Makaha Skateboards’ Larry Stevenson Dies

by The Editors on March 26, 2012

Larry Stevenson
Larry Stevenson (center) with his son Curtis, Dale Smith and the crew.

We’re sad to report that Skateboarding Hall of Fame member Larry Stevenson, the founder of Makaha Skateboards (and inventor of the kicktail) died yesterday March 25, 2012 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

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

Aside from Makaha, Stevenson was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard, and magazine publisher of such titles as Surfguide Magazine and later Poweredge Magazine.

On December 4, 2010 Stevenson was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame alongside skateboarding other legends Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, Patti McGee, and CR Stecyk.
For a video of Larry’s son Curtis accepting the award for his father, follow the jump for the entire Larry Stevenson story or click here for Stevenson’s LA Times Obituary.

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