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Monday, December 6, 2010


The IASC six new skateboarding heroes

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And I thought I was the only skateboarder in the world…

The IASC setting with Dave Duncan on the mike...
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
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As I was walking down the hall of the Cooper Building and Design Space where the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. officially celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame of 6 legends on Saturday night, I ran into both Jim Fitzpatrick and later into Patti McGee (thanks to Cindy Whitehead).

Jim and Patti are probably the reason why I started skateboarding in the first place and they are probably the reason why we all started skateboarding. I told both of them stories about my father who used to save all those early Surfer/Skateboarder magazines (and its French emulations) and that when I was looking at their pictures in the magazines I was thinking that we were probably the only skateboarders on the planet…

Little did I know that this would be the recurrent theme of the night.
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
Jay-Boy skating Marylin’s curves… Ain’t that a skater’s dream?
Saturday night, the industry celebrated skateboarders from our distant past. On top of the 00’and the 90’s, everybody remembered the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, a time when skateboarding was still the little brother of surfing and when it was going from boom to burst to boom to burst … In that era of uncertainty, skateboarding had been several times clinically proven dead, just to reborn a decade later: the sky is the limit but the landing is hard. And the few of us that survived the tsunamis that destroyed the industry were looking haphazardly around us wondering: “Where have they all gone?” and “Why am I the only one out here now?”
We owe a bunch to those people: Jim Fitzpatrick, Patti McGee, Torger Johson, Bruce Logan, Ty Page, Danny Bearer, Woody Woodworth, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Bob Biniak, C.R. Stecyk. Larry Stevenson… Those were the guys who, even during the bad times, hanged on to skateboarding and believed in it.
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
Steve Van Doren
They created skateboarding as we know it.

They created skateboarding’s way of life and culture which has permeated well into 2011 from the early 60’s, almost unchanged. Most kids don’t know about this past. And my definition of a kid is a broad one, like the one Tony Alva used to spread: “Any skateboarder under 50 is a kid”.

Jim Fitzpatrick exported skateboarding to Europe in the mid 60’s and was later (in the mid 00’s) instrumental in the rebirth of skateparks in the USA. Bruce Logan, last year's inductee and the 1975 and 1976 World Champion, began skateboarding in the 50s on a board he built from a two by four and roller skates and was one of the founding member of the once prestigious Makaha Skateboard team. Last time I checked, Bruce Logan was still riding
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
Steve Caballero: this award is heavy!
for Gravity skateboards!

Then, it was time to recognize people like Torger Johnson.
Torger Johnson, although no longer with us due to a tragic automobile accident while in Hawaii in 1983, was remembered for his contributions and talents in skateboarding industry by his long time family friends, Brian Logan and Dennis Scheufeldt. His award was accepted by his brother, Bay Johnson.

Torger Johnson was a true hero and as Lance Mountain recalled during the night: "Torger was already a skateboard champ 10 years before I started, but I knew who he was”.
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This year's entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
Larry Stevenson's (R.I.P) son and a replica of the first Makaha board
with a kick-tail
Patti McGee is that other icon of longevity: she was the first lady to make the cover of Skateboarder magazine and the first lady to make the cover of Life magazine on a skateboard and that was 45 years ago! She started skateboarding again in her mid 50’s. Her award was presented by her daughter, Hailey who was so proud and said it was great growing up with the coolest mom who was also such an inspiration to her.

Patti spoke about her start in skateboarding and how her sponsorship with Hobie really escalated her career. She is proud of all the female skaters that have made progress with the sport and taken on the challenge of being a female skateboarder.

Girls were sometimes forgotten those past years, but they are coming back. An event like the Girls Combo Pool Party (2 weeks ago) and the induction of Patti McGee at the Skateboarding Hall of Fame are proving that the history of skateboarding is heading down the right way.

Memories from the past and strange emotional feelings were flowing at the ceremony.

Stevenson’s son (on the left) recalled when his father Larry Stevenson was editing Surf Guide before being sued by John Severson and Surfer magazine over a futile dispute. That prompted him to set-up Makaha skateboards and to invent (and even patent) the kick-tail in 1969. Where would skateboarding be without the kick-tail? Eventually, Larry Stevenson edited Poweredge skateboarding magazine during the 1980s and 1990s…

IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
Patti Mcgee -Steve Berra - Lance Mountain -Hailey McGee
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
Standing ovation: what’s better than being acclaimed by a room full of skateboarding legends?
Being acclaimed by your daughter… After the speech, Patti Mc Gee is looking straight into Hailey's eyes...
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.

Patti McGee and daughter Hailey. As the first professional female skateboarder, Patti McGee became the “Women’s National Skateboard Champion” in 1964. Then, she became the Demo Girl for HOBIE Skateboards and traveled for nearly two years demonstrating the boards on a national level. She has also appeared on the cover of “Life” and on The Johnny Carson Show among a list of other accomplishments.
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.

