By the age of the 13, Jay Adams was the youngest member to join the Santa Monica-based Zephyr Competition Skateboarding Team. Dennis Martinez was a legend in the skateboarding world long before Tony Hawks even came on the scene. Bruce Logan was one of the first professional skateboarders starting in the 1950s and Christian Hosoi was top in the skateboard world, his main rival being Tony Hawks.
They were skateboarding idols – the ones everyone wanted to be – and then drugs, addiction and arrests brought these golden boys down.
In its latest releases, Boat Angel Films presents “Fallen Idols,” a look at these four legendary world champion skateboarders. The program will air on WKTV Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 19 at midnight.
Actor Danny Trejo (“Heat,” “Con Air,” and “Desperado”) narrates the film which examines the rise to fame, the fall and eventual redemption. There is never before seen footage with current interviews. “No preachiness, no talking down, just hard core music, action and real life drama,” according to Boat Angel Films’ description of the documentary.
All four men would overcome and use their experiences to help others headed down the same path. Adams (who died in 2014), Logan and Hosoi have all been inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.