Founded by Tony Alva in the 1970s, Alva is one of the first skateboard companies to be owned and operated by a skateboarder. Tony Alva’s Background & Influences are Unmatched with Direct Connection to Many of the Sport’s Iconic Pioneers Including Mickey Dora, Reno Abellira, Bunker SPreckles, Bob McTavish, Wayne Lynch, Larry Bertleman, Richard Kenvin & too many others to list. So if you’re in the market for a new skateboard deck, look no further than this pioneer brand! One of the first companies to use layered plywood, Alva skateboard decks are a favorite among professionals around the world. Other brands have tried to copy their design, but this brand is unbeatable! Alva lets their bare faced, plywood boards speak for themselves, rather than using over-the-top graphics.