Creating any one of these key tricks would probably be enough to justify entry into Skateboarding’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, Eddie Elguera is getting inducted for all of them. Born November 12, 1962, Eddie is a two-time World Champion, one of the most prolific trick innovators of the early ‘80s, and has served as a key mentor to anyone from Eric Koston (who logged his first ever footage on Eddie’s driveway quarterpipe in 1990) to Tony Hawk.
Having borrowed a wooden Hobie board with clay wheels from his older brothers at the age of eight in 1970, by 1979 he became the U.S. Amateur Skateboard Association Champion for pool skating, and by 1980 he had turned pro, won Skateboarder Magazine’s “Vertical Skateboarder of the Year, won the 1980 Gold Cup Series to notch back-to-back World Champion titles, and with the help of his coach Dale “Sausageman” Smith—invented the aforementioned Elguerial—the trick itself then winning a “Most spectacular New Maneuver” award. After battling a substance abuse problem and converting to Christianity in 1983, Eddie would return full force to become a founding member of the influential H-Street companies, and now in his 50’s—continues to be a threat at any Masters Division event.