The first time I saw Salba in a magazine back in 1987, I was blown away by a shot of him skating Pipeline skatepark in Upland. Wearing leopard skin, pro-designd pads and tucked into the curves of the pipe, ‘Le Machine’ as he was nicknamed back then ruled pools, pipes and parks and had a presence that earned him a reputation in the skate scene in California that most would aspire to.
Now 50 years into his life, Steve Alba is still scouting out pools and still giving skateboarding everything he has. Incredible feat. Incredible skateboarder. Watch his Spitfire video and more below and look forward to pushing your rig when you get to that half century.
Emmanuel Guzman, Salba, Josh Borden, Sid Melvin, and Justin Strubing take it to the desert in this “Not @ Home” for Santa Cruz Skateboards and Strange Notes. Featuring cameos from Chris Livingston and Jaws.
Jeff Grosso meets up with Upland Pipeline legend Salba for his Loveletters video series this month. The Upland Pipeline was a classic skatepark which opened in 1977 and one of a kind at the time being the first park to add vert and a full pipe that claimed many collar bones.
Get the history of Badlands and much more from 2 of the best concrete rippers that ever graced and shaped our scene today and scroll down to see how this place ate the mighty Chris Miller back in 1985.