Today, the skate community mourns a beloved pioneer of the sport. Born in 1961, legendary skateboarder Jay Adams passed away late Thursday evening, August 14th, 2014 due to a heart attack at the age of 53. Adams was an original member of the Z-Boys skate team, born and raised in Venice Beach, Southern California. His influential style paved the road for decades of skate history to the present.
Adams’ story is told in the 2001 award-winning documentary titled Dogtown and Z-Boys, and then again in 2005 in the film Lords of Dogtown written by Stacy Peralta.
Adams was both a surfer and skater, spending most of his youth working at a local surf shop and exploring his own style of skating, influenced by professional surfer Larry Bertlemann. Though in his later years of life the icon battled various drug addictions, by 2005 Adams was no longer involved in any kind of drug use, was speaking to young school kids about the effects of poor choices, and served as an active member in his local church.
Listen to Jay Adams and Dennis Martinez reminisce on the past and talk about their most recent projects:
In this video, Jay describes his life growing up in Dogtown:
The Surf Channel sends our condolences to the Adams family as they mourn the loss of a husband, father and one of skateboarding’s most influential athletes of all time.