Dogtown and Z-Boys
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Skateboarding has crossed over into the mainstream population due in large part to the humble beginnings of a group of eight teenagers in an area of Santa Monica called Dogtown.
It was there that this mismatched gang of kids from broken homes formed a group known as the Zephyr Team aka Z-Boys.
They rode surfboards in the morning and skateboards in the afternoon, creating a style all their own.
Desperate to ride, they used guerrilla tactics such as illegally skating abandoned swimming pools in upscale Los Angeles neighborhoods. But by the mid-70s, the skateboard phenomenon had caught on, and a few of the Z-Boys were scooped up by corporate sponsors and offered large sums of money to skate on their behalf.
This elevated them from freewheeling street punks to celebrity skaters; they traveled the world, showing off their cutting-edge moves.
Director Stacy Peralta, one of the original Z-Boys, reunites the original crew 25 years later to hear in their own words what it was like.