Tommy Guerrero To Be Honored With The 2013 Legend Award During The 15th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards Presented By New Era
PRESS RELEASE: Carlsbad, CA –TransWorld SKATEboarding is proud to announce Tommy Guerrero as the recipient of this year’s Legend Award, and will be honoring him this Wednesday, February 27 in Hollywood at the 15th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards presented by New Era. The Legend Award sets out to officialy recognize, acknowledge, and honor those who have forever shifted the legacy of what it means to be a skateboarder.
As a top shelf member of the Bones Brigade during the height of the ’80s boom, Tommy basically became the face of “streetstyle” at a time when that very concept was about to turn skateboarding on its head. Born and raised in San Francisco, Tommy put the city’s now infamous hills and unique terrain on the map for skateboarding. His part in Powell Peralta’s 1985 video Future Primitive was not only revolutionary, but hugely influential to the sport of skateboarding. As the first official “street pro” in skateboarding, Tommy’s free-flowing improvisational style and creative use of the San Francisco concrete, set the stage for modern street skating.
“The San Francisco avenues and Tommy Guerrero were a match made in heaven,” comments TransWorld SKATEboarding Editor At Large Skin Phillips. “Those lines look as relevant today as they did decades ago. He is a true pioneer, even when skateboarding, and especially street, were in the dark ages.”
Tommy’s contributions to skateboarding are innumerable—both in front of the scenes and behind. He’s been credited as the first to ollie into a grab (and consequently put an end to jump ramp early grabs) as well as the kickflip backside grab on a miniramp. In 1991, with the help of longtime friends Jim Thiebaud and Fausto Vitello, Tommy started Real Skateboards out of Deluxe Distribution, leaving the Bones Brigade. Real Skateboards has now grown to be one of today’s most respected and influential brands in the industry.
Tommy’s focus remains on keeping skateboarding raw. Never turning his back on skating, Tommy continues to play an active role at Deluxe Distribution and additionally juggles his time as a professional musician, skateboarder, and proud father. Roll forever. Congratulations Tommy Guerrero.
The Awards Show is an invite-only event. For more information on TransWorld SKATEboarding and the awards show, go online to TWSKATE.com. Stay tuned to TWS’s social feeds at @transworldskate (#TWSAWARDS2013) for live updates on this year’s awards. The 15th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards is proud to be presented by New Era and sponsored by Red Bull, GoPro, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. To see a list of the rest of this year’s award nominees, go online to TWSKATE.com.
Directly following the awards, TransWorld SKATEboarding is pleased to host the world premiere of its 25th video, Perpetual Motion, the newest film by Jon Holland and Chris Thiessen, featuring Jimmy Carlin, Julian Davidson, Josh Matthews, Silas Baxter Neal, Tom Remillard, and Walker Ryan. To watch the trailer and keep up-to-date on more about the film, including local premieres in your area, click here.