The 30 Most Influential Skaters Of All Time

8. ALVA.

2011. Photo: SKIN

On the influence he’s had on skateboarding:

Probably speed and style more than anything—how to go fast and make it look good. Being a Z-Boy and having that low-slung surf influence, but also being able to transfer that energy from the beach to concrete. Being able to do aerials. Nobody was able to do aerials before we got into the backyards. Then you see skateparks with bowls. That’s all incorporated in street skating too now. If it wasn’t for us taking it to the air, do you think that skaters would be ollieing? The first ollie was done on vert by Alan Gelfand, and he showed it by popping his tail out and doing an aerial with no hands.