Tony Alva


Santa Monica native, 60-year-old Tony Alva, is an original Z-Boy and considered by many to be the godfather of modern day skateboarding. Alva’s brand of aggression and bravado in the ‘70s changed the way skaters were viewed forever. Tony is also credited with starting the first ever skater owned/operated board brand, first to use layered maple plywood for decks & the guy who suggested adding collar padding and a heel cup to the Vans Authentic to create the Vans Era, the first shoe designed by skaters for skateboarding. 

Interview

WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?

In the last couple of years it was a trip to Santiago, Chile. The country is still so untapped when it comes to skating, surfing and music, and the people there are so hungry for it so the kids are just amped when you’re there. The people are super friendly and the countryside is amazing. It’s just a really rad place.

FAVORITE VANS RIDER?

AVE. He’s so versatile and for how young he is, he’s really mature. He has a unique style and he’s a really good person overall. 

WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?

No handed 360 aerial, but will be landing it soon.

WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SKATING?

Surfing, Music, Art and Fashion. 

LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?

John Lennon's biography by Philip Norman. It’s 800 pages and it’s good.