Jay Adams has been called “The Original Seed” of skateboarding. As an original Z-Boy, he is considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. The 1975 Del Mar Nationals were a big turning point as the skateboarding world got it’s first taste of the Zephyr crew. Jay was the first of the Z-Boys to compete that day and his freestyle run epitomized their low, aggressive, fluid style; but what’s more is that his innovative on-the spot improvisation brought a rawness and an energy that came across as natural ability and passion for the sport. On that fateful day, Jay Adams and the Zephyr Team elevated skateboarding from hobby to lifestyle and inevitably to professional career. Jay along with his DogTown brethren soon thereafter took skateboarding to empty swimming pools and their vertical walls like no one else before them, truly changing the sport in it’s most significant way in history. It was a wild, totally insane, radical, no holds barred leap forward, epitomized by Jay’s bad ass attitude and style, that made him one of, if not the most, beloved and iconic heroes in the history of skateboarding.
Photograph Glen E. Friedman 1977
Photograph Dick Gustafson