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(Southern CA Public Radio)   Original Dogtown Z-Boy skateboarder Jay Adams dead at 53: "You didn't quit skateboarding because you got old, you got old because you quit skateboarding"   (scpr.org) divider line 20
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2014-08-15 07:45:08 PM  
"Here's something about Jay Adams: Jay was not the greatest pool skater, nor was he the greatest bank skater, or the greatest slalom skater or the greatest freestyler. The fact is, Jay Adams' contribution to skateboarding defies description or category. Jay Adams 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. 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

/I preferred the "Skater Die" headline from earlier. Subby got robbed.
 
2014-08-15 08:03:22 PM  
Adams served time in jail in the 2000s for being part of a crystal meth operation, according to the Times. It wasn't his first run-in with the law - he'd gotten in a fight after taunting a gay couple in 1982 and the crowd stomped one of the men to death, leading to a felony assault conviction

Sounds like a great guy.
 
2014-08-15 08:08:15 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Adams served time in jail in the 2000s for being part of a crystal meth operation, according to the Times. It wasn't his first run-in with the law - he'd gotten in a fight after taunting a gay couple in 1982 and the crowd stomped one of the men to death, leading to a felony assault conviction

Sounds like a great guy.


Outside of a Suicidal Tendencies show. All he wanted was a Pepsi.
 
2014-08-15 11:39:53 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Adams served time in jail in the 2000s for being part of a crystal meth operation, according to the Times. It wasn't his first run-in with the law - he'd gotten in a fight after taunting a gay couple in 1982 and the crowd stomped one of the men to death, leading to a felony assault conviction

Sounds like a great guy.


Came to say this.
Although it seems he got clean and married a woman he needed to behave for and was trying to make amends the last few years...
 
2014-08-15 11:42:35 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Adams served time in jail in the 2000s for being part of a crystal meth operation, according to the Times. It wasn't his first run-in with the law - he'd gotten in a fight after taunting a gay couple in 1982 and the crowd stomped one of the men to death, leading to a felony assault conviction

Sounds like a great guy.


You just don't get what this guy contribited to skateboarding, there are no words. Or what skateboarding contributes to society. I'd explain it, but you wouldn't understand.
 
2014-08-15 11:50:42 PM  

the biggest redneck here: AverageAmericanGuy: Adams served time in jail in the 2000s for being part of a crystal meth operation, according to the Times. It wasn't his first run-in with the law - he'd gotten in a fight after taunting a gay couple in 1982 and the crowd stomped one of the men to death, leading to a felony assault conviction

Sounds like a great guy.

You just don't get what this guy contribited to skateboarding, there are no words. Or what skateboarding contributes to society. I'd explain it, but you wouldn't understand.


You just don't get what this guy did gay bashing, there are no words. Or what gay bashing takes from society. I'd explain it, but you wouldn't understand.
 
2014-08-16 12:01:13 AM  
Jay Adams had his issues, no doubt about it. He was an alcohol and drug addict that couldn't shake the moneys on his back, but every mother farker from back in the day will all say the same thing: He was the best. Even freaking Alva will say that, and he had the biggest ego of anyone out there.

It's sad to see him go, but he carved out his place in the world some 40 years ago, and everything after that was a distraction to his legacy. And, man were there some distractions. He almost went pro, but didn't want to sell out, he was in it for skating, not all the other stuff that comes with it. I know he did one endorsement to help his mom with some bills, but after that, it was all parties, all the time.

The Documentary Dogtown And The Z-Boys is very good, very entertaining and delves into all the Z-Boys and Z-Girl.
 
2014-08-16 12:06:36 AM  
Hard partying, hard living, hard on the body.
 
2014-08-16 01:09:16 AM  
Have you seen him?
 
2014-08-16 01:14:48 AM  
I remember learning to skate a bowl because of him. I think I'm gonna whip out my Big Banana and go around the neighborhood a bit.
 
2014-08-16 01:34:46 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Adams served time in jail in the 2000s for being part of a crystal meth operation, according to the Times. It wasn't his first run-in with the law - he'd gotten in a fight after taunting a gay couple in 1982 and the crowd stomped one of the men to death, leading to a felony assault conviction

Sounds like a great guy.


THE ARCHETYPE, DAMN IT! THE ARCHETYPE!

*snert*
 
2014-08-16 02:08:29 AM  
Good riddens douche.
 
2014-08-16 06:24:58 AM  
He was no Tony Hawk.
 
2014-08-16 06:25:54 AM  
Dude was a walking example of when keeping it real goes wrong.

nothing sadder than wasted talent.
 
2014-08-16 08:27:03 AM  

H31N0US: He was no Tony Hawk.


No, but he did help to make Tony Hawk possible, so there's that.
 
2014-08-16 10:53:58 AM  
So he helped stomp someone to death, but he was still a great guy, because of his contributions to skateboarding?

Sounds more like Ty Cobb.  May have been great in his day, but he sounds like a piece of shiat as a human being.
 
2014-08-16 10:54:09 AM  
Who?
 
2014-08-16 11:01:31 AM  
I was gonna go with 'You don't quit skateboarding because you got old, you quit skateboarding because if you're over 18 you look like a complete douche riding one'
 
2014-08-16 11:03:08 AM  
I lived in Pacific Palisades during the late 70's.  Tony Alva went to Paul Revere Jr. High with me, and I remember the first time he brought urethane wheels to the playground there...those things were amazing.

I wasn't close friends with any of the Z-Boys, however I did go with Alva to some of the pool raids they did back then, and watched them skate (as well as tried to skate as well, not very well)

Good times.
 
2014-08-16 12:18:36 PM  

Notabunny: I remember learning to skate a bowl because of him. I think I'm gonna whip out my Big Banana and go around the neighborhood a bit.


Better keep it in your pants unless you wanna end up on a list.
 
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