|Jay Adams North Shore Interview|
Jay Adams (born February 3, 1961) is most prominently known as one of the original members of Z-Boys skateboarding team. He is considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.
Jay Adams was inducted to the International Asociation of Skateboard Companies (IASC) in March 2012. He was at the party to receive his award but quickly left and Tony Alva received the award for him. Jay usually does not like to give interviews and thus those interviews are rare.
Jay Adams was born in Venice, California. As a teenager in 1975, he was a member of the original Zephyr skateboard team and of the Zephyr surf team along with Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta.
According to Bones Brigade founder Stacy Peralta, 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." Craig Stecyk dubbed Adams "the original seed."
Adams is featured prominently in the 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, who was praised by critics for his portrayal of the original Z-Boy.
Adams has been in and out of prisons as he struggled with drug addiction. He was charged with murder, and convicted of assault, following a gay bashing that he instigated in Los Angeles. He served two-and-a-half years of a four year sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, after being caught on a wiretap acting as a go-between for a buyer and seller of crystal methamphetamine. He was released to a halfway house on July 8, 2008 for the remainder of his sentence.