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Brian Logan is the oldest sibling of the Logans, the most famous family in skateboarding history. In addition to being top contenders at any and all contests during the 1960s and ’70s, they were also well known for marketing their own brand of decks called Logan Earth Ski. Along with his brother, Bruce (who was one of the first inductees into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2009), his sister Robin (inducted in 2015) and his other brother Brad, the Logans were one of the most influential dynasties, period. Brian began skateboarding in 1959 with Bruce–when the two were eight and nine years old respectively–first riding near their home in Hermosa Beach, California, on the fabled handmade two-by-four planks with metal roller skate wheels. In 1963, Brian and Bruce competed at the first-ever skateboard contest, organized by Larry Stevenson’s Makaha Skateboards on the Pier Avenue Junior High tennis courts–their local practice grounds and future alma mater–and by ’64, both were riding and competing for the Bing Skateboards team.
That same year, Brian and Bruce appeared on the TV show Surf’s Up—the first time skateboarding was shown on television, and in 1965, they also placed in the top five at the American National Skateboard Championships in Anaheim, which was aired live on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. After launching their brand Logan Earth Ski in the early ’70s, their iconic solid oak wood decks (in stark contrast to the fiberglass and plastic decks being manufactured by other brands at the time) became mainstays in the industry, and the brand would grow from shipping 50 boards per week to over 5,000 per month. Having taken on the role of Logan team manager and sponsoring some of the biggest names–including Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Danny Bearer, Torger Johnson, Bob Biniak, Eric Dressen and many more, Brian (along with his mother) ultimately took the reins of the family business and has remained its driving force in the four decades since.