Since there has been a lot of buzz around 7Tree skateboards lately we decided to do an interview with the owner and founder Klas Herder Tingvall.
– So, who is is Klas?
– A dedicated boardrider born -73, passionated stubborn entrepreneur now running a skateboard factory.
– What’s your background within board “sports” and skateboard in particular?
– My first skateboard I got from my second cousin in 1982, a fantastic fibreglass deck and I still have parts from it under my skin of my hands…In 1987 I won a local ollie competition with 73cm on a Lance Mountain deck. I have never really stopped skateboarding, it has since then always been a part of my life! I spent alot of time snowboarding between 91-97 , 10 months per year the last three. I have been travelling the world looking for the perfect surf over to building skimboards in Varberg on the Swedish westcoast.
The first skateboard was built in 97, got some help with wheels from Skateout and my first longboard was a fact! Now I could cruise down to the beach and surf…
-The manufacturing is done in Borås, Sweden. Can you describe a little bit about the process?
We are very proud of our team of carefully selected riders. Gudmund Fjällgren was our first teamrider, very experienced and a proffesional graphics designer responsible for the design of most of our models. Hugo Håkansson is our youngest talent with an impressive bag of tricks and a great potential. Ludvig (Hugos older brother) has a unique “retro” style which he applies to all terrain, from laybacks in pools to flatland freestyle!
William Hall is a streetskater with a lot of difficult tricks on his list. Simon Karlsson is truly allround with skills in everything from street to vert. John J-Mag Magnusson, we are ofcourse very proud to have on the team, one of the most talented skaters of all times in Sweden with tons of skills and style! He also means a lot for the Swedish skateboarding community.
Pontus Björn is our latest rider to join the team, one of the best vertskaters in Sweden but can with no problem score in a miniramp or bowl comp!
Pontus & Simon @ Vertattck 6
When it comes to the future we have just released our 2012 spring collection and there will be some more exiting stuff coming….
Thanks Klas! and don’t forget to check out the new website 7tree.se