Author(s): Ben Marcus
The story of the simple skateboard is part thriller, part underground, underdog success tale. It's chock full of innovations, far out graphic artistry, and ever more incredible hot dogging feats. And the story's told with contributions from the stars themselves-Tony Hawk, Stacey Peralta, Jeff Ho, the Dogtown Z Boys, and more. Beautifully illustrated with historical posters, ads, and memorabilia along with new action photography, studio skateboard shots, and unique portraits of the stars, this is a fitting tribute to an American classic.
THE BEACHSIDE RESIDENT"Marcus states in the introduction that "cred is important in skateboarding," and he immediately establishes his. He's lived a good bit of skateboarding history, growing up and skating in Santa Cruz in the '70s, and he's there to trace the history that took off in the 1960s. It's a history that includes the advent of Vans (the first men's pair sold for $5.99) to the Ollie, and all the way to the X Gamers of today. But it's the pictures that make this book.
Ben Marcus is a surfer and skateboarder for life. He was Surfer magazine associate editor and still writes for Surfer, The Surfer's Journal, and others. He's the author of our The Surfboard, Surfing USA!, Surfing & the Meaning of Life, and The Surfer's Handbook. He lives in Malibu, of course. Lucia Griggi photographed skateboarders from Tony Hawk to Stacey Peralta and more for this book. She works between Los Angeles and London.