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Interviews-Blog

Kryptonics Interviews: Stories and Q&A's with past Kryptonics pro's, and current brand ambassadors and brand activists. 

KRYPTONICS INTERVIEWS: ROGER HICKEY

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What years were you riding Kryptonics?
I started riding Kryptonics in 1977 when I went to Signal Hill. I didn't ride them at Signal Hill, but got my first free pair that day.

What color wheels/size did you ride? 
I rode the red 70's until they came out with the blue ones. Then I would switch back and forth to mess with my competitors, neither was faster than the other, but it did shake some people up when they didn't have the color I would switch to.

How better where they from the competition?
Well, there was the Krypto, then there were the wheels that called themselves the competitor, but you absolutely could not win on another wheel from 1978 to 1980.

What was your favorite Kryptonics ad from back in the day? 
I can't remember if this was a Krypto ad or a Santa Cruz ad, but it was Hutson coming down Signal Hill, shot from the side, in perfect tuck. I had it on my wall to study his tuck.

Best memory with riding for Kryptonics? 
My best memory had to be riding down Old Waterman Canyon in 1982, street luge, and the back front right wheel (4 wheels in the front) basically melted from the inside out and burned through my speed suit and stuck to my skin. I finished the race first on just ribbons of urethane and the bearing hub. When I stood up the underside of my speed suit thigh was gone with red urethane melting into my skin. Tattoos, who needs stinkin’ tattoos when you can get Kryptonics branded onto your legs.

What is your favorite memory in skateboarding from the 70’s and early 80’s? 
Going fast, designing new trucks, boards, fairing, etc., and traveling with my friends. There wasn't a hill we wouldn't bomb, or a car we wouldn't bet that we could beat them.

What is your favorite memory in skateboarding? 
Beating John Hutson at the Laguna Seca World Championships. Oh, and the chicks that came with being a long haired pro skateboarder.

What are you doing now?
Typing you this interview, but if you mean to pass time and make a living, I am working at Freshpark Industries, a company I started in 2000. This is my second act. It's a struggle and a blessing every single day... but when wasn't life that way. We're all too blessed to be stressed!

 

You can check out Roger's company, Freshpark, by clicking the link below:

www.freshpark.com