Since hosting the first true skate video with The Bones Brigade Video Show in 1984, then rising with the tide of the Powell Peralta brand as it grew into the biggest company of the massive ’80s boom, launching and running The Firm, before finally landing at Flip and Nike SB, Lance Mountain has ensured that skateboarding continues to put a smile on your face through four decades of clocking in as a professional. Born June 13, 1964, Mountain originally turned pro for Variflex in ’82 before joining the Bones Brigade right in time to star in Stacy Peralta’s first release. By the time Powell’s third video, The Search For Animal Chin, dropped in ’86, the Bones Brigade—Lance, Tony, Mike, Tommy, and Stevie (along with Rodney and the rest)—were household names worldwide and Powell Peralta was a multinational behemoth. During his time on Powell, Lance is credited with inventing the gay twist (along with Neil Blender), the sad plant, the eggplant, and even the Fingerboard while appearing in movies from Thrashin’ (’86) and Police Academy 4 (’87) to Gleaming The Cube (’89). Through the years, he also built his own backyard vert, mini ramps, and now pool at his “Mountain Manor” home in Alhambra, California, and his artwork has been featured on anything from board graphics and shoes to last year’s Tampa Pro contest. While his list of accolades and skill as a skateboarder could fill this page and many to come, it has always been Lance’s unabashed love for the pastime and those who dedicate their lives to it, which has made his 40-year tenure shine the brightest. Thank you, Lance.