Jake Phelps Dead at 56

Jacob Phelps, editor-in-chief of the popular San-Fran skateboarding magazine Thrasher, has passed away at 56 years old. The cause of death has not yet been released as of Thursday, when his death was announced; however, condolences have been steadily flooding in from grieving skaters and Thrasher loyalists alike.

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In his 26 years of service as editor-in-chief, Phelps helped instill into Thrasher what it’s recognized for by many: An uncompromising sense of rebelliousness that resonated with its largely teenage audience. As such, Phelps is in large part to thank for Thrasher’s rise to the position of skateboard culture’s poster-child brand. Under his wing, the magazine has been dubbed “the bible” by its fans. It was his own uncompromising, caustic but explosive personality that staunchly defended Thrasher from becoming normalized by mainstream culture and trend-hoppers–the textbook fate of many a brand in the skate scene.

Phelps is, in many ways, what every skater does or should aspire to be: Jake Phelps, the one who bombs San Francisco hills at 2 a.m for his friends to see when they wake up, the one with a 290 page medical record and has spent more time in a hospital than most have in jail, the one who, in Tony Vitello’s own words, has seen it all, done it all, and who’s incredible brain could relish every last detail. Nearly every self-respecting skater wants their name where Jake’s is.

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Just as we need food and water to survive, Jake needed skateboarding to keep his blood pumping.”

— Tony Vitello

Thrasher’s headman, Tony Vitello, posted on the website announcing Phelps’ death on Thursday, March 14. In this two paragraph article, he outlined his experience with Phelps over the years and acclaimed his devotion to skateboarding. His cause of death remains a mystery, as well as who will take over as editor-in-chief of the skateboarding giant. It goes without saying that this heir to the throne will have some sizeable shoes to fill.

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