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Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Happy Birthday Jay Adams

Happy Birthday Jay Adams
When God decided to make skateboarding, he said: "Let there be Jay Adams." Stacy Peralta
Bummer! I just realized that I don’t talk enough about Jay Adams in this blog. He’s my hero. And I’m not the only one, they are thousands of us. I remember opening the pages of SkateBoarder and looking for pictures of Jay. Actually, I was looking for Jay, Tony and Stacy’s pictures. How strange it is that those three were together at one time. Strange because they have such different personalities and have lived such different lives from the get go.


Original backyard pool seed: JayBoy
From the early Glen E. Friedman pictures of Jay at the Teardrop pool one could only witness that Jay always pushed the boundaries and shattered the restrictions all around him. In Skateboarding collective conscience he is remembered for hopping fences. Stacy Peralta once wrote about Jay and called him the ‘archetype of modern-day skateboarding’, whatever that means. In the meantime, Craig Stecyk dubbed Jay Adams "the original seed.”

In the ‘Fuck You Heroes’ book, by Friedman, you can see Jay at ‘Adolphs’ pool trying handplants. That must have been around 1976 or 1977. Yep, Jay’s personal life has been chaotic all the time. Behind the rebel attitude is a discreet guy who don’t care about contests, don’t care about the skateboarding industry, don’t care about being number one and don’t care about you, me and whether the rest of the world is collapsing today. Give the jay-boy a surfboard and a skateboard and he will have a plentiful life.

Tony Alva: Jay's brother... 
At the last Skateboarding Hall of Fame, Jay was supposed to receive an awesomeness award. Although he was there all night, selling his boards in the hallway, he just disappeared at the very crowning moment. It took Tony Alva to go to the stage, to receive the honors and to make the point that Jay will always be his brother. Unfortunately, Jay had to struggle with inner dragons all his life. And sometimes, the dragon won…

Jay Adams was born in Venice, California on February1 3, 1961 and 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. When he became a member of the original Zephyr skateboard team and of the Zephyr surf team along with Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta, the fate of skateboarding was sealed forever.

Ultimately, after more than 30 years skateboarding, Adams was prominently featured 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.
Jay 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.
He was married to Alisha Adams, with whom he has a daughter, Venice. He also has a son Seven, from Samantha Baglioni. He was recently remarried in Honolulu to Tracy Adams.
Long live Jay Boy.

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