2009 – Tony Alva

2009 Inductees

Tony Alva was born in 1957, in Santa Monica California and in 1968 got his first surfboard and skateboard and developed a passion for surfing, skateboarding and rock-n-roll.

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Tony Alva was born in 1957, in Santa Monica California and in 1968 got his first surfboard and skateboard and developed a passion for surfing, skateboarding and rock-n-roll. In 1972, he joined the legendary Z-Boys skateboard team along with Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta. Alva later went on to wni the Men’s World Overall Championship in 1977. In the 1980’s, Tony formed the infamous “Alva Posse” and sponsored innovative skaters including: Christian Hosoi, Ray Barbee, Mark Gonzales, Dave Duncan, Eddie Reategui, Chris Cook, John Thomas, Jeff Hartsel, Craig Johnson, John Gibson, Bill Danforth, Fred Smith III, and Jim Murphy. In 1999, he was presented the X Games Lifetime Achievement Award from Tony Hawk, and in 2000, he received the Legend Award from TransWorld Skateboarding Magazine. In 2002, Alva was featured in the Sundance and Independent Spirit award-winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys and in 2005 was an authenticity consultant and stunt coordinator on the upcoming Sony feature film, Lord of Dogtown, based on his life with the Z-Boys. The first skateboarder to successfully market himself as a brand name, Tony Alva continues to own and operate the innovative Alva Skateboard Company in Oceanside California. Considered the originator of vertical skateboarding, Alva continues to develop new technology to the sport he loves. Staying true to his roots, Tony Alva surfs and skates pools almost everyday. “Today, Tony sneaks into unsuspecting people’s backyards to taste the illicit thrill of riding an empty pool.” – Stacy Peralta

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