Last Friday, May 12, skateboarding royalty far and wide descended on the City National Grove in Anaheim for the 8th Annual Induction Ceremony and Icon Awards for the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. This year’s new batch of members joining the pastime’s most exclusive club came in the form of Bob Mohr, Gregg Weaver, Russ Howell, Shogo Kubo, Kim Cespedes, Vicki Vickers, Mike McGill, Eric Dressen, and Daewon Song. The Icon Award recipients meanwhile came in the form of Sonia Catalano for her four decades of dedication to C.A.S.L, Jim Phillips for his lifetime of artwork through Santa Cruz and NHS, and Thrasher Magazine for nearly four decades of Skate and Destroy.
While it took me some two-and-a-half hours to make the drive from West LA to Angels Stadium in Anaheim (on a game night, and on a Friday you generally know to expect the worst), I was able to shoot a few photos and witness an event that over the past eight years has continued to evolve, celebrate and bring together generations of skateboarders from across the globe to recognize and solidify our shared history and highlight the key roots and branches that made and continue to make skateboarding the best thing on the planet.
The end of Daewon’s speech. “Skateboarding… I’ll never stop doing it.” Straight from the heart.
A huge congrats to all the inductees and massive thanks to Vans, ISHOF, IASC, GSF, the HOF Executive Committee—Todd Huber at Skate Lab, Lance Mountain, Jim Muir, Laura Thornhill-Caswell, Steve Olson, David Hackett, and Thomas Barker for all of their hard work and hope to see you there next year. Who should they nominate next? Leave a comment and let us know.
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