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Jay Adams skating in an empty pool.

Jay Adams (born February 3, 1961) is one of the original Z-Boys and is considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.



He was born in Venice, California. As a teenager in the mid-1970s, he was a member of the original Zephyr skateboard team and of the Zephyr surf team along with Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta.

According Bones Brigade founder Stacy Peralta, Adams "is probably not the greatest skater of all time, but I can say without fear of being wrong that he is clearly the archetype of modern-day skateboarding.[1] Craig Stecyk dubbed Adams "the original 'seed'."[2]

In Popular Culture

Adams is featured prominently in the award winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys and in the dramatized film account of the Z-Boys origins, Lords of Dogtown in which he made a cameo as a party guest.

Legal problems

Adams has been in and out of prisons as he struggled with drug addiction.[3]

He served two and a half years of a four year sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, after being caught on a wiretap acting as a go-between for a buyer and seller of crystal methamphetamine. He was released to a halfway house on July 8, 2008 for the remainder of his sentence.[3]

Personal life

He was married to Alisha Adams, with whom he has a daughter, Venice. He also has a son, 7, from Samantha Baglioni. [3]

Further reading

  • DOGTOWN-The Legend of the Z-Boys, C.R. Stecyk III & Glen E. Friedman, Burning Flags Press, 2000, ISBN 0-9641916-4-4
  • JAY-BOY - Classic photographs by Jay Adams stepfather, Kent Sherwood, Concrete Wave Editions, 2006, ISBN 0973528664 *[1]
  • Scarred for Life - Eleven Stories About Skateboarders by Keith Hamm, Chronicle Books, 2004, ISBN 0811840530


  1. ^ Thrasher magazine
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  3. ^ a b c Edelstein, David, "A Lord of Dogtown Reemerges" New York Times. July 30, 2008, accessed November 11, 2008.


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