Steve Alba Honored With TWS Legend Award
This Wednesday, May 18 in Hollywood, California, TransWorld SKATEboarding is proud to announce Steve Alba as the recipient of this year’s Legend Award, an award that sets out to officially recognize, acknowledge, and honor those who have forever shifted the legacy of what it means to be a skateboarder.
Alba, the pioneer of backyard pool skating, won the world’s first-ever pool contest—held at Spring Valley during the historic Hester Series—in 1978 and hasn’t stepped off his board since. Having reportedly skated more backyard pools than anyone else alive, Alba has consistently placed in the top five at just about every contest he’s entered over the past 35 years he’s spent as a pro skateboarder, earning the nickname “Le Machine” as a result.
In the late ’70s, alongside Steve Olson, Alba joined the Santa Cruz team and steered skateboarding away from the clean-cut, all-American sport it was turning into, instilling it with a raw counterculture, punk rock ethos instead—something that’s carried over to the spirit of skateboarding even today.
Never turning his back on skating, Alba still obsessively searches out new, untouched pools, and has left his indelible mark and influence on anyone who’s ever picked up a skateboard, whether they know it or not.
The 13th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards Show is an invite-only event, but make sure to check out who won as well as all the detailed stories, photos, and video footage at skateboarding.com. The 13th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards presented by New Era is proud to be supported by additional sponsors, including Red Bull, Skullcandy, and KRÜ 82 Vodka.