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R.I.P. “The Original Seed” Jay Adams

R.I.P. Jay Adams (February 3, 1961 - August 14, 2014)             In the wake of Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) unfortunate passing, we have lost film legend Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) and today news broke that Skateboard legend Jay Adams has also passed


R.I.P.
Jay Adams (
February 3, 1961 – August 14,
2014
)
            In
the wake of Robin Williams (
July
21, 1951 – August 11, 2014
) unfortunate passing,
we have lost film legend Lauren Bacall (
September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)
and today news broke that Skateboard legend Jay Adams has also passed away.
            “The Original Seed” of skateboarding was born in the part of Venice, California
known as “Dogtown” and one of the original members of the Z-BOYS, a group of
skateboarders in the mid-1970s from Santa Monica
and Venice, California that introduced much of the
attitude and maneuvers that would later birth the skateboard craze of the 1980’s.

            Adams is probably not the greatest
skater of all time, but I can say without fear of being wrong that he is
clearly the archetype of modern-day skateboarding.

– Bones Brigade founder Stacy Peralta

            Much
of the Z-Boys fame came from the “Dogtown” articles written about them in
Skateboarder Magazine by Craig Stecyk.
The Zephyr team broke
up shortly after the Del Mar Nationals and half the team followed Kent
Sherwood, who made the Zephyr boards, to a new team. Sherwood and Adams created
the brand and team EZ RYDER, which changed its name to Z-Flex six months later.
Adams was the face of the brand.
Adams was sponsored by
Hurley, Nixon, Osiris Shoes, Z-Flex, Tracker Trucks, Vercelli Surfboards,
Carver Racks, Abec 11 wheels and Black Flys.
Adams was inducted into
the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2012. He is featured prominently in the 2001
award-winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys and in the 2005
dramatized film account of the Z-Boys origins, Lords of Dogtown. In the movie, he was
played by Emile Hirsch.

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