1. Alabama: Faith Skate Supply
Since 1995, Faith Skate Supply has been holding it down for both Birmingham and Alabama. Their 2006 video Reason To Believe was the world’s first glimpse of James Hardy (currently pro for Real) who starred next to Jamie Thomas, Ben Gilley, and Pat Rakestraw. Today Faith continues to support future pro skaters. Birmingham’s DIY scene owes a lot to Faith and their commitment to continued construction in the face of bulldozers—when one spots get dozed, Faith is on to the next one, cement trowel in hand, building the scene from the ground up. In addition to scene-building and selling skate stuff, Faith is also home to the A.Skate Foundation, an organization helping kids with autism through skateboarding.