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Tom Sims – 2013

As a lifelong skateboarder, snowboarder, and surfer, Tom Sims contributed a host of innovations, from building and marketing the first longboards for skateboarding in 1975 to designing the first laminated multiple-ply maple decks in ’77, built by a water-ski manufacturer. Tom is often referred to as the inventor of snowboarding based on having designed what …

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NHS – 2013

Find NHS on Social Media Founded in 1973 by Richard Novak, Doug Haut, and Jay Shuirman, NHS, Inc. has grown into a veritable empire in skateboarding, consisting of a wide variety of brands, including Independent, Flip, Krux, Ricta, Mob Grip, Nor Cal Clothing, OJ Wheels, Creature, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Santa Cruz Snowboards, …

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Rodney Mullen – 2013

Fittingly inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame the same year as his former Powell-Peralta teammate and fellow Floridian, Alan Gelfand, Rodney would be more than worthy of this honor for his adaptation of Gelfand’s vertical ollie to flatground alone. When Rodney innovated the freestyle ollie pop on flat ground in 1982, it became the …

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Alan Gelfand – 2013

Find Alan on Social Media It is impossible to overstate the importance of the gift Alan Gelfand bestowed upon skateboarding when he cracked the world’s first Ollie in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1977. Much like a fluke mutation in the evolutionary process, Gelfand has consistently described the first occurrences of the “no-hands air” as an …

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DEVO – 2013

Find Devo on Social Media As skateboarding’s second wave kicked into gear during the late 1970s, key bands fueled the new direction of the counterculture. Chiefly among them, DEVO’s fast and jerky new sound fit perfectly, embodying the faster and looser style unchained by urethane, the Z-Boys low-to-the-ground style, and the aggressive edge they brought …

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Wendy Bearer Bull – 2013

Find Wendy on Social Media The younger sister of Skateboarding Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Danny Bearer, Wendy Bearer Bull was the only female member of Larry Stevenson’s original Makaha Skateboard Team during the 1960s boom of “sidewalk surfing.” Later, Wendy was also a member of the original Hobie Skateboards and Surf team. Founded in …

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Warren Bolster – 2013

A founding father of skateboarding photojournalism, Warren Bolster will always be remembered as the man who revived Skateboarder magazine in 1975. The only skateboard magazine printed nationally at the time, Skateboarder played a crucial role in spreading the message of the sport following its near death in the ’60s. Having grown up traveling the world …

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Peggy Oki – 2012

Find Peggy on Social Media In the mid 1970s, Peggy Oki cemented her place in skateboarding history as the wildly influential Zephyr Team’s one and only Z-Girl. If you ask her, however, she hardly noticed she was the only girl. Her ability to hold her own alongside teammates Tony Alva and Jay Adams wasn’t a …

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Frank Nasworthy – 2012

Introducing polyurethane wheels to skateboarding with his Cadillac Wheels in 1973, Frank Nasworthy paved the way for the second great boom of skateboarding in the 1970s. Skateboarding’s popularity had waned in the ’60s after reaching its peak with freestyle. Everything had seemingly already been done with the standard clay wheels of the time. Then Frank, …

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John Humphrey – 2012

John Humphrey became the first licensee of a skateboard patent after going into business with Albert C. Boyden to produce the Humco Surfer in 1963. Having clearly made a name for himself in skateboarding history, he did so even more so in American history long before, as a U.S. Naval pilot. In 1944, John’s ambition …

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Mark Gonzales – 2012

Today’s street skateboarding is a far cry from the pool-influenced riding of the 1970s from which it was spawned, and the Gonz had a lot to do with that. Mark Gonzales, the pioneering and consequently obliterating ripper of all oncoming terrain, subject to the variables in which he chose to place before his path, naturally, didn’t set out to …

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Glen E. Friedman – 2012

Find Glen on Social Media Glen E. Friedman, considered by many to be the most important photographer of his generation, started his illustrious career by first being published in Skateboarder magazine at the age of 14. He is most well known for his influential and iconic images of rebellious artists ranging from classic skateboarding, punk …

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Black Flag – 2012

Find Black Flag on Social Media The seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag gave voice to an anti-authoritarian, non-conformist message that deeply resonated with and inspired skateboarders in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Rising up from the streets of Hermosa Beach, California, with a do-it-yourself, against-the-grain approach to underground popularity, Black Flag emerged like …

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Danny Bearer – 2012

Danny Bearer was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word, developing his fluid and flashy style at the same West Los Angeles schoolyards in the mid-1960s that the Z-Boys would skate a decade later. Danny was a perennial all-star in football, basketball and baseball throughout his youth, and was a runner-up in the …

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Jay Adams – 2012

Jay Adams has been called “the original seed” of skateboarding. As an original Z-Boy, he is considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. The 1975 Del Mar Nationals were a big turning point in skateboarding history, when the world got its first taste of the Zephyr crew. Jay was the first of …

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Larry Stevenson – 2010

In the early 1960s, Larry Stevenson was working as a lifeguard in Southern California. He noticed that on days the waves were tame, surfers would dart around a parking lot on crude skateboards cobbled together from wooden planks with metal roller skate wheels. Mr. Stevenson, an avid swimmer and surfer, thought he could do better. He began …

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CR Stecyk III – 2010

Follow Craig on Instagram In the late 1970s, as an original member of the Dogtown skateboard gang in Southern California, Stecyk changed the look and attitude of skateboarding forever. As a result of familial and neighborhood connections in the Venice and Santa Monica areas of Los Angeles, Stecyk grew up around car customizers and auto …

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