Words by Mackenzie Eisenhour

Since the dawn of urethane, key tricks have opened the doors to progression and helped evolve skateboarding from something surfers did on a flat day to the most influential pastime on the planet. The following are 10 of the most important building blocks. From our 30 Year Anniversary issue.

1. The Frontside Air

With an assist from George Orton, Tony Alva is credited with launching the first vertical aerial ever at the Dogbowl in Santa Monica in ’77. The frontside air changed everything, opening up endless new possibilities above the coping and beyond.

There are some epic T.A. frontside air photos in this section from Dogtown And Z-Boys