The Skateboarding Hall of Fame (SHoF) is an initiative that recognizes and honors the history, culture, and achievements of skateboarders, skate industry professionals, brands, and groups and their impact on sidewalk surfing.
Skateboarding has come a long way since its early days in the 1950s and 1960s.
Today, it is a highly competitive and well-respected sport and outdoor activity, with millions of fans and participants worldwide.
The SHoF is an essential part of this legacy.
It helps to tell the story of skateboarding and honor and recognize the legends and pioneers who have made significant contributions to the sport and industry.
The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that has been open to the public since 1997.
It was founded by Todd Huber and is located in Simi Valley, California.
Visitors can take a tour of the Hall of Fame and view displays that feature the history of skateboarding and the people who have made it possible.
The 10,000-square-foot facility features the world's largest collection of folk art skateboards.
SHoF: Preserving History and Honoring Legends
Since 2009, the Skateboarding Hall of Fame has inducted new members in a ceremony each year to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the sport.
They can be:
- Skateboarders: competitive or non-competitive individuals who have made a significant impact on the sport through their sports accomplishments, such as winning major competitions, developing new tricks, and promoting skateboarding through their creativity and influence;
- Event Promoters: people who have helped to promote the sport by organizing relevant events and contests;
- Industry Innovators: individuals who have created new technologies and products that have improved the sport;
- Media Professionals: people who have helped to spread the word about skateboarding through their publications and media outlets;
- Brands: skate industry companies that played a critical role in the development of groundbreaking equipment and gear;
- Groups: collective organizations, music bands, and NGOs that boosted skateboarding's popularity and made significant contributions to its ever-growing culture;
The inductees are chosen by a panel of 68 skateboarding experts - the nomination committee - who consider a variety of criteria when making their selections.
The criteria include the individual's contribution to the sport, their impact on the industry, and the level of recognition achieved.
Once the official ballot is determined, the voting for each year's induction class begins.
The process involves 400 skateboarding professionals, the SHoF nomination committee, past Hall of Fame inductees, and media and industry members.
Once the results are in, the induction ceremony announces, honors, and celebrates the life story of the latest inductees.
Whether you're a fan of skateboarding, a participant, or just someone interested in sports and athletic culture, the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone who wants to learn more about this fantastic and dynamic sport.
It has a rich collection of historical skateboard-related artifacts, memorabilia, a shop, a library, VHS tapes, and an indoor skate ramp.
Skateboarding Hall of Fame | List of Inductees
Larry Gordon (G&S)
Colleen Boyd Turner
Doug "Pineapple" Saladino
John "Tex" Gibson
Don "Waldo" Autry
Desiree Von Essen Harrington
Ray "Bones" Rodriguez
Tom "Wally" Inouye
Kevin "The Worm" Anderson
Steve Van Doren
Laurie Turner Demott
J. Grant Brittain