Jake Phelps, skateboarding legend and editor of Thrasher has died. … “Jake Phelps was 100% skateboarder, but that label sells him way too short, because beyond his enormous influence in our world, he was truly an individual beyond this world,” Vitello wrote. Phelps cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
Jake Phelps hill bomb stack 2017.
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Jake Phelps was 100% skateboarder, but that label sells him way too short, because beyond his enormous influence in our world, he was truly an individual beyond this world. When loved ones pass we sometimes mythologize about their full lives rich in friendships and experiences. Sometimes we need to talk ourselves into believing it all. It makes us feel better, and helps us cope with the loss. Well, in the case of Jake, the task becomes wrapping your head around just how many lives one person could possibly live. He really did see it all, do it all, and that incredible brain of his could relish every last detail. But most of you reading this now identified primarily with Jake Phelps the skateboarder, and editor of our magazine, so I will leave you with this truth – I never met anybody who loves anything more than Jake worshipped skateboarding. Just as we need food and water to survive, Jake needed skateboarding to keep his blood pumping. It was more than a hobby or form of transportation or way of life – it was his oxygen. Here’s another thing. Jake never bailed. Jake fucking slammed. And there is a big difference. He only knew commitment. He was going to go for it without hesitation, and there were only two outcomes. Either you’d see his triumphant fist pumping in the air or it’d be an earth-shaking collision with the concrete. I remember him telling me once that he never fell backwards, he always fell forward. Leaning back meant there was hesitation, and Jake was all the way IN. There was no myth. The man was the myth. We love you, Jake. -Tony Vitello
Oh damn Jake Phelps died???!!! Wooow, i don’t even skate & I know this is devestaing. Got to chop it up w him in Utah once. Man….rip & god bless his soul.
— Questlove (In E flat) (@questlove) March 15, 2019
Jake Phelps My illustrious nephew Jake, famed editor of Thrasher Magazine died suddenly and easy today – If you knew…
19. First time in SF. About to bomb a hill. Def sketched out. Cadillac pulls up. Driver yells “Charge it, charge it, get some, cmon pussy!”
RIP Jake Phelps 🙏🙏🙏
— Anthony Pappalardo (@anthonypops) March 15, 2019
RIP JAKE PHELPS!! YOU ARE SKATEBOARDING!!! pic.twitter.com/ihMJ5hTj8z
— Jamal Cornbread (@Jetlife187) March 15, 2019
fortunate to meet Phelper, Tony Vitello walked me into Jake’s office to meet during an SF visit, but even only chatting once his charm, wit, generosity and heart are unmatched. He was truly kind, quick and funny. Thinking of all my friends at Thrasher, sad day Jake Phelps is gone pic.twitter.com/dJKkfSuoAZ
— Donovan Strain (@DonovanStrain) March 15, 2019
Thank You Jake Phelps.
My first time to Europe in 1990 I was lost in an airport in Germany, had no idea where to go and was bewildered – Jake pulled me under his wing and helped me get sorted out, just a skater reaching out to a fellow skater. I’ll never forget that. pic.twitter.com/B324ABju5L
— Ed Templeton (@TempletonEd) March 15, 2019
Every skater in the world is connexted to Jake Phelps one way or another. His influence was masive. He was never rich, never so called famous and definitely never close to politically correct. He also would ridicule anyone being sentimental about his passing. #SaluteJakePhelps
— Dante Ross (@DanteRoss) March 15, 2019
I was a horrible skateboarder, but being a skateboarder was a huge part of my young life. I'd read every issue of Thrasher from cover to cover. It epitomized the culture. Thanks, Jake Phelps. RIP.
— Matt Braunger (@Braunger) March 15, 2019
— Dan Sena (@DanSena) March 15, 2019
Such tragic news about the passing of Jake Phelps. He was a true skateboarder to the end, a fan of diverse styles and a passion for the history of skating. He jokingly called my weird fakie footplant impossible the “Spaghetti Western” so I will forever use that name in his honor. pic.twitter.com/aeDKnVAIig
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) March 15, 2019
— Masked Gorilla (@MaskedGorilla) March 15, 2019