RIP Larry Stevenson

On March 25th, 2012, Larry Stevenson, Skateboard Hall of Famer and founder of Makaha Skateboards, passed away passed at the age of 81.  In the late 1950s Larry Stevenson was a lifeguard at Venice Beach and  saw a the potential in skateboarding.  At the time a skateboard was nothing more then a roller skate nailed to 2×4.  He took the basic concept behind the skateboard and took it to the next level with the addition of clay wheels and a surfboard inspired design.

He used the popularity of  surfing to bring skateboarding to new heights. In 1965 Larry was producing over 2,000 skate boards a day and almost every kid who surfed or wanted to surfed owned one.  In 1969 he patented the kick tail design, which would forever chance the sport as we know it. Like many innovators he was way ahead of the times. It took nearly 20 years for his twin kick tail design to catch on.

Larry also put together the first skateboard team in 1963 with …Bruce Logan, Woody Woodward, Danny Bearer, Scott Archer, Gregg Carroll, John Fries, Joey Saenz, George Trafton jr, and Squeek Blank.  – From


Team Makaha

RIP Larry Stevenson- Thank you for making skateboarding what it is today.


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