The Tony Alva Story: A Tribute to the Godfather of Skateboarding and His Impact on the Sport

Meeting Tony Alva, a skateboarding legend, was a true privilege that I would never forget. During his visit to Hong Kong a few years ago, I had the honor of spending time with him, skating together and discussing life. It was an incredible experience to be in the presence of someone who has made such a significant impact on the skateboarding world and inspired generations of skateboarders worldwide. I highly recommend Vans’ documentary “The Tony Alva Story” as a tribute to this icon, which showcases how pioneers like Tony have paved the way for the skateboarding culture we know and love today.

The Tony Alva Story | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | Skate | VANS

Tony Alva, the oldest professional skateboarder in the world at 63, is considered the godfather of modern-day skateboarding. He played a key role in the evolution of skateboarding from a wholesome, contest-based sport to the freewheeling art form that it is today. Vans’ The Tony Alva Story follows T.A.’s journey from his humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his drug-induced implosion, and his ultimate rise from the ashes to inspire generations of skateboarders worldwide. The documentary is written and directed by Rick Charnoski and Coan “Buddy” Nichols of Six Stair Productions.

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