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[Video] Tony Alva Catching Air at the Art Basel Skateboard Park

December 12, 2007 By Gus in Miami: Local News  | 8 Comments

Last week during Art Basel, legendary skateboarder, Tony Alva, was in Miami to participate in the “Concrete Waves” art project at the Art Positions container courtyard in Collins Park.

The Festival built an homage to skate culture that included a 70-foot elongated skateboard mini ramp designed specifically for Tony’s demo. Unlike most ramps, the center section had two small bumps which helped to highlight Tony’s surf/skate-style.

Learn Why Tony Alva Is A Skateboarding Legend

Tony Alva was born in 1957 and is a founding member of the Dogtown and the Z-Boys crew from Santa Monica, California.

In the video, you won’t see Tony landing any crazy tricks, he just works the ramp with style, executing frontside and backside kickturns, and busting a few of his signature airs (ariels) that made him famous like this…


You see, Tony Alva is widely credited as being the first person to ever do a frontside ariel in a pool.

I’m happy the video shows Tony still catching air today.

The music we chose to accompany the video is “Otherside” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. I like the song; the lyrics speak to how many hours, days, and years Tony has skated.

“How long, how long will I slide
Separate my side
I don’t, I don’t believe it’s bad”

Skateboarding is not a crime.

Why is Miami Beach the only (cool) city in the United States without a skateboard park?

Would anyone like to join me in a petition to build a skateboard park in South Beach?

Post a comment.

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Gus Moore heads up Miami Beach 411 as site administrator. You can reach him at 1-305-754-2206.

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8 Comments on

"[Video] Tony Alva Catching Air at the Art Basel Skateboard Park"

skateboard says:

Wow great tricks, never done it before but will surely try it. Hope to skate with Tony Alva and see more tricks from the pro skateboarder himself.

Posted on 05/12/2008 at 9:24 PM

Zack Mccurdy says:

If you build it,they will come.

I say build the park dude.

Posted on 05/20/2008 at 11:53 AM

Gus says:

Thanks for the words of encouragement, Zack. I’m down for helping build a skatepark, but I don’t know where to begin.

Posted on 05/20/2008 at 12:12 PM

HAROLD says:

YES. we should build a skate park in miami, That way we put miami back in the skateboarding map!

Posted on 01/24/2009 at 11:37 PM

insurance says:

Yes there is a need of it, but we should take a start…
Thanks for the mention. The article itself shows that you put a great deal of care into your work.

Posted on 07/29/2009 at 2:40 AM

James Backer says:

whats the status on this? would be sick to have a park here! is there a way i can help make it happen?

Posted on 01/27/2010 at 11:41 PM

Skateboarder says:

Sick.  Tony Alva is legendary.  I’m not from Miami, but I’d come visit if you guys built a sweet skate park.

Posted on 05/12/2010 at 7:12 PM

braedyn says:

wow dude that is a awesome idea but tony alva is skating a demo in the cool springs galiria today in nashville

Posted on 06/05/2010 at 11:52 AM

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