2018 – Brad Bowman

2018 Inductees

Brad Bowman’s first metal-wheeled skateboard ride – in Indiana in the mid-60s – lasted less than ten seconds and ended with a hipper and a bloody elbow. A few years later he passed a toy store window display in Corona Del Mar and soon cajoled his Mom into getting him a clay-wheeled Super Surfer inlaid with beautiful exotic wood.


Brad loved riding the streets and hills of his beach community, but soon his mother took a job that brought them to the San Fernando Valley. There Brad fell hard for motocross and BMX, and skateboarding briefly took a back seat. But during one Wednesday night cruise near his home, he met a pack of local skaters who soon became his crew at regular sessions in the valley’s ditches, banks, and pools.
Another move accelerated Brad’s skating career. New neighbor Scott Goodkin shot footage at local hills, banks, and pools. And Brad’s new school was just three minutes from Reseda Skatercross, which became his second home and advanced training ground.
All the top pros rode the Skatercross vertical snake run, stoking the local groms with varied lines and strokes. Photographers Stanley and William Sharp, James O’Mahoney, Jim Goodrich, and Hugh Holland took images of Brad that made the pages of skateboard magazines internationally.
This was the fuel that kept Brad fired up to excel and gain sponsorship. Local West Valley surf shop owner/builder Glen Kennedy added Brad to his team, and many high-profile sponsors soon followed – including G&S, Gullwing, Kryptonics, Val Surf, Independent, and Sims.

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