What was the year you rode for Kryptonics? I rode them mostly in and around 1978.
What color wheels/size did you ride? Blue’s when I wanted gripping power on any plexiglass ramps I think they were 60 mm? Greens for everyday cement parks.
How better where they from the competition? They were amazing - nothing gripped like blue krypto’s in my book - they were my secret weapon.
Who got you on Kryptonics? I can’t remember - they just started giving me wheels when I asked.
What was your favorite Kryptonics ad from back in the day? I think there was one with Salba in it I liked.
Best memory with riding for Kryptonics? Plexi glass ramp in Fountain Valley - guys were sliding out once they got to high up on vert and those wheels helped me stick to the wall.
What is your favorite memory in skateboarding from the 70’s and early 80’s? Competing in the Gold Cup Series - because you got to see all your friends & team riders that lived in other places at each contest & really push each other.
What is your favorite memory in skateboarding? Spending every waking hour skating either the dogbowl or upper keyhole at Marina Skatepark with some of the best vert skaters in the world.
What are you doing now? I am a Sports Stylist® - which means I am a fashion stylist for pro & Olympic athletes. I also have a collab board with Dusters California called “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word”, and I work to promote women in skateboarding.
What are your thoughts about the Original star trac wheels coming back? I can’t wait to ride them!
Anything else to add? I recently put a vintage set of Krypto’s on my board when I rode down the closed 405 FWY this past year - I chose Kryptonics because I knew it would be a smooth ride - and it really was.
Cindy Whitehead interview Oct 13 405 fwy skate session. Photo Credits: Ian Logan
How much better where they from the competition? Smoother and truer in roll
What is your favorite memory in skateboarding from the 70’s and early 80’s? Setting the first downhill speed record at Signal Hill (Hill St.) in Long Beach, Ca 1975 and then people wanting to race at any hill we showed up on. It was a Great time! What is your favorite memory in skateboarding? Blowing everyone’s doors off in La Costa back in the late 70’s. Everyone in San Diego wanted to race. We/I would show up and it was like everyone had this attitude all of a sudden. I would start a run and everyone or anyone that thought they could downhill would go for it. I passed so many people or people that could not catch me it was funny. Ty Page could not figure out why I could go so fast nor could any of the Logans, but they all tried to catch me and I just happen to be on my game for a very long time. It was good times and I was lucky back then. They were very good years and I learned a lot from all those people.
What are you doing now? I live with my wife of 26 years , two dogs and two cats in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the Winter I was teaching 4 to 11 year olds how to ski and snowboard. In the Spring/ Summer and Fall we camp, golf, fish, travel to different places around the world looking for good surf. I have a full time Quality Assurance position with a well known company (Mrs. Fields Cookies) and that’s how I make our fun money. Go skateboarding with Russ Howell on the weekends and see if there are any young adults out there racing that I can catch up.