Skateboarding colonize Jay Adams dies in Mexico

August 15, 2014 - skateboarding

Jay Adams, a skateboarding colonize and one of a strange members of a Zephyr movement team, died in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, early Friday morning. He was 53.

Adams’ manager, Susan Ferris, says a Skateboarding Hall of Famer died of a heart attack. A full news from a Puerto Escondido medical examiner’s bureau is pending.

Adams had been on an extended roller vacation in Mexico with his mother and friends, including Solo Scott and Allen Sarlo. He had been surfing opposite a indicate progressing Thursday and came in feeling sick, thereafter began carrying chest heedfulness around midnight, according to Scott.

“His mother called us over in a center of a night and we administered CPR until we could get an ambulance, and they kept operative on him a whole approach yet he never revived,” Scott told

“The critical thing is he went out peacefully in his sleep, during a best roller outing of his life. He’d been down here for 3 months surfing each day, and he was in good figure and unequivocally good spirits. I’ve never seen him so happy and calm and during peace.”

Adams was famous for bringing his assertive roller character to skateboarding, initial on a sidewalks of Venice, California, and eventually into a area’s dull backyard pools. He was a initial to atmosphere above a mouth in a pool on a skateboard and a initial to try handplants and other tricks that given have turn staples.

“I’ve had a good happening of spending decades in this sport, and he was a purest form of skateboarder that I’ve ever seen,” Stacy Peralta, another strange member of a Z-Boys group and executive of a documentary film “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” told “He was literally skateboarding incarnate, and a talent of it was he wasn’t a best during anything, he only was it. I’ve pronounced before that he was a strange pathogen that got so many people bending on skateboarding. Now a strange spore is gone, yet that pathogen lives on in so many others. Jay’s flitting reminds all of us and reaffirms that we’re connected. We’re all rolling down a path together.”


Glen E. Friedman

Skateboarding, song and subculture photographer Glen E. Friedman shares some of his favorite shots of pioneering skateboarder Jay Adams, who died Friday in Mexico.

Here, Adams does a “Bert” on an dike in 1976 in a schoolyard during Kenter Canyon Elementary in Brentwood, California. Friend and surfing partner, Solo Scott, who was with Adams when he upheld away, looks on in a background.

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