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Profiles on the first group of skaters to be inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame
On October 24, 2009 The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) along with hundreds from the skate community inducted four skateboarders, one representing skateboarding from each decade from the 1960s to the 1990s, into the new Skateboarding Hall of Fame. The official inaugural celebration was held at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CA.
Bruce Logan – representing skateboarding in the 1960s
Bruce Logan was a skate pioneer in the 1960s. He was known as the “Skateboard Wizard” and he blazed a trail for all other skateboarders who were brave – or crazy enough to follow him. He created his own skateboard in the 1950s using a 2 x 4 and metal roller skates. He used the board to bomb hills doing sidewalk surfing or “surf skate” and he became one of the first professional skateboarders.
Logan was on the first skate team in 1963 that was put together by Larry Stevenson, founder of Makaha Skateboards, one of the earliest companies in the industry. Later, Logan and his brother Bruce began their own company, Logan Earth Ski, which became one of the biggest skateboard companies in the 1970s and 1980s. In both 1975 and 1976 Logan was the World Champion Skateboarder.
Tony Alva – representing skateboarding in the 1970s
Tony Alva skated with Bruce Logan on the Makaha/Logan Earth Ski team early in his career. In the 1970s Alva, along with his crew the Z-Boys, invented many tricks – above all pool riding. The Z-Boys revolutionized the sport, carving both pools and a niche for what became extreme sports, and helping to create the skate culture. Alva is considered the originator of vertical skateboarding.
Alva won Men’s World Overall Skateboard Championship in 1977; in 1999 he won the X Games Lifetime Achievement Award; and in 2000, the Legend Award from Transworld Skateboard Magazine. He was featured in the Sundance and Independent Spirit award-winning documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys” (2002). Tony Alva lent his expertise a consultant and stunt coordinator on the Sony film, “Lords Of Dogtown” (2005), based on the Z-Boys. Tony Alva continues to own and operate the Alva Skateboard Company in Oceanside, CA.
Tony Hawk – representing skateboarding in the 1980s
Tony Hawk, The Birdman, turned pro when he was 14 and by the time he was 16 he was the best skateboarder in the world. His father Frank created the National Skateboard Association (NSA) and the California Amateur Skateboard League. The NSA and its high-profile contests contributed to the growth of skateboarding in the 1980s. Hawk invented many tricks, among them the 900 which he was the first to land at the X Games on July 27, 1999 on his 12th attempt.
In the early 1990s when skateboarding saw another ebb in popularity, he created Birdhouse Projects, a skateboard and skate accessories company. Hawk also helped pioneer skate’s entry into video games with the 1999 Activision collaboration Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for PlayStation. Since then, the THPS series has become one of the best-selling video-game franchises of all time. Hawk gives back to skateboarding with his Tony Hawk Foundation, which promotes the sport by helping to finance public skateparks in low-income areas, and has distributed over $3,000,000 to non-profit groups building skateparks throughout the U.S.
Danny Way – representing skateboarding in the 1990s
Danny Way redefined the boundaries of skateboarding by creating and dominating the Mega Ramp: a large ramp with a 62-ft drop in to a 70-ft gap to a 27-ft 3-in quarterpipe, which spawned Big Air, the X Games event, in its seventh year in 2010. Way persuaded ESPN to bring the mega ramp to the 2004 X Games. He won the gold medal in the Big Air contest 2004, 2005 and 2006. His terrifying 20 foot free- fall and crash landing in the 2008 X Games is legendary; he was checked by paramedics, then returned, winning the Big Air silver medal. In the 2009 X Games, Way won the gold in the debut of the Big Air Rail Jam.
Way has the distinction of holding records in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2005 he became the first person to jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard, breaking the world skateboarding record for distance. He holds the record for height out of skateboard ramp which he set on his newly designed Mega Ramp in 2003. Way also holds the record for longest distance jumped on a skateboard set at the Big Air event at the 2004 X Games. In November 2008, he set the skateboarding speed record when he was towed by a car at 74.5 miles per hour. Way is the only person to be awarded Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Year in 1994 and 2004.
All four skaters contributed to skateboarding in unique ways and continue to be active as athletes or advocates for the sport.