The Zephyr Skateboarding team, more popularly known as the Z-Boys, was a skating team from Venice Beach. During the 1970s, these skateboarders popularized skateboarding and are considered the ones who created the punk/skater subculture that exists now. The Z-Boys grew up in Dogtown which was a neighborhood in Santa Monica, California. During that time, that area was a working-class area which was not well-maintained. Coming together through surfing, these boys later turned to skateboarding. Using only hand built decks with adopted clay roller-skate wheels, the team soon revolutionized their own style, which incorporated a few surfing methods on the pavement. For example, surfers often touch the waves while gliding. Similar, the Z-Boys touched the pavement while sliding through fast, hard, and sharp turns. The members attracted national attention in 1975 at the Bahne-Cadillac Skateboard Championship, where both amateur and professional skaters loved their style and changed the flatland freestyle to a more hard-core aggressive form that can be seen today. After the competition and during the drought in California in the 1970s, the team started skating in empty swimming pools. It was during that time that Tony Alva pulled the first aerial maneuver, which became immensely popular. However, the Z-Boys broke up in 1976 and went their separate ways. After a period of time, when skateboarding began to rise again with skaters like Tony Hawk, Z-Boys were again brought back to the spotlight. In 1999, SPIN Magazine did an article on the Z-Boys which led to a movie called 'Lords of Dogtown' in 2005. The Zephyr Skateboards Company manufactures skateboarding decks, clothing, bearings, and accessories. Till today, Zephyr skateboards are available and extremely popular among true skateboarders throughout the world.