Skateboarding Heritage Hall of Fame

Skateboarding Heritage Foundation

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During the early 1960s, skateboarding took America by storm. Fifty years later, in 2013, the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation and its Hall of Fame were founded. The Skateboarding Heritage Hall of Fame celebrates pioneers and innovators from across the world of skateboarding. In its inaugural year, the Hall honors three remarkable individuals who profoundly influenced on skateboarding during its formative years. This annual celebration will continue to expand and broaden its scope of inductees in subsequent years.

2013 Inductees
California skaters Patti McGee and Russell “Russ” Howell. became the first public faces of skateboarding, and their influence spread across the globe. As skate ambassadors and skating’s first true professionals, they traveled widely, and their public and media appearances helped contribute to skating’s growth as a popular sport. Of course, the growth of skating would not have been possible without the work of equipment pioneers like Hobart “Hobie” Alter, the founder and industry trailblazer behind the Hobie brand. During the 1960s, Hobie became world famous for his surfboards, skateboards, and his line of Hobie Cat catamaran sailboats. Alter’s influence on skateboarding, especially during the 1960s and 1970s, is immeasurable.

Our Next Inductees…
To be inducted in 2018 at Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida.

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CREDITS & THANKS: Skate writer and historian Craig Snyder assisted with the text for the Skateboarding Heritage Hall of Fame. All text: copyright © Craig Snyder. Photos on this page: Russ Howell, courtesy of Russ Howell; Patti McGee, courtesy of Patti McGee; Hobie Alter, courtesy of the Hobie Archive. Main page: trophy photo: copyright © Phil Chiocchio.