Legendary skateboarder Jay Adams, who was one of the edgy “Z-Boys” of the sport featured in the widely heralded 2001 documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and portrayed in the 2005 film “Lords of Dogtown,” died Friday while on an extended surf vacation in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. He was 53.
The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.”
Twenty years ago, it seemed to some of us as if serious footwork had passed out of Western popular dance; on the dance floors we knew, most of the movement was happening from the ankle up. But how wrong — how limited — we were!