Steve Alba To Be Honored With TWS Legend Award

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This Wednesday, May 18 in Hollywood, California, TransWorld SKATEboarding is proud to announce Steve Alba (Salba) as the recipient of this year's Legend Award, officially recognizing and celebrating those who have forever shifted the legacy of what it means to be a skateboarder. The event is invite-only. For more information, visit TW SKATE. More information about Alba, plus the Readers’ Choice Awards and other major category nominees follow below:

Alba, the pioneer of backyard pool skating, won the world's first-ever pool contest—held at Spring Valley during the historic Hester Series—in 1978 and hasn't stepped off his board since. Having reportedly skated more backyard pools than anyone else alive, Alba has consistently placed in the top five at just about every contest he's entered over the past 35 years he's spent as a pro skateboarder, earning the nickname "Le Machine" as a result.

In the late '70s, alongside Steve Olson, Alba joined the Santa Cruz team and steered skateboarding away from the clean-cut, all-American sport it was turning into, instilling it with a raw counterculture, punk rock ethos instead—something that's carried over to the spirit of skateboarding even today.

Never turning his back on skating, Alba still obsessively searches out new, untouched pools, and has left his indelible mark and influence on anyone who's ever picked up a skateboard, whether they know it or not.

The 13th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards Show is an invite-only event, but make sure to check out who won as well as all the detailed stories, photos, and video footage at skateboarding.com.  The 13th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards presented by New Era is proud to be supported by additional sponsors, including Red Bull, Skullcandy, and KRÜ 82 Vodka.

The nominees for the Readers’ Choice Award, sponsored by New Era, to be presented May 18, 2011 at the 13th Annual TransWorld Skateboarding Awards are as follows:

Shane O'Neill
Dylan Rieder
Brandon Westgate

Held  in Hollywood and hosted by Brain Schaefer and Lizard King, the TW SKATE Awards will also be dishing out awards in several other  major categories, which include best rookie, best team, best video part, best street, best transition, and best video. Find out who’s up for top honor below:

BEST ROOKIE                      BEST TEAM                      BEST VIDEO PART
Tyler Bledsoe                            Habitat                                Andrew Reynolds, Stay Gold
Vincent Alvarez                        Plan B                                 Dylan Rieder, Gravis
Shane O'Neill                           Toy Machine                       Brandon Westgate, Stay Gold

BEST STREET                      BEST TRANSITION         BEST VIDEO
Brandon Westgate                   Lance Mountain                    Brain Wash
Torey Pudwill                         Grant Taylor                          Stay Gold
Silas Baxter-Neal                    Taylor Bingaman                  Origin

As the official headwear of 13th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards, New Era will also produce custom hats for all the night's nominees. A handful of skateboarding.com visitors will also have a chance to win one of these limited-edition New Era caps.

Directly following the awards, TransWorld SKATEboarding is pleased to host the world premiere of its 23rd video, Not Another TransWorld Video, the newest film by Jon Holland and Chris Ray, featuring Nestor Judkins, Wes Kremer, Mike Anderson, Shane O'Neill, and Theotis Beasley.

The 13th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards presented by New Era is proud to be supported by additional sponsors, including Red Bull, Skullcandy, and KRÜ 82 Vodka.

For special referral rate room accommodations (between May 16–18), you can contact The Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, CA, at 1-800-950-7667 and request the TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards rates no later than May 16 (rooms are limited and the special discounted rates are based on availability).

For more information on TransWorld SKATEboarding and 13th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards presented by New Era, visit skateboarding.com.

About TransWorld SKATEboarding
TransWorld SKATEboarding, published by Bonnier Corp., has been the largest, most respected skateboarding magazine in the world for over 25 years. Delivering the most innovative photography and cutting-edge editorial, TransWorld SKATEboarding offers readers an inside look at skate culture through news, product reviews, and in-depth profiles of the world's top skateboarders, both in print and online at skateboarding.com.

Bonnier Corp. (bonniercorp.com) is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through 50 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events. Bonnier Corp. is the US division of the Bonnier Group (bonnier.com), a 200-year-old family-owned media group based in Sweden with business operations in 25 countries.

About New Era Cap Co., Inc.
New Era products have been a canvas for consumers to showcase their individuality and personal style for over 90 years. With billions of headwear styles, it's best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball as well as creating the iconic 59FIFTY fitted cap. New Era continues to be a lifestyle brand of choice not only with their headwear collections, but also accessories and apparel lines for men, women, and youth. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY, operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong, and is a Participating Company (PC) of the Fair Labor Association. For more information on the brand, visit neweracap.com.”