He was the Californian pioneer of the skateboard: Jay Adams, the man who, in the sixties, revolutionized this sporting discipline by introducing acrobatics and breathtaking manoeuvres, and surpassing the older personalities of the previous decade, getting much closer to the movements of surfing. His passion led him to found the skateboarding team Z-Boys, a group of young Californians who inaugurated the era of half-pipe acrobatics.
Jay Adams and his friends Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva transformed skateboarding into a world famous sporting discipline, capable of drawing the interest of the mass media and creating million dollar advertising contracts. But he did not compromise and, above all, did not want to sacrifice his passion, which also consisted of scars and falls, to put it at the service of the sponsors.
He was known by those in the sport as The Original Seed. Jay Adams had always been the most promising and the most extreme; his love of skateboarding developed on the streets of Los Angeles.
He was an out and outer, with his shaved head, the tattoos on his face, arms and body, weighed down by a past troubled by violence, drugs and years in prison. The images of the later years give a true picture of his pure soul, that of the bad boy of skateboarding, inside and out, unique and rebellious.