan Maxham, and Cody Mcentire.
Having started skating at 12-years-old, Lachhab rose to prominence upon his move to France in 2016. Quickly catching the attention of French distributor V7, who ended up sponsoring the skater. Eventually in 2018, Lachhab made his debut for one of the biggest skateboarding brands in the world, Blind—and the rest is history.
Now based in Paris, Lachhab now gets to live out his dream as a professional skater, a historic first for Morocco, where skateboarding culture only started to flourish less than five years ago. In 2018, Lachhab shed light on the local scene with a film by Red Bull Media House, where he took Romain Duplantier, the owner of skateboard brand Atlas, and his crew, to explore and skate through Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier.