Thousands attend skateboarder Jay Adams funeral over Labor Day weekend
Friday, September 5, 2014
An estimated two thousand people from theand communities, and a Wikinews reporter, attended the funeral service and memorial paddle-out and skateboarding session this past weekend in for skateboarding pioneer , who died on August 15 while on a surfing trip with his wife Tracy in , . Within days after his death several smaller -style paddle-out tributes were also held in his honor from , California to , .
Broadcast live on the web fromon Friday, pastor Raul Ries delivered the eulogy along with Skateboarder . Both spoke about Adams character and influence on the skateboarding and surfing communities. Adams' own church pastor and one of his closest friends Trip shared personal stories from letters Adams had written him concerning his faith and his desire to be known for being a man of God. Adams' step-father Kent Sherwood who taught Adams how to surf when he was just three years old, also shared personal stories about Adams when he was just starting to surf and skateboard as a young child.
With clear skies and warm sunny weather on Saturday, hundreds of surfers, amongst them long time friends of Adam's from the, held a large memorial paddle-out tribute mid-day on the north side of the Pier. Chants of "Jay Jay Jay" could be heard from the pier as onlookers watched water being splashed about into the air by the hundreds of people perched on their surfboards. fire department boats and lifeguards were on hand to add to the paddle-out by spraying their water cannons high into the air and blowing their horns, while monitoring everyone's safety. Later in the afternoon nearby a skateboarding session was held at the Venice beach skate park also in Adams' honor.
Adams became an influential figure in skateboarding and its culture during the mid-seventies when he was a teenager, skateboarding with thein Southern California. He has been acknowledged as someone who helped transform the novelty of skateboarding into a global phenomenon. His story was featured in the films and and he was inducted into the skateboarding hall of fame in 2012.
Later in life Adams became aand found a purpose in helping the next generation of skaters and surfers by speaking to the public with positive messages about making good choices in life, along with other notable skateboarder Dennis Martinez. Adams is the second member of the Z-Boys to die this year, Shogo Kubo died while surfing in Hawaii in June.
He is survived by his wife Tracy, his son Seven and his daughter Venice.
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