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Jeff Ho, Skip Enable, and Craig Stock opened the shop, titled Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Production Team, in 1973, and they soon begin recruiting young locals to represent them in surfing competitions. 14-year-old Nathaniel Pratt was the first member of the team; he originally had worked in the shop as an apprentice surfboard shaper under Ho, Enable, and Stock.
We were junior members of the surf team along with John Baum, Jimmy and Ricky Tavares and Brian Walker. In 1974, Allen Carlo, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Chris Cahill, and Stacey Penalty joined the Zephyr team; these local youths exhibited street style and aggressive mannerisms both on and off the surfboard.
The majority of the team lived in the “Dog town” area of California ; their primary surfing spot was the Cove at Pacific Ocean Park. In 1975, Cahill, Pratt, Adams, Carlo, Penalty, and Alva became the first members of the official Zephyr skateboarding team.
These additional members were: Bob Finial, Paul Constantine, Jim Muir, Peggy OK, Shoo Bubo and Wentzel Rum. The team began to practice in the backs of four schools in the surrounding area; it was at these asphalt banks that the Z-boys showcased their ability to transition surfing style to skateboarding.
Taking inspiration from surfer Larry Gentleman, the Z-boys would skate low to the ground, dragging their hands against the concrete as if they were riding a wave. Their low, aggressive style in the freestyle section of the competition, though innovative, was critiqued by the older establishment of skateboarding.
From 1976 to 1977, Southern California experienced a major drought that contributed to the 1st and 4th driest years in Californian history. In an effort to conserve water, neighborhood homes were draining their backyard swimming pools, leaving empty bowls of smooth concrete.
The Z-boys took advantage of the sloping walls of the pools to push the boundary of innovation when it came to aerial skateboarding.