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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy 50 years Eddie Elguera

Happy 50 years Eddie Elguera
Eddie Elguera was born on born November 12, 1962 in Bellflower, California. He is is a 2-time world champion skateboarder and Senior Pastor of The Rock Church of Coachella Valley, in the Palm Springs area of Southern California and currently live in Palm Desert, California.
Eddie Elguera, who was given the nickname "El Gato" early on in his career, is a legend in skateboarding and one of the innovator of vert and pool skateboarding. Eddie was one of the first skateboarders who brought technical skating to a level where it was possible to see what skateboarding was eventually going to turn into.
In May 1979, Elguera received the title of U.S. Amateur Skateboard Association Champion. He then went on to the professional circuit and became Skateboarder of the Year, along with receiving the “Most Spectacular New Maneuver” award for inventing the "Elguerial", a skateboard maneuver named after him. Eddie Elguera is also the guy who Tony Hawk credits for inspiring him to become skateboarding’s biggest name so far. Eddie actually says about Tony Hawk that it was an “honor” to be praised by him - the man who has won nine Summer X Games gold medals.

In lots of interviews Tony Hawk says I was his biggest inspiration to launch him where he is today and it’s an honor every time I hear him speak,” he said.

Eddie Elguera Rock N' Roll. Whittier 1979
In 1980, Elguera went on to win the 1980 Gold Cup Series of skateboarding and became the World Champion for the 2nd year in a row. Some of the tricks, which have enabled him to play a major part in skateboarding history, include the Elguerial, the frontside rock-n-roll, the fakie Ollie and the frontside invert, which he perfected. Elguera also performed in the music video for the new wave band "Devo". However, Elguera soon developed a substance abuse problem that he struggled with for several years.
In 1983, Elguera became a born-again Christian. He joined an “on fire” church and sat under the teaching and discipleship of his “spiritual father” and pastor, Jim Cobrae. Within a three-year period of time Elguera married his wife Dawna, a girl from his church, and they began a family which now includes three boys. During this time Elguera decided to return to skateboarding.

Since then, Elguera has been skating and telling people the good news about the Lord Jesus Christ, all over the world. “The Lord has blessed me one hundred fold, with a comeback after seven years of having left skating. From success to nothing, and back to success with Jesus, only God could do such a thing”. Elguera has been on Nickelodeon, E.S.P.N., The 700 Club, T.B.N.’s Fire By Night, 100 Huntley Street a Christian program in Canada and on television programming in various countries around the world. Along with various magazine interviews such as Christianity Today, Breakaway, a Focus on the Family publication, Elguera has skated as part of the Franklin Graham and John Guest Crusades across the U.S and Youth Alive in Australia.

Eddie Elguera FS Invert Del Mar 1979
Over the years Elguera has used skateboarding as a relatively new approach to ministry and a way to motivate kids and get them excited about Jesus. “Through the gift that God has given me, I have the honor of seeing thousands of kids come to Christ, as well as many of the parents!

Skateboarding has opened the door for Elguera to minister to tens of thousands of people worldwide. God has blessed him with the ability to cross denominational and organizational lines and minister to many churches of various denominations and organizations.

I’m 50 years old and I’ve been skating for 42 years,” he said. “When I came out and bowl riding started to come in I invented a lot of tricks of today. I did one called the ‘El Guerio’ which was the first 360-degree hand-plant, one called the front-side rock ‘n roll, the fakie Ollie ... and just some different tricks back then, so I kind of became an innovator of the day.

Happy 50 years Eddie Elguera


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