"When the boys are together, you could never find a more aggressive, arrogant, rowdy, perhaps ignorant bunch of people than me and my friends. Thatís just the way we are; thatís the way we skateboard." TONY ALVA(1977)
Simply stated TONY ALVA was arguably the most important skateboarder in the world when skateboarding was still a subculture to the days when it first became an international phenomenon. He was the main personality who brought it there. His influence and contributions to the sport/art over the last 30 years or so are undeniable.
To find out why..check the ALVA/Z-BOYS library archives below for articles, interviews and photos from 1974 to the present.
Amazing rare vintage footage of Tony Alva on ABC'c Wide World of Sports as it appeared on national television in 1977 . . .
(quicktime). 6 pieces. largest is 20 megs. (From the archives of Glen E. Friedman)
Click above for ALVA'S 1978 "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE ARTICLE
(from the archives of GLEN E. FRIEDMAN)