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Gale Webb – 2019

Find Gale on Social Media Widely known as the Skateboarding Mom, Gale Webb was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1944. At age 12 in 1956, she found a pair of old roller skates and hammered the steel wheels on a 2” x 4”. That was her first time skateboarding–falling, having fun and acquiring “plenty of scabs. It …

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Val Surf – 2019

Find Val Surf on Social Media When Mark Richards and his family first opened the doors of Val Surf in North Hollywood, California on October 6, 1962, it was the very first skateboard shop in the world. (Yes, in addition to surfboards, they’ve carried skateboards since the beginning!) Open continuously since then, Val Surf is …

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Edie Robertson – 2019

Find Edie in Social Media Edie Robertson was one of the most accomplished pro female skateboarders of the 1970s, with a stellar competitive record and sponsorship deals that speak for themselves. Born in 1962, Edie’s first skateboard ride went down at age 10 on a friend’s Black Night with clay wheels. She dug it so …

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Jeff Phillips – 2019

Jeff Phillips is widely recognized as one of the most powerful vertical skateboarders of the 1980s. More beast than man, he relentlessly shook the ramp, pounded the coping and launched way above it with the utmost force. Starting out buttboarding in Dallas, Texas at age 10 on a 4” x 10” Shark skateboard with steel …

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Jason Lee – 2019

Follow Jason on Instagram A native of Southern California residing in Texas since 2015, Jason Lee (born 1970) is a film photographer, actor, and director. Having established a successful career as a professional skateboarder during the sport’s pivotal late-1980s and early-’90s period, Lee would go on to pursue acting in 1994, which lead to work …

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Kona Skatepark – 2019

Find Kona on Social Media Few skateparks have experienced the stratospheric highs and subterranean lows that compare to those of the storied Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville, Florida. Opened by Martin Ramos II and his wife Helen with investors on June 4, 1977, the park promptly went bankrupt twice in its first year, and then sat …

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Cris Dawson -2019

Find Cris on Social Media None other than the legendary CR Stecyk III accurately described Cris Dawson as “one of the premier ’60s stylists.” Born in Santa Monica, California in 1948, Cris started skating in 1959 on a 2” x 4” with roller skate wheels nailed on. From 1963 through ’66, he progressed to a solid oak board with …

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Micke Alba – 2019

Follow Micke on Social Media Born in the Badlands of Southern California, Michael “Micke” Alba enjoyed a career as one of the top vert pros from the late 1970s to the late-’80s. Starting out skating freestyle around 1975, Micke switched over to vert at the Bel Air Pool, the Central Pool, the famous L Pool …

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Mike Weed – 2018

Mike Weed was one of the pioneers of modern pool riding and one of the best all-round skaters of the 1970s. Riding vert, freestyle, slalom, and downhill, he had deep surfing roots and was even a pro surfer for a short time. Mike and his friends had the luck to find the Brea Spillway many months …

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Skateboarder Magazine – 2018

Follow Skateboarder Magazine on Instagram Skateboarder magazine is unique in the history of the sport. It was not only the world’s first dedicated skateboarding publication, it was also the most respected and emulated, as well as the guidebook to the 1970s skateboarding revolution. Other magazines have followed, but none have enjoyed the influence or admiration of …

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Tommy Ryan – 2018

Follow Tommy on Facebook Tommy Ryan started skating in 1957. During his 61 years as a skateboarder, he has appeared in newspapers, magazines, television and movies; traveled far and wide; developed product; and competed as part of a pro slalom team. In the 1960s Tommy appeared in Surfers Illustrated, the San Diego Union Tribune, a …

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Judi Oyama – 2018

Find Judi on Social Media Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Judi Oyama started skating in her driveway at age 13 on a homemade board her brother made in wood shop. A few years later, she entered her first slalom competition and promptly crashed, but kept racing–bloody elbow pad, bandages and all. Within a few …

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Guy Mariano – 2018

Find Guy on Social Media Not many skateboarders have been in the public eye as long as Guy Mariano. Born in Los Angeles, he was a prodigy from not long after the moment he stepped on a board. The Powell-Peralta video Ban This introduced him to the world alongside his childhood friends Paulo Diaz, Rudy Johnson and …

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Allen Losi – 2018

Find Allen on Social Media Allen Losi was born in 1965 in Sylmar, California. He grew up in Rialto, riding motorcycles and playing all sports. At age 8, his best friend got a Black Knight skateboard that they both loved. Although his friend died of leukemia the next year, Allen has continued skating ever since. His …

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