Memorial List of Skateboarders and Surfers



SkateBoarders, Surfers, Photographers & Film Makers Who Are No Longer With Us

This Memorial List helps remind us of those who helped
inspire and elevate the sports of Surfing and Skateboarding.
Death has a very sobering effect and reminds us that our days are numbered.
I am saddened by the passing of many of my friends,
but I will continue to remember them with reverence
and be motivated by their inspiration.

Last Updated September 9, 2015




SkateBoarders
& Surfers


Chronological Order

1970's
  • 1979 - Jay Shuirman - NHS Santa Cruz Skateboards - Independent Trucks

1980's
  • Early 1980s - Bobby Piercy
  • 1983 - Bob Mohr
  • 1983 - Torger Johnson
  • Aug 18, 1984 - Pat Flanagan - Age 22 (1962-Aug 18, 1984)
  • Nov 5, 1987 - Anthony 'T-Bone' Ybarra - Amateur Skater

1990's
  • Dec 25, 1993 - Jeff Phillips
  • May 17, 1994 - Mike Ternasky - (Mar 4th 1966 - May 17th 1994) - H street & Plan B Manager
  • Aug 13, 1994 - Sean Miller - Vert Skater - (Mar 3, 1970 - Aug 13, 1994)
  • Dec 23, 1994 - Mark Foo - Surfer (Feb 5, 1958 – Dec 23, 1994)
  • 1995 - Frank Hawk
  • 1995 - Sean Miller
  • Sep 11, 1995 - Bonnie Blouin McColl - (Apr 10, 1963-Sep 11, 1995) - Charleston, SC - Early Female Vert Skateboarder, sister to Blaize Blouin. Writer for Lapper skate zine & writer of Skaters Edge in Thrasher Magazine
  • Jan 30, 1997 - Kit Erickson
  • Apr 29, 1997 - Conrad Miyoshi - Age 45
  • Nov 11, 1997 - Dave Perry - Downhiller
  • 1998 - Chris Robison
  • Oct 5, 1998 - Mike Cardona - (Aug 26th, 1978 - Oct 5th, 1998 - Age 20)
  • Aug 22, 1998 - Phil Shao - (Dec 28, 1973 – Aug 22, 1998) - Pro Skateboarder, Redwood City, CA
  • Oct 5, 1998 - Mike Cardona - Scotch Plains, NJ - (Aug 26th, 1978 - Oct 5th, 1998 - Age 20)
  • May 9, 1999 - Tim Brauch (Apr 26, 1974 - May 9, 1999 - Age 25)
  • May 17, 1999 - Jeanne Hoffman
  • Sep 9, 1999 - Blaize Blouin - Won the 1988 NSA Am Finals - G&S Pro

2000's
  • Jun 15, 2001 - Jay Moriarