Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 biographical film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, written by Stacy Peralta. The film is based on the story of "The Z-Boys", an influential group of skateboarders who revolutionized the sport. In 1970s Venice Beach, surfers Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) enjoy the life of skating and surfing the pier with board designer Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger) and the other locals. One day, Skip orders polyurethane wheels for the skateboards in his shop. Sid (Michael Angarano), a friend of the boys who works in the same shop, invites Tony, Jay, Stacy and the other locals to test the new wheels.