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Steve Alba



Biography

Stepping on a skateboard for the 1st time in 3rd grade, Steve Alba graduated to bigger and better boards throughout the '70s to become one of the most talented skaters to emerge during skateboarding's vertical period. It was because of his consistent high-ranking finishes he earned the nickname "Le Machine." The late '70s and early '80s saw him ride for many sponsors such as G&S, Tunnel, Ick Stick, Tracker, Powerflex, Gullwing, Alva, and Independent trucks (his longest running sponsor). Colorado's Kryptonics offered him his first signature pro model--the "S.alba" Model (a moniker that exists to this day). In the '80s, he joined Steve Olson on the Santa Cruz team, which brought the new culture of punk rock to the forefront of skateboarding. Through the late '80s, 1990s, and today Steve has maintained a somewhat "cult status" for not only his place in skating's history, but also for his search and adventure for skating concrete not made to be skated.
Steve Alba