Jake Phelps, the longtime editor of Thrasher journal, has died. He was 56.

Thrasher founder Tony Vitello introduced Phelps’ demise on the journal’s Instagram:

“Jake Phelps was 100% skateboarder, however that label sells him means too brief, as a result of past his monumental affect in our world, he was actually a person past this world,” Vitello wrote.

The reason for demise is just not but recognized. Vitello didn’t return a request to remark.

Clark Phelps, Jake’s uncle, mentioned in a Fb publish Thursday that his nephew “died abruptly and simple immediately.”

For greater than 20 years, Phelps led what many thought-about the bible of skateboarding. The San Francisco-based editor was additionally an esteemed skateboarder, who first hit the pavement on 4 wheels at age 13, he instructed the California Sunday Journal in a 2016 interview.

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Phelps was born in California and lived briefly in Massachusetts earlier than transferring again to San Francisco within the early 1980s, the place he began working at a skate store within the Haight. Across the similar time, Thrasher co-founder Kevin Thatcher approached Phelps to jot down a product assessment column for the journal he would later run.

In 1993, after a number of years spent boxing up merchandise in Thrasher’s transport division, Phelps landed on the prime of the masthead, the place he remained for 26 years.


A punk to his core and skateboarder till the tip, Phelps was a San Francisco icon, oft seen scraping across the metropolis on his most well-liked mode of transportation — a beat-up skateboard.

In December, Thrasher opened a brick-and-mortar store on Sixth Road within the Tenderloin. Close to the doorway is a manifesto penned by Phelps.

“Skateboarding vs. San Francisco is struggle,” it reads. “It is 49 miles chock filled with cops, vagrants, rushing vehicles, gang bangers and, probably the most humbling of all, the hills.”


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