2016 – Steve Alba

2016 Inductees

Having stepped on a skateboard for the first time in third grade, Steve Alba would refine his vertical skateboard skills over the next few years before winning the first pool contest ever held at the Spring Valley stop of the Hester Series in ‘78.

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From there, the man known as “Le Machine” would become one of the fiercest and most resilient contest competitors of the late ‘70s vertical golden age and essentially remains a cult figure for pool and fullpipe skating today.

Famously honing his skills and stamina in conjunction with his brother Micke at their local park—the legendary Pipeline Skatepark in Upland, CA and the notorious Baldy fullpipe, along with countless backyard pools and pipes nationwide—Steve joined Santa Cruz in 1979 right as their team of Steve Olson, Duane Peters, and himself unleashed punk rock fury on the skateboard world as the most feared team since the Z-Boys. Releasing his Salba Bevel Model that same year—the first deep side-to-side concave on an upturned nose, Steve would go on as a Santa Cruz pillar, through to his video parts in Wheels of Fire (’88), Streets on Fire (’89), and A Reason for Living (’90) before the shift to street skating in the early ‘90s pushed Steve underground. Continuing his near five decades of hunting for vertical terrain today, Steve rejoined the Santa Cruz ‘Veterans’ team in 2007 and remains a legend in the truest sense of the word.

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