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Jay Adams
updated 10/20/2008
Photo by C.R. Stecyk III

"Jay Adams' contribution to skateboarding defies description or category. Jay 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. Archetype defined means an original pattern or model, a prototype. Prototype defined means the first thing or being of its kind. He's the real thing, an original seed, the original virus that infected all of us.

He was beyond comparison. To this day I haven't witnessed any skater more vital, more dynamic, more fun to watch, more unpredictable, and more spontaneous in his approach than Jay. There are not enough superlatives to describe him. . .Watching him skate was something new every second; he was "skate and destroy" personified.


I believe this photo of Jay is the most stunning and strikingly clear representation, of any photo ever taken, of modern skateboarding. It contains all the elements that make up what modern-day skateboarding has become: awesome aggression and style, power and fury, wild abandon, destruction of all fear, untamed individualism, and a free-spirited determination to tear, shred and rip relentlessly.

Jay Adams may not have been the world's best skater, but he was the man, the real deal, the original, the first. He is the archetype of our shared heritage." - Stacy Peralta

The above reprinted from THRASHER MAGAZINE. Click here for the entire article

* * * JAY'S INTERVIEW WITH Z-BOYS.COM - 2001 * * *


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All photos on "Photo Page 1" were provided by Glen E. Friedman
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Jay's interview with the L.A. Weekly

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