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Z-Boy Jay Adams executes a Bert slide on Bicknell Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 1975.
A group of skaters and surfers in 1970’s Santa Monica, the Dogtown Z-Boys ushered in a new era of aggressive, aerial-maneuver based skating. Emulating the surfing style of Native Hawaiian surfer Larry Bertlemann, the Z-Boys coined the term “Bert slide” for their low, crouching skateboard stance as they sliced down hills and around turns.

Above: Z-Boy Jay Adams executes a Bert slide on Bicknell Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 1975. A group of skaters and surfers in 1970’s Santa Monica, the Dogtown Z-Boys ushered in a new era of aggressive, aerial-maneuver based skating. Emulating the surfing style of Native Hawaiian surfer Larry Bertlemann, the Z-Boys coined the term “Bert slide” for their low, crouching skateboard stance as they sliced down hills and around turns.