Water point: my friend, the king
In the mid-1970s, the Logan family was known as “the first family of skateboarding”. They owned one of the biggest skateboarding companies, Logan Earth Ski, and, led by Bruce, won the biggest titles, including two world titles, at the time.
After Bruce, there were his talented brothers Brian and Brad and their only sister, Robin. Their mother, Barbara, held the business together and their skateboards were everywhere. Their team included runners like Torger Johnson, Laura Thornhill and Tony Alva.
Gregg Weaver somehow resisted the pull of Team Logan and signed with Hobie, as well as North County’s Kim Cespedes. Ironically, Weaver won a Hobie Skateboard at an event I sponsored, without permission, at San Dieguito High School in the mid-1970s.
I never asked Gregg where he got his fluid and precocious skateboarding style from, but while many of his contemporaries made excessive arm movements, he was as refined as Hawaiian-born surfing legend Gerry Lopez. (who may have been Gregg’s main inspiration) on a skateboard.
Gregg would come to be known as “The Cadillac Kid” after he started riding some of the very first urethane wheels under the Cadillac Wheels label.
Bruce, however, still reigned supreme in the world of wooden boards on wheels with his 40 mph nose-up which he often accomplished without pads or helmets a la Costa’s legendary “Black Hill”.
Skateboarding quickly reached its peak and just as quickly went out of fashion. Skateboard magazines have folded. There were no more skate movies, the parks were razed and Logan Earth Ski, along with other big manufacturers, went bankrupt.
It all happened almost 50 years ago, but old school skaters have never forgotten it and Sunday, June 13e they came together to celebrate Bruce’s 70th birthdaye anniversary, an event that came to a head when Weaver showed up with a crown for the champion.
Many legends of the sport were present: the founder of TransWorld Larry Balma, the ace of the photo, “Free” Lance Smith, the famous skater Cindy Berryman, the stars of Gordon & Smith Skateboards Steve Cathy and the world champion of freestyle 1977, Dennis Martinez, the speed skater, John Hughes the aforementioned Kim Cespedes and the whole Logan tribe.
While most of the stories were PG, there were some unprintable moments that elicited screams from those in attendance. Stories of having “high speed swings” during a bombing of Black Hill, a break-in into Carlsbad Skate Park and the outburst of the sport’s first king, Bruce Logan have been told and told. We had collectively survived the scratched knees, broken bones and the sometimes overkill lifestyle of the 70s. Now, whatever our vices were, we focused on the food as we indulged ourselves in burgers, hot dogs and, of course, VG cake.
If you are under 40 and are now or have been a skateboarder, please take a moment to say hello to those who came before you. Without Larry, Lance, Brian, Brad, Robin, Steve, Dennis, Cindy, John, Kim and especially Bruce, you would probably be limited to skating Mission Bay on rollerblades. Thank you for the pleasure you have brought to the world. Long live the king!