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Kryptonics Wheels Names Rob Ashby as UK Brand Ambassador

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Kryptonics Wheels Expands International Brand Ambassador Program – Rob Ashby Named UK Ambassador

Long time skateboarder, Rob Ashby, has been named as the Kryptonics Brand Ambassador for the United Kingdom. Ashby, 51, is a skateboarder, slalom racer, race organizer and Secretary of the UK Slalom Skateboarding Association. When not skateboarding he is a Commercial Contracts Manager in the Civil Service. 

Rob started skateboarding in late 1975, when a friend gave him an old Roller Derby Mustang skateboard. Back in the day he skated a bit of everything, freestyle, long jump, high jump a bit of slalom, eventually gravitating towards skate parks and vert with a bit of freestyle and slalom thrown in for good measure . As Rob says, “Street skating back then just meant getting from A to B on your board.” After dabbling is slalom throughout his skating career, Rob began skating slalom seriously again in 2006 and in 2008 and entered a few European races and has never looked back. 

Rob is involved in the Long Live Southbank movement and was one of the many that recently skated from Southbank to Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton to deliver over 26,000 individual planning objections.

Ashby has been riding 65mm Kryptonics Greens on his park board and has used them for bowl sessions and has have also ridden them on numerous visits to Southbank - throwing out Bert’s and 360 slides just like the old days. He also rode them on his slalom board at the European Indoor Slalom Championships in December 2013. He made use of his 70mm Reds riding them from Southbank to Lambeth Town Hall with the Long Live Southbank crew to deliver the planning objections. 

In addition to representing Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels at skateboarding events, Rob will also be promoting the brand through social media.

In announcing Ashby’s joining the ambassador program, Kryptonics Wheels Brand Director Steve Douglas commented, “We are stoked to have Rob on board as our UK ambassador, his involvement in the UK skate scene throughout the years, along with his efforts in the Long Live Southbank make him a valuable addition to our program”.

The new line of Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels are now available worldwide at skate shops and online retailers.


Slalom photo by: Marissa Zegel

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Kryptonics Interviews: Cindy Whitehead

Dusters

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