George Powell
As the youngest athlete to take the stage, Eric Koston also paid homage to those before him and humorously called his induction an “abduction”. He then went on to say, “Skateboarding has brought so much joy, happiness to my life. Thank you to skateboarding.” Eric Koston was born on April 29, 1975 in San Bernardino and began skating in 1986. A Thai American professional skater he was first sponsored in 1991 and turned pro in 1993. He has been featured in the "Tony Hawk" game series, and "EA" Skate 2 and Skate 3. Eric Koston co-owns Fourstar Clothing and also co-owns "The Berrics" with professional skater Steve Berra. He is well known for inventing the banana bunny grind and the fandangle and is one of the six "abductees" at the IASC Skateboarding Hall Of fame 2010.

IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
Stacy Peralta to Steve Van Doren: “I was the first skateboarder to be paid by a shoe company!
Steve, don’t you think it’s time that I get my own shoe.”
Steve Van Doren and Stacy Peralta both presented Steve Caballero with his award. Steve came prepared with a well thought out and moving acceptance speech where he started it by saying, “It’s an honor for me to be here and I wanted to make sure what I said tonight would have meaning and come from my heart. Today is a special day for skateboarding as a whole because it is now being recognized as a legitimate sport.” After thanking his family and mentors, Steve ended his speech by thanking God.

Bob Bunquist: "And now a few words for my fellow Brazilians"
While Steve Caballero was getting emotional, like all of us, Lance Mountain and a couple of others recalled that when they were skateboarding in the 80's they were feeling like the only skaters in the world. Stacy said that “aside from the three friends of mine that were skating in my neighborhood, I would not know of anybody I could not think of any other skateboarders on the planet!” The other inductees and MC’s were asking “Has anybody skated today?” or confirming whether the ceremony award was heavy or not. “You are right Stevie (Cab), this award is heavy” will be a catch phrase to remember.
Bob Burnquist: and now a few words for my fellow Brazilians...
Bob Burnquist, born in Brazil, is the first inductee to be from another country. He accepted his award modestly and commented on how everyone growing up was playing soccer, but he chose skateboarding and it was the best thing he ever did. He also gave tribute to Christian Hosoi for the reason he is here today and as a skateboarder, he is the happiest man alive.

Finally, John Bernards, executive director of IASC said: “It's important to recognize these incredible skateboarders for their passion, sacrifice, and all that that they have contributed to the progression of skateboarding and the community.” “The Skateboarding Hall of Fame event is just one of the ways IASC can honor the pros and pioneers and I was amazed at the whole hearted brotherly respect that everyone at the event had for each other."
"The sincere appreciation of the Hall of Fame was definitely felt by the 300 plus in attendance and we look forward to growing the event in the future."

The event grossed more than $40,000 for the non-profit organization, The Go Skateboarding Foundation that provides positive educational experiences, career-minded programming and scholarships for skateboarders, and donates to various skateboard-related charities. And, the event wouldn’t have been a success without the generous support of their sponsors: Tech Deck, Malakye, Magic Tradeshow, Wahoos, Vans, and Pyramid Brewing.

You will find below this blog the videos of all the speeches. Believe me, it’s worth watching them, especially for those who were not with us or for those who do not know jack about the history of skateboarding and think that skateboarding only started with Tony Hawk (no offense). Yes, the night was filled with intense emotion and I dare you dismiss our feelings with sarcasm: the hall was filled with iconic skateboarding heroes, living legends and people from the industry responsible for crafting skateboarding as we know it… It was one of those rare touching moments and we all behaved like in a big family reunion. I was stocked and even sometimes overwhelmed with joy!

Here are a couple of pictures of that night…
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
"When I was in Biarritz in 1964, I went to the end of the hall to use the toilet
and opened the door and there on the toilet sat Miki Dora!
“Hey!” I said, “Miki, what the fuck?” He says, “Hey, man, how are you?
Could you close the door and I’ll talk to you later…”
We spent three days together, but INTERPOL was looking for American
drug smugglers,who happened to be a certain Craig Stecyk!!! So we left".
Jim Fitzpatrick
IASC. IASC. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the I.A.S.C. formally celebrated the second year of inductions into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame tonight. This years entries were Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and Patti McGee. Also included we two industry awards to Craig Stecyk and Larry Stevenson. They have now joined the class of 2009 inductees: Bruce Logan, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk and Danny Way.
"Two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created
a massive cement playground of unlimited potential.
But it was the minds of 11 year olds that could see that potential."
C.R. Stecyk.
GandS and Powell-Peralta, who would have though they would have been
reunited one day?











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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, December 06, 2010 




2 Comments:
Blogger Cindy Whitehead said...

what a great post Xavier. So glad we finally met and shared in this awesome night. Love all the stories you told here ad the great photos! xo

December 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Cindy Whitehead said...

Great post Xavier. Being able to hang out w/you at this event made it even more special. Love what you wrote here and all the great photos! xo

December 10, 2010 at 8:56 AM  




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