Craig Stecyk, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob Biniak, Paul Constantineau, Zshogo Kubo,
Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Nathan Pratt, Wentzle Ruml, Allen Sarlo and Chris Cahil
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
message from Stacy Peralta
message from Tony Alva
speaking? Dogtown & Z-Boys is a mega-paced unique, intriguing,
and absolutely faci-a-friggi-nating film!
Now before you go thinkin' Emily's lost her mind it's a surfer film for crimney
Trust me, this is one fantastic, enthralling, film.
get a bit of Santa Monica California's history as you meet a group of wild hellcat
youngin's who will grow to change the way people think about their plain old grandma-thought-it-was-a-cool-gift
"kids" in this documentary film actually turned the clean-cut Polly
Purebred hobby into an edgy extreme sport, nay, an art form with physical demands
that make football players like woosies!
this said Director Stacy Peralta and crew take us into a kind of "History
Of Extreme Skateboarding 101."
and Z-Boys is not some rapping hip-hop crew widda gold teeth and low baggy
pantaloons, they're an infamous group of young kids from shady hood-like Dogtown
(yes, also an unrelated film starring Jon Favreau) that
were dubbed the Z-Boys. They were young ruffian wave surfers back in the 1970's
that, thanks to boredom when the waves were done for the day, ended up energizing
and revolutionizing the skateboard sport.
the surf was done these kinetic kids needed something else to expel their youthful
energies. They, logically, discovered skateboards. Immediately they experimented
with the apparatus, twisting thoughts and motions from the surfboard onto land
atop a skateboard; after all that's what they knew.
surfboard cues from their collective idol wave surfer, Larry Bertleman, the team
of twelve became responsible for implementing new self-designed styles and ways
never before imagined in the upper-crust -stand-up- straight world of the skateboard.
avante gard styles really started to cement when the team began to turn emptied
house pools into their own concrete stages. Like serendipity, a terrible draught
in California forced locals to leave their pools emptied and unused. The Z-Boys
seized the moment. The pool's smooth, almost fluid surfaces, paved way for daredevil
stunts and new ways of thinking about the skateboard.
this was the beginning of the extreme sport we now see all the time. There were
no parks with strategically placed ergo dynamic crests. These kids used what they
had at their disposal
pools basically replaced Pacific wave swells. The walls were high "crested"
and gave one
team skater, Tony Alva, a notion to actually flip out of the pool, inventing the
high-flying "vert." That's that wild style where the boarder and board
actually fly up from a rim, a ledge etc. go airborne with the board, flip it,
shift it (basically defying gravity), then smoothly rejoin the board with the
wall from which he came in one eased, graceful, motion. Whew!
took their street-smart ways and pool surfing experiments and channeled them into
a never before seen low-slung style with personalized riffing that would turn
the sport in an entirely different direction.
individual styles these kids had were amazing and the skateboard world took notice
after the team whacked them upside the head at a skateboard championship
known as the "Del Mar Nationals."
judges didn't know what to make of the motley crew with their vivacious attitudes
and wild stunts. The team didn't rank too well at the showdown, but that didn't
stop the skateboard manufacturers from taking notice and offering a few of the
crew lucrative endorsement deals
their world started to change.
team went from smalltime talented ruffians to (mostly) well paid endorsers and
worshipped idols of the, once again, burgeoning skate phenomenon. Kids everywhere
started to fly around on their boards and be willing, driven to try the seemingly
impossible . Viva le Revolution.
film makers, Stacy Peralta and Craig Stecyk (two ex-Z-Boys themselves ) mix in
interviews with the team, now in there late thirties, respectively, with vintage
Z-Boy footage taken as they were recreating their sport with awesome photo stills
by renowned photographer of the sport, Craig Stecyk. We intimately meet eleven
of the twelve Z-Boys (which includes one chickbabe), Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob
Biniak, Paul Constantineau, Zshogo Kubo, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Nathan Pratt,
Wentzle Ruml, Allen Sarlo and Chris Cahill as well as Jeff Ho and Skip Engblom
who co-owned Jeff Ho's Surf Shop that originally sponsered and named the Z-Boys
as they reminisce about their pasts.
Penn narrates as the interviews, stills and historical footage congeal with the
incredible soundtrack to create one helluva a riveting film. Hey, I knew nadda
about skateboards when I walked in to the theater, I walked out using phrases
like "stoked" and " "getting' the Bert." What the h-e-
double hockey sticks did I just say you're thinking? See the film!
Peralta and Tony Alva are interviewed HERE
recommendation: Energy bars and Kool-aid©