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Highly respected South African skateboarder /longboarder , Kent Lingeveldt, has been named Kryptonics First International Brand Ambassador. Lingeveldt, 33, is a skateboarder, photographer and the owner of Cape Town skateboard company, Alpha Longboards. Kent started as a street skater, at the age of 14. In 1999, he entered the world of downhill longboard racing, taking part in the first Red Bull Downhill Extreme in Cape Town down the infamous “Glen Road”. From 2004 to 2006, he competed at races in Europe and South America and in 2009. He returned to racing in 2011, after a two-year break and still races locally and abroad when the time allows
Kent regularly does informal work with local kids in and around the poorer communities in Cape Town and together with an older generation of longboarders he works to nurture skateboarding as a life-skill for kids that opens up their minds to a world of an extended skate family worldwide.”
Kent started Alpha Longboards in 2001 and in the past 12 years, has handmade over 500 boards. His boards are ridden across the world in 13 countries on five continents. He has collaborated with artists Atang Tshikare, Toni Stuart, Khaya Witbooi, Nardstar, Rico Swanepoel, Motel7 and Mr. Fuzzy Slippers to create Alpha art boards. His Local Legends series honours South African greats such as Nelson Mandela and in April 2012, he met Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and presented him with his own Tutu Alpha art board. He regularly exhibits the Alpha Longboards art boards in his home of South Africa as well as in Germany.
Lingeveldt has been involved as a test rider for the new Kryptonics Star Trac wheels over the last few months, putting the wheels through their paces on the varied terrain of South Africa.
In addition to representing Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels at skateboarding events, Kent will also be promoting the brand through social media and self-produced skateboarding videos.
In announcing Lingeveldt’s joining the ambassador program, Kryptonics Wheels Brand Director Steve Douglas commented, “We are stoked to have a skater of Kent’s abilities, and just as importantly his involvement with South African youth, representing Kryptonics Wheels”.
The new line of Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels are now available worldwide at skate shops and online retailers.
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Race shot: Pierre Vander Spuy
Sliding: Zwelibanze Sitole — with Kent Lingeveldt.
What was the year you rode for Kryptonics?
What color wheels/size did you ride?
Red/ 5 inch
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.
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