Skateboarding legend Jay Adams’s sudden and unexpected death at the age of fifty-three shocked the world. Media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Hollywood Reporter, ESPN, MTV, The Telegraph, and People magazine, to name only a few, paid tribute to Jay Adams; the broad coverage he received speaks to the immense influence Jay had on the sport of skateboarding and the subsequent culture he helped grow and shape. Universe Publishing is pleased to bring back into print the little-known book of photographs of Jay Adams’s earliest days as a surfer and skateboarder, taken by his stepfather Kent Sherwood.
Sherwood is directly responsible for unleashing Adams’s talent on the world: he introduced Jay at a very young age to surfing and skateboarding. Sherwood began shooting the young Jay Adams at play, surfing and skating with his friends, including Tony Alva, Shogo Kubo, and Wentzle Ruml, among many others. The book also includes sweet and revealing thoughts about his past, written by Adams before he passed away. Jay Boy is an endearing, intimate early look at the gifted Adams, his friends, and his family.
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