I love this old film because it was when I started skateboarding. We’ve all heard of Tony Alva right? Well if you haven’t he was one of the key members of the world famous Dogtown skateboarders from Santa Monica California good old USA. And he was a member of the pioneering skate team the Zephyr Skateboard Team which had 12 members. Here’s a photo of them with Tony on the far right and the late Shogo Kubo who I skated with in 1978 on the far left, he also signed my Dogtown T-shirt.
When Tony came to the Vans event in London in 2011 he saw someone wearing one of my T-shirts and he said ‘Hey man that’s a cool T-shirt’ which is actually cool. I met Tony in Soho and he signed an A3 poster of himself for me which I will be giving away in a competition this summer.
It’s a couple of weeks since Dogtown legend Jay Adams birthday. And five years since his death. I was born a little before Jay and although I lived by a famous sandy beach it wasn’t good for surfing. Only water skiing, skim boarding and wind surfing. I did all three of course. Jay started surfing at 4 years old so he was on boards about 4 years before me. Jay was famous for his attitude of not caring what others thought and just doing what he enjoyed. We had this in common. At that time skateboarding was emulating surfing, it’s what the surfers like Jay did in Dogtown when there was no surf to be had. Then in the mid 70s skateboarding came of age and developed into something more than stylish sweeping, carving moves. I contacted Jay on Facebook and we chatted for a while, he then asked for a couple of my Ts so I posted them to him. I always regretted not going over to the USA. Who knows I may have ended up staying there. The exact T-shirt Jay asked for is no longer available but the is the closest one.