C. R. Stecyk III

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Craig R. Stecyk III (born 1950[1]) is an American artist, writer, photojournalist, and filmmaker who has documented and influenced the surf, skate, and snowboarding cultures.[2][3][4]


A Southern California native, Stecyk is known for his photographs of the 1970s and '80s, and for documenting surfing and skateboarding culture, including articles for Skateboarder Magazine in the mid-1970s describing the innovative developments of the Z-Boys skateboarding team.[5]

In 1972, Jeff Ho, Skip Engblom, and Stecyk opened a surf shop called Jeff Ho and Zephyr Surfboard Productions in Santa Monica, California.[6]

Stecyk co-wrote the 2001 award-winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys with Stacy Peralta.[7] Pablo Schreiber plays Stecyk in the 2005 film Lords of Dogtown.[8]

He co-wrote the book Dogtown and Z-Boys with Glen E. Friedman, published in 2019.[9]


  • Dogtown – The Legend of the Z-Boys, C.R. Stecyk III & Glen E. Friedman, Burning Flags Press, 2000, ISBN 0-9641916-4-4


  1. ^ "An Excerpt From Joe Donnelly's L.A. Man: "Understanding Craig Stecyk"". April 10, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Understanding Craig Stecyk". Longreads. July 22, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  3. ^ James, Donald H; Stecyk, Craig R (2008). Surfing San Onofre to Point Dume, 1936-1942. Santa Barbara (Calif.): T. Adler Books. ISBN 9781933045818. OCLC 800911092.
  4. ^ Spreckels, Bunker; Stecyk, Craig R; Brewer, Art (2007). Bunker Spreckels: surfing's divine prince of decadence. Hong Kong; Köln; Paris: Taschen. ISBN 9783822853382. OCLC 470947188.
  5. ^ "C R Stecyk III - A Prophet". Huck Magazine. April 25, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Cave, Steve. "The Z-Boys: The Skateboarding Pioneers of Dogtown". Archived from the original on August 14, 2020.
  7. ^ Peralta, Stacy; Penn, Sean; Alva, Tony; Ament, Jeff (2005), Dogtown and Z-Boys: the birth of extreme, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ISBN 9781404977655, OCLC 823872362
  8. ^ Lords of Dogtown, retrieved September 13, 2019
  9. ^ Stecyk, Craig; Friedman, Glen E (2019). Dogtown: the legend of the Z-Boys. ISBN 9781617756993. OCLC 1055914862.

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