Interview: Alex Tongue[wptouch target=”mobile”][/wptouch]
Hot off of a successful season on the IGSA circuit, and with some high-powered sponsors behind him, things are looking good for Alex Tongue as he gears up for the inaugural IDF season and another year of traveling around the world with a skateboard. With a signature model deck out now, we figured it was a good time to have a chat with the dude and see where he’s at in life.
Hey Alex, how are you?
I’m great! Just hanging out at home skating and going to school. How are you Justus?
Doing good, thanks! Where is home for you?
Right now home is in Happy Valley, Oregon. It is a town just outside of Portland. We have better hills though, just for the record. If you ever come out here hit me up!
Nice, will do. How long until you graduate?
Haha, well right now I’m just doing the winter term at Portland State University, then it’s back on the road for the race season. So when will I graduate? At the rate I’m going, not for a while.
Right on, got to have your priorities straight! You did super well on the race circuit this year, what do you have your sights set on for the upcoming year?
Thanks, last year was a blast! For 2013 I’m working with some new sponsors and we are going to really focus on the media aspect of the sport (or whatever you want to call it). I’m going to be racing the IDF series this year as well, and many more independent events.
Are you gunning to be the first ever IDF champ?
Well I’d love that, and I’m going to try. I want to have fun and promote the sport as much as I can, but I’ve also been riding and training to do well this season. I guess we will see soon enough.
What’s your first destination this season?
Well I just got back from the Guajataca race in Puerto Rico, but didn’t actually get to race because the event was postponed until after I left… I’ve got a couple secret film trips coming up soon but I can’t talk about those.
Sounds like fun. Will you be escaping the grey Pacific NorthWest winter?
Well I’m stuck here until my term at school is over, but I have a weekend put aside to go to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race and do some promotional stuff with Stalk It.
Daytona, eh? Is that the next big longboard breakthrough market? Stalk It seems pretty new on the scene, how did you get hooked up with them and what have you been doing with them?
Haha, Daytona the next big longboard market? I doubt it, haha. It’ll be cool though, they will be doing some cool stuff. I started riding for Stalk It last year and they’ve really been building up and will be huge on the scene soon. They are doing really big things. Things that the longboarding crowd has never seen.
Sounds mysterious! Can you drop any hints?
Hmmm, well I can’t really say anything that will give something away, but I can say that some of the projects we are doing will bring longboarding to the mainstream. Whether people see that as a good thing or not depends on their own view. I think it will be beneficial to the core scene as well as the masses.[sam id=”8″ codes=”true”]
When do you think we’ll see some of these projects?
Over the next year or two you will see them. Big things take time to make happen.
For sure. Last question on this topic: What does “Stalk It” mean? I’ve been curious.
Well the name Stalk It comes from a type of material they use in their boards. It’s a material made from recycled corn stalk. The material is called cornboard. The owner of Stalk It runs a company called CornBoard which makes that material. It’s really cool and a unique alternative to wood.
Haha, it never ceases to amaze me what can be made from corn. How does the corn affect the ride? Also, I thought that your board was a Maple/Carbon Fiber layup, is there corn in there too?
Well the race boards that are out right now don’t have the material, but the plan is for the boards to all have at least some plys of that material. As for affecting the ride, I haven’t noticed a difference. It seems to be strong and responsive so that’s a good thing.
Nice. What’s your favorite place to ride?
My favorite place to ride is my hometown of Happy Valley. The runs aren’t too long, but there is so much stuff here and every run has cool features you can ride. There’s no place like home.
Very true. How’s the scene there?
Well the scene in Portland is huge! I see new faces at almost every skate session I go to. There aren’t a ton of riders in Happy Valley, but people come from all over Portland to skate there. You should come up sometime and see for yourself!
Sounds like fun. What’s your favorite spot that you’ve traveled to? You’ve covered a fair bit of territory in your race travel, haven’t you?
Oh man, that’s a tough question. Yeah, I’ve traveled to like 15 countries or something like that. My favorite place to skate would probably be Europe. They have some amazing roads out there. Hairpins for miles! That’s a tough question, every place has their own unique style and it is hard to say one area is better than the other. I like skating just about anywhere as long as it’s with a rad crew.
How did you initially get into skating and bombing hills?
I’ve been skateboarding (traditional street skating) for over 12 years now. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I got my first cruiser longboard. The area I live in is just better suited for longboarding, so naturally I transitioned from traditional street skating to bombing hills. My brother and friend Jackson are the main reasons I got into longboarding though. Huge thanks to them if they ever see this!
Right on. Well it’s been great talking to you. Any shoutouts?
For sure, thanks for the questions! I’d like to give a shoutout to my sponsors: Daddies Board Shop, Stalk It Boards, Orangatang Wheels, Aera Trucks, and Skate[Slate] for hooking up at the rad media and news!
Catch ya later Alex. Peace!
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