Lodge Guest, Thalente Biyela

Photo Beau RouletteThalente & Artwork By Jared Aufrichtig


Where do you currently live and where are you from ?

LA & Cape Town from Durban, South Africa

Tell us a little bit about your past ?

my future is brighter then my past…

Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?

why not skateboarding. its something i got into because my friends did it. and it kinda came naturally.

What size set up, wheels & trucks do you currently ride ?

8’3 birdhouse deck. 14’9 thunder hollows. 54ml spitfire wheel.

Do you have any setup rituals, we need to know about ?

not that i know of.

Any sponsors ?

Vans, Birdhouse, Kingswell, Rastaclat

What kind of skateboarding do you prefer ?

i honestly like it all. as long as i’m having fun

Do you have a great skate spot in your home town you can recommend ?

i am literally the worst when it comes to spots..safe to say i’m useless.

Who is your favorite skateboarders, under and over 30 ?

everyone is my favorite skater.

School, work, not working or other occupation ?

professional human.


Thalente Biyela - Front Tail - Photo By Jon Coulthard

Thalente Biyela – Front Tail – Photo By Jon Coulthard


How is a normal day looking for you ? 

it depends on who i’m with, or where i am. but for the most part..it’ll be filled skating hanging with the bros and sharing a few laughs.

Tell us how a good long great weekend should look for you

skating maybe go for a hike possibly go for a nice swim.



Thalente Biyela – FS Feebz – The Shred Bowl – Photo By Grant McLachian

How is this fall treating you ?

so far so good.

Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?

just a few homies around Cape Town.



Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?


Last country you visited ? and what happened there ?

the US. it was for the Vans Park Series in Salt Lake City Utah.

What was the last gnarly thing you witnessed ?

honestly its been a minuet.

What was the last item you bought ?

bag of chips and some gum.

Do you have any odd or strange things you do, that you wanna share ?

i was born with my legs joined together.

What do you do besides skateboarding, do you have other hobbies, other interests ?

i do private skate coaching, and want to get into public/motivational speaking.

What is your to go to restaurant, you wanna share ?

my go to would be FoodInn. its cheap and pretty healthy.

When you cook food, what do you cook ?

nothing too fancy, just a few different pasta dishes, breakfast stuff, and sandwiches.

How do you see the future of skateboarding ?

i see it as being very bright.

Who do we need to interview on the lodge ?

everyone. i think you guys are rad and represent a lot of cool things. and anyone that you guys interview will be the right person i am positive.

Do you ever think about a future with no skateboarding ?

hell no.


Amazing artwork by Jared-Aufrichtig

Amazing artwork by Jared-Aufrichtig

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