Kryptonics Meltdown 7s Invitational Photos

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by Greg MaxwellPhoto by Greg Maxwell

The Kryptonics Meltdown at 7’s. Words by Kryptonics team rider, Kent Lingeveldt.

In an industry that is saturated with wheel choices, our task in promoting a wheel brand like Kryptonics and it’s STAR*TRAC re-issue by Dwindle Distribution was already halfway done. This is because most skaters 30 years and older know this specific wheel to be the industry and competition game changer from the ’70s. Skateboarders are a nostalgic bunch and we continue to have faith in what our skate forefathers designed and proved to be skateable.

Sitting down with the guys who distribute Kryptonics in South Africa, Revolution Skateboard Supply Co., we knew that all we needed to do was to simply get skaters riding the wheel for them to fall in love with it, and to ingrain in their minds the knowledge that this wheel is legit; the Green 86a slides, the Red 78a grips, and the Blue 82a does both, making it an awesome freeride wheel.

We decided on a hill called 7’s, dubbed this by myself and local sliding legend Wayne Moses more than a decade ago as we were skating there for the best part of two decades, and is the longest surviving freeride and surviving hill and session (the weekly LAZY ALPHA SUNDAYS hosted by the Alpha Longboards crew) in the country known to us.

We came up with the event comprised of two parts, a Slide Jam where we would make four sets of STAR*TRAC 70mm 86a Greens available throughout the day for skaters to shred and slide to their hearts content, and in that 10-15 minutes that each rider had on the greens, and only the Greens, we would judge for longest puckdown slide, longest standup slide, and most stylish rider.

Then there was the racing component to the event where we made 8 sets of STAR*TRAC 75mm 78a Reds available for racers to compete on. This levelled the playing field as we also supplied bearings which meant that all racers were competing on the same wheels and bearing setups on a fast, short course with a sweeping left-hander.

We had about 100 people with skaters ranging from 6 years old to 45 years old come out to skate and watch which meant that the younger skaters who were getting into sliding were able to see first-hand the techniques and skill required to become the skaters they dream to be.

We had 44 competitors in the sliding category with the following results:

Longest puckdown slide – Saleem Haffejee, 40 metres
Longest heelside standup slide – Michael McIver, 19.5 metres
Longest toeside standup slide – Yannick Lussier, 17.5 metres
Most stylish slider – Cam Adams

We had 16 competitors in the racing category with the following results:

1. Alex Troy Meyer
2. Bojan Basic
3. Wayne Moses
4. Lucien Chetty

The event was a huge success and the younger generation of skaters got to experience firsthand what made Kryptonics the game-changer in the ’70s, and we had some awesome reviews and feedback from the riders.

Big thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible: Revolution Skateboard Supply Co., Kryptonics, Triple Eight NYC, Dusters California, Globe Shoes and Alpha Longboards.

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by Greg MaxwellPhoto by Greg Maxwell

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by Greg MaxwellPhoto by Greg Maxwell

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by Greg MaxwellPhoto by Greg Maxwell

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by JJ van RooyenPhoto by JJ van Rooyen

Kryptonics Meltdown Invitational Cape Town Photo by Greg MaxwellPhoto by Greg Maxwell