No doubt, one of the few things I regret, is selling this oak, signed by Tony Alva, skateboard. It was used during the making of the "Lords of Dogtown" movie. I bought it during a visit to Cali, a trip that was a reflection of a missed opportunity to start my life over at the age of 12. Yeah, I know. LOL. At that time I was convinced I could and should go live in California to become a professional skater. I always felt like an outlier, people at school made fun of my weird skateboard shoes and my bubble consisted of a tiny crew that preferred riding the vert over anything else.
What really kickstarted a life of riding boards, was a plastic narrow skateboard I got at the age of 7. With no friends to share the joy of flowing down the streets, I finally found a partner in crime, Hans Claessens, and I started sharing that board with him. A few years later later he got his first real skateboard, a Schmitt Stix ATV.
The John "Tex" Gibson (Alva) model was my very own first real board, and all things Alva, still today, give me goose bumps. While the Z-Boys were basically surfers riding boards on the streets, for me it was the other way around, skate was the stepping stone to a surfer life.
Unlike me, Hans never quit, and became an icon himself, and the rest as they say, is history. While I didn't dislike the "Lords of Dogtown", this new movie seems to be the real deal, the teaser gave me 100+ seconds of goose bumps.
At 61-years-old Tony Alva, the oldest professional skater in the world, is considered by many to be the godfather of modern day skateboarding.
Alva’s brand of aggression and bravado in the 70’s set the stage for the way skateboarding would be forever defined.
Vans’ The Tony Alva Story chronicles T.A.’s humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes to accept his rightful place as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations of skateboarders.
Coming June 12th, 2020. Written & Directed by Rick Charnoski & Coan "Buddy" Nichols/Six Stair Productions Starring: Tony Alva, Jeff Grosso, Wynn Miller, Steve Olson, Shepard Fairy, Gus Van Sant, Josh Brolin, Jeff Ament, Glen E Friedman, Robert Trujillo, Brad Bowman, Pete Zehnder, Jeff Ho, Stacey Peralta, Elijah Berle and more. Music: Josh Landau, Eliminator