2013 – ICON Warren Bolster

2013 Inductees

A founding father of skateboarding photojournalism, Warren Bolster will always be remembered as the man who revived Skateboarder Magazine in the ‘70s – which in and of itself, was the only skateboard magazine printed nationally at the time and played a crucial role in reviving and spreading the message of skateboarding following its near death in the ‘60s.

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A founding father of skateboarding photojournalism, Warren Bolster will always be remembered as the man who revived Skateboarder Magazine in the ‘70s – which in and of itself, was the only skateboard magazine printed nationally at the time and played a crucial role in reviving and spreading the message of skateboarding following its near death in the ‘60s. Having grown up traveling the world with his father, a US Foreign Service diplomat and later Consul General to Australia, Warren fell in love with skateboarding and surfing at South Bondi in ’65. After returning to the US in ’67, his interests in both blossomed along with a growing interest in photography. Migrating to San Diego in ’70, his first published photos appeared in Surfer in ’72 and he became associate editor by ’76. Tasked with reviving the defunct Skateboarder title, Bolster is credited with pioneering the fisheye, along with high speed motor drive sequence. Along with Kurt Ledterman and Chris Maxwell, Warren’s efforts at Skateboarder succeeded in bringing the publication back to prominence. By collaborating with the likes of Glen Friedman and Craig Stecyk, the magazine became an outright bible for skateboarding’s cultural evolution, documenting the emergence of Dogtown and the Z-Boys and broadcasting their new direction to the world at large. Remaining a staff photographer at Surfer through ’92, Warren moved to Hawaii in ’78 and continued to pursue innovations in surf photography. Sadly, Warren took his own life following long bouts with depression in ’06. RIP, Warren.

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