The world lost a great one last night as Jay Adams died of a heart attack at the age of 53. Photo: Sherm

The world lost a great one last night as Jay Adams died of a heart attack at the age of 53. Photo: Sherm

Jay shares a wave with Taj Burrow at Lowers last summer. Photo: Jimmicane

Jay shares a wave with Taj Burrow at Lowers last summer. Photo: Jimmicane

Rest In Peace Jay Adams

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I grew up in an era when surfing and skating mattered together, and Jay Adams was the biggest influence on my life as both a surfer and a skater. There was no one in the world that I wanted to emulate more than Jay. He was the Larry Bertlemann of skating — and he was actually influenced by Bertlemann. I was lucky enough to meet Jay when we were younger and right when I met him, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to being a surfer and a skater. He had the affect on people. It’s crazy when you can meet your hero and have him turn out to be way cooler than you had imagined. I consider myself lucky to have met Jay, and I think the world is lucky to have had him. —Steve Sherman

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