Jim Muir Benefit – Thursday, August 20, 2009Posted: August 17, 2009
Jim Muir (1958 in Venice, California) is a professional skateboarder and skateboarding entrepreneur. He began skateboarding in 1963. He was a member of the Z-Boys skate team based in Santa Monica, California. Muir was the first member of the Z-Boys to use urethane wheels, and convinced Zephyr Surf Shop owner Jeff Ho to order them for the team. After the Z-Boys team collapsed, he skated for Sims Skateboards and, with Bob Biniak, helped to invent the first laminated skateboards. He founded Dogtown Skates in 1976, at the age of 18. The first skateboards were hand made, and at one point had skate figure Tony Hawk riding as an amateur. His younger brother, Mike Muir, is the singer for Suicidal Tendencies.
Unfortunately, last March, Jim suffered an accident while surfing at Westward Beach; his head hit the bottom, severely injuring his neck and paralyzing him instantly.
Although he escaped death by drowning (thanks to the action of fellow surfers and local lifeguards), he had to undergo emergency surgery followed by acute rehab. Since then, he has been enduring extensive physical therapy to regain movements of limbs.
Although he is reportedly doing better lately, he still needs help and, with that in mind, a benefit concert is going to be held this next Thursday, August 20th, at the Air Conditioned Supper Club (625 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90231 – 310-230-5343).
For more information, go to jimmuirbenefit.com.