Jay Adams, a California beach boy who became a seminal figure in skateboarding as a member of the Zephyr Skate Team portrayed in the 2005 film “Lords of Dogtown,” has died. He was 53.
Adams was on an extended surf vacation in Mexico when he died early Friday at a hospital in Puerto Escondido after experiencing chest pains, said his longtime friend Allen Sarlo. The cause was believed to be a heart attack.
One of the original "Z-Boys," Adams demonstrated his talent as a teenager with friends Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva, helping to shape modern skateboarding with a hard-charging style and surf-inspired moves.