Bruce Logan

World Champion
Historical Footnote in Skateboarding History


I was born in the South Bay area of Hawthorne Ca. and grew up in Hermosa & Manhattan Bch. Areas. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. We surfed and skated mostly everyday at Pier Ave. Jr. High School tennis courts, Shell Gas station, Midas Muffler parking lot, and the Strand which is like a boardwalk and also a spot in Palos Verdes called the Bowl. Those are most of our skate spots back then. On some weekends our Mother would drive us up to the Palisades area and skate Paul Revere, Belagio, Kenter, and Palisades High. Our first boards were made out of steel wheels w/milk crate on top and later we removed the crate. The next phase of boards and wheels were Chicago Trucks and Clay wheels on wood boards. I remember ordering my first set of Chicago Trucks and wheels directly from Chicago Ill.

  
In 1963 I met Jim Ganzer who was the Makaha team manager while his team was doing a demo on the beach in Hermosa. He saw me skate and asked me to come and skate with the team and that is when I met Larry Stevenson who owned the company. Being on the Makaha Team was a dream come true for a little kid like me.

All the kids wanted to wear a Makaha Team jacket and it made you feel very special. I was like a kid in a candy store going to their factory and picking out whatever boards I wanted to ride. My brother Brian and I also had our own skateboard club at this time when I rode for Makaha called South Bay Skateboard Club. In 1964 The South Bay Skateboard Club became the Bing Skateboard Team as they became our sponsor. I could compete under any of those names depending on the situation. Skateboarding died after the 1965 Anaheim National Championships. After that contest I was one of the only skaters left who kept at it right through the rest of the 1960’s and I felt it gave me a jump on the other competition in the 1970’s.

Bruce just kneeling on his board, this was taken around 1963-64. Notice the wet suit that was the first type of wet suit that came out for especially for surfing
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Bruce just kneeling on his board, this was taken around 1963-64. Notice the wet suit that was the first type of wet suit that came out for especially for surfing
Bruce writing down his routine for the La Costa Y.M.C.A. contest with Steve Tanner looking on!
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Bruce writing down his routine for the La Costa Y.M.C.A. contest with Steve Tanner looking on!
 
Vol 2 No.1 Skateboarder Magazine How's Hot!
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Vol 2 No.1 Skateboarder Magazine How's Hot!
Vol 2 No.1 Bruce's 2nd Who's Hot page in Skateboarder Magazine
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Vol 2 No.1 Bruce's 2nd Who's Hot page in Skateboarder Magazine
 
Bruce could surf also and this is how he learned his nose wheelies. He was very little kid but very talented!
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Bruce could surf also and this is how he learned his nose wheelies. He was very little kid but very talented!
Bruce doing his thing at the Bahne/Cadillac Contest in 1975.
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Bruce doing his thing at the Bahne/Cadillac Contest in 1975.
 
His 1976 World Pro Champion trophy at the Hang Ten Championships in Carlsbad.
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His 1976 World Pro Champion trophy at the Hang Ten Championships in Carlsbad.
Designing and Testing the first Kick Tail board with Larry Stevenson of Makaha Skateboards
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Designing and Testing the first Kick Tail board with Larry Stevenson of Makaha Skateboards
 
Just another day practicing up for his nose wheelies.........
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Just another day practicing up for his nose wheelies.........
Greg Carroll & Bruce at LAX waiting for a flight going to do a demo for Makaha
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Greg Carroll & Bruce at LAX waiting for a flight going to do a demo for Makaha
 
This one is very special. This pic. was taken at our school Pier Ave Jr. High in 1962-63. Pier Ave. is the home to the first known skateboard contest. We would have many contests there on the tennis courts and on the hill on the playgrounds. Guess what today these tennis courts were turned into a skatepark!
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This one is very special. This pic. was taken at our school Pier Ave Jr. High in 1962-63. Pier Ave. is the home to the first known skateboard contest. We would have many contests there on the tennis courts and on the hill on the playgrounds. Guess what today these tennis courts were turned into a skatepark!
Steven Stills, Bruce & Chris Agajanian at the Long beach Contest in 1977
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Steven Stills, Bruce & Chris Agajanian at the Long beach Contest in 1977
 
Bruce met up with Ziggy Marley for a day of skating together in 2007.
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Bruce met up with Ziggy Marley for a day of skating together in 2007.
Testing out that Makaha LX10  Kicktail going off a lunch bench with younger brother Brad watching on with a board in his hand.
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Testing out that Makaha LX10 Kicktail going off a lunch bench with younger brother Brad watching on with a board in his hand.
 
Doing an Ad for Makaha for the new LX10 Kicktail in 1969
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Doing an Ad for Makaha for the new LX10 Kicktail in 1969
Bruce got his nose wheelie ability from riding the nose of his surfboard.
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Bruce got his nose wheelie ability from riding the nose of his surfboard.
 
During his routine for 2nd place in the 1965 Anaheim National Championships
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During his routine for 2nd place in the 1965 Anaheim National Championships
Going on another demo for Makaha in 1963 with Squeak Blank on (Left)
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Going on another demo for Makaha in 1963 with Squeak Blank on (Left)
 

added 1-12-2012