Chase Gabor’s shot of Ronnie Creager about to merck the Berrics.
Matt Miller’s shot of the place where he stayed to see Danny Way’s “Waiting for Lightning” premiere.
This past Saturday on the sands of Venice Beach, friends and family said farewell to the father of skateboarding, Larry Stevenson. Larry Stevenson was a lifeguard who forged the link between surfing and skateboarding, by promoting surfing films, putting on surfing trade shows and vastly improving upon skateboard designs in the 1960s.
His brand Makaha was responsible for numerous business ideas and innovations still implemented in skateboarding today. In 1963 Larry Stevenson sponsored the first skate team with the first TM. He put on the first skate contest and he put out the first pro model skateboard, named after surfer Phil Edwards. He put on the first skateboarding trade show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. In 1969 he invented the kicktail and double kicktail as well.
Prior to all that he published Surf Guide Magazine which to this day is known as one of the best surfing publications ever. In the early 60’s in Surf Guide he published the first photos of kids skating on school grounds in southern California.
In 1987 Larry started Poweredge Magazine, which was known as “the alternative” to other skate magazines in circulation. During the magazine’s initial run which lasted four years, it can be credited with introducing the world to skateboarding legends like Tony Hawk, Mark Gonzalez, Mike Vallely, Jason Lee, Rob Dyrdek andDanny Way. Poweredge was restarted by his son, Curt in 2009.
In 2010 Larry Stevenson was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame along with Patti McGee, Steve Caballero, Stacey Peralta, CR Stecyk III and Bob Burnquist.
Larry Stevenson will be missed, but never forgotten. Thank you for all that you’ve done for skateboarding.
360 Flip_UMASS Amherst….Photo By: @jeremyadams85 #MSA (Taken with Instagram at MannySlaysAll.com)