Skateboarding Hall of Fame Inducts First Class!
Last night the first class of the Skateboarding Hall Of Fame was inducted in a ceremony held at Vans Skatepark in Orange, California. The first group of inductees was voted on by a large field of skateboarding media, industry leaders, and IASC members, and consisted of skaters from the first four decades of skateboarding history. A short video and photo montage was shown before each skater was brought up on stage. The inductees were: from the 1960's, Bruce Logan; from the 70's, Tony Alva; the 80's, Tony Hawk, and from the 1990's, Danny Way.
The event was pure skateboarding style, not too fancy, and was held in the middle of the street course in the park, with a Combi-bowl session prior, random skating throughout the evening, and lots of cool items to bid on in the silent auction, with all proceeds going to IASC and the Hall of Fame, which has now been given a permanent location at Todd Huber's Skateboarding Museum at Skate Lab in Simi Valley, California.
The speeches were just the right length of time. Bruce Logan's brother--Bob or Brian?--told some stories about the early days of Logan Earth Ski before Bruce made a short and sweet thank you speech that included remembrances of many of the skaters from the early days of Skateboarder Magazine: Bob Mohr, Danny Bearer, Torger Johnson, Baby Paul Cullen, and more.
Tony Alva was obviously very honored by the induction -- he told some stories, explained a lot of his early wilder days as "what happens when you mix ego and alcohol," and was very humble, which was great to see. Tony was my first favorite skateboarder and I enjoyed hearing his thoughts. He was very respectful of a number of his early mentors, and gave Steve Van Doren a huge amount of respect as a lifelong friend, confident, and believer.
Steve Hawk was there accepting for his brother Tony, who, perfectly enough, is on tour with the Birdhouse team in New England right now. Tony made a short speech on video, which was nice, and Steve told a couple good stories which we might not've gotten out of Tony.
Finally, Danny Way was representing the 1990s, which was perfect -- this year marks his 20th year as professional skateboarder, and like Tony Hawk, he's showing no signs of stopping. Jim Fitzpatrick, who was one of our hosts for the evening, told a story about a prophetic Todd Hastings walking into a boring meeting at Powell in 1988 and proclaiming that he'd seen the future of skateboarding, indeed the next Tony Hawk, and his name was Danny Way. Twenty years later and Todd was right -- Danny, more than anyone else, has made the same kind of mark and lasting impression on skateboarding that Tony has.
The whole evening was very enjoyable. It felt like a skateboarding event should, and although there were only about 225 people there, it was a good group and didn't feel forced. Jim Fitzpatrick, Don Bostick and Don Brown, with help from IASC President John Bernards, held the evening together nicely.
Congratulations to Bruce, Tony, Tony, and Danny -- the honor was well-deserved and well-received and it couldn't have been a better first class for the Skateboarding Hall Of Fame.