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All things Kryptonics wheels. Classic Photos, stories, and interviews about the beginning of skateboarding and the future ahead of us. 

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Silverfish Longboarding top 10 products 2013

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Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels were the only wheels to make Silverfish's Top Ten Longboarding Products From 2013. Check it out at Silverfish Longboarding - Top Ten Longboarding Products From 2013 or read what they said below!

What is old is new again.  The "C-Series" Kryptonics are an old friend to many of us and these are the Kryptonics Star*Trac Wheels reissue.  Three duros and three sizes, in shapes that are spot-on to the OG 1970's world-changers.  The original red 78A's from the 1970's are  why  many of the wheels you ride are the shape and durometer they are.  Now, whether this is a legitimate continuation of the Krypto lineage or another cashing-in attempt by a long-gone brand is easy to determine: skate 'em.  We have, and with the help of a crew of grom shredders, gear-sluts and a few crusties familiar with the original stuff, we've nearly cored all three duros.  If you're not talking about these, or skating on them, we have two reasons you should be:  1)  Our skate crew loved them.  We've carved 'em, slid 'em, rolled the skate park with 'em and cruised 'em.  The reds are fast and smooth, the blues are fun and the green ones are all on-order from a shop local to the groms and gear-sluts that put down cash to get their own sets.  The Kryptos roll smooth, slide fast and are durable.  They're fun to skate on.  2)  They're the first wheels  not poured in California  that are this good, and they're damn good.  Look, we've skated wheels from Italy, China, Australia and "elsewhere", and we've skated crap from California.  The deal here is that the wizards of urethane formulas and the best 'thane houses in the skateboard world have all been right in SoCal for decades and attempts by others to make great stuff has always fallen short --sometimes a little, often by a lot-- of the best urethane wheels, all of which come from California.   The Kryptonics Star Tracs shatter the paradigm:  they're excellent wheels and these are the ones we see marking the next evolution of wheel manufacturing.  It's not without a tear or twinge of bruised nationalist pride that we tell you wheels are gonna blow-up in '14. 

What is old is new again.  The "C-Series" Kryptonics are an old friend to many of us and these are the Kryptonics Star*Trac Wheels reissue.  Three duros and three sizes, in shapes that are spot-on to the OG 1970's world-changers.  The original red 78A's from the 1970's are why many of the wheels you ride are the shape and durometer they are.  Now, whether this is a legitimate continuation of the Krypto lineage or another cashing-in attempt by a long-gone brand is easy to determine: skate 'em.  We have, and with the help of a crew of grom shredders, gear-sluts and a few crusties familiar with the original stuff, we've nearly cored all three duros.  If you're not talking about these, or skating on them, we have two reasons you should be:

1)  Our skate crew loved them.  We've carved 'em, slid 'em, rolled the skate park with 'em and cruised 'em.  The reds are fast and smooth, the blues are fun and the green ones are all on-order from a shop local to the groms and gear-sluts that put down cash to get their own sets.  The Kryptos roll smooth, slide fast and are durable.  They're fun to skate on.

2)  They're the first wheels not poured in California that are this good, and they're damn good.  Look, we've skated wheels from Italy, China, Australia and "elsewhere", and we've skated crap from California.  The deal here is that the wizards of urethane formulas and the best 'thane houses in the skateboard world have all been right in SoCal for decades and attempts by others to make great stuff has always fallen short --sometimes a little, often by a lot-- of the best urethane wheels, all of which come from California.   The Kryptonics Star Tracs shatter the paradigm:  they're excellent wheels and these are the ones we see marking the next evolution of wheel manufacturing.  It's not without a tear or twinge of bruised nationalist pride that we tell you wheels are gonna blow-up in '14. 

Kryptonics Wheels Chooses South African Kent Lingeveldt as First International Brand Ambassador

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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.

For more information please visit: kryptonics.com

To learn more about Kent please visit:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/02/world/africa/skating-with-gandhi-tutu

Photo Credits: 
Race shot: Pierre Vander Spuy
Sliding: Zwelibanze Sitole
— with Kent Lingeveldt.
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Kryptonics Interviews: Guy Grundy

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What was the year you rode for Kryptonics?
1977

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.