World renowned skateboarder, Tony Alva will make an appearance at Modern Skate Park in Royal Oak on Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m. The Vans sponsored tour also features Bill Danforth. This free event will feature live local bands, barbecue and other special surprises. There is a $10 and a canned good donation for admission for those who want to skate at the park with Alva. Gleaners Food Bank will be taking donations of canned goods.
Alva, 53, is the world’s first professional skateboarding champion. He won the title in 1977. Alva is also the first professional skateboarder to successfully market himself as a brand name. He owns and operates Alva Skateboard Company in Oceanside, Calif. Alva was featured in the award-winning documentary, “Dogtown and the Z-Boys.” He also served as a consultant and stunt coordinator for the movie, “Lords of Dogtown” which is based on his life. Alva is considered to be the originator of vertical skateboarding. He continues to develop new technology to advance the sport he loves.
Danforth, 41, is a Detroit native. He started skating in 1976. Alva was one of his idols when he was growing up. Danforth became a member of the infamous “Alva Posse” in the late 1980s. His first skate deck was released in 1986. Younger skaters look up to Danforth and call him “Old Man Danforth.”
Modern Skate & Surf started with one shop in Royal Oak in 1979. The company now operates three locations, Royal Oak, Grand Rapids and Lansing. Modern Skate & Surf also has skate parks in Royal Oak and Grand Rapids. The Royal Oak skate park is 80,000 square feet and is the sixth largest skate park in the U.S. It’s so big that it’s both in Royal Oak and Madison Heights. It was designed and built by world class X-Games ramp builders, Team Pain, in 2008. The skate park features a $70,000 wood bowl.
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