From Z-Boys To Z-Boiz

"We tried to emulate those guys." - Bob Harper

Mike Fortin

Mike attended Bishop Kelley High School and graduated in 1978. He passed away in January 2011.

My friend Mike Fortin was an extraordinary guy, I met him when I was 16 years old. We were part of a small group of Boise teenagers in 1977 who loved skateboarding, and because of that bond we will always be connected. Mike was an incredible skater, absolutely fearless, aggressive, and much stronger than the rest of us--when Mike skated, everybody watched.

Mike had a tough exterior, but underneath he was a friendly guy, extremely loyal, with funny observations about ordinary things. We were very close friends for a couple of years, and in 1979, I lived with him for a month when he lived in Oceanside, Calif. During that time Mike graciously took me to skate Vista, Carlsbad, and Del Mar skate parks. When I broke my wrist while skating with Mike at Del Mar in La Jolla, Calif., he took me to the hospital and later to the bus depot so I could return to Boise.

Mike insisted we try to surf before I returned to Boise, so we got his board and laughed all the way to the beach, after all I had a big yellow waterproof cast on my wrist and elbow, and being Idaho boys we didn't know how to surf, let alone swim in the ocean.

That was just Mike though, always wanting to have a good time, make the best of things, never letting what other people thought keep him from doing what he wanted. Although we drifted apart over the years, I will never forget some of the best years of my life, laughing, skating, and just hanging out together.

I miss you my friend, rest in peace.

Mitch York

Bob Harper

Bob graduated from Boise High School in 1980. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 53.

Mike Neal

Mike attended Capital High School and graduated in 1978. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Ian Smith

Ian graduated from Capital High School in 1981. Smith lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Mitch York

Mitch attended Capital High School and graduated in 1979. On October 29, 2016, Mitch was hit and killed while riding his bike across the St. Johns Bridge in North Portland. He passed away at the scene. While Mitch's first love was skating, he also enjoyed riding his bike. He touched many people and will truly be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

Jeff Magallanes

Jeff attended Seaside High school in California. He graduated in 1980. He resides in Seaside, Calif., where he continues to skate.