Danny Bearer was a perennial all-star in football, basketball and baseball throughout his youth, and was runner-up in the L.A. Recreation and Parks tennis championship at the age of 12. But by the time he reached high school, he was so passionate about surfing and skating that it was bantered about that he “majored in surfing” at his high school in Pacific Palisades. Danny was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word, developing his fluid and flashy style in the same West Los Angeles schoolyards that the Z-Boys would skate a decade later. In 1963, Danny was one skateboarding’s first sponsored athletes as part of Larry Stevenson’s original Makaha skateboard exhibition team. The following year, at the ripe old age of 14, he traveled the US as part of the Hobie Surf and Skate Team staging exhibitions in Texas, New York, and all along the eastern seaboard, performing for crowds, many of whom had never seen skateboards before. However, it was back at home in Southern California that Danny solidified his spot in skateboarding’s consciousness when he was crowned the Men’s Winner of the National Championships in Santa Monica, California in December of 1964. All this at a time when wheels were clay, tricks were few and style was everything.
Photograph Kent Sherwood late 1960s
Photograph Kent Sherwood early 1970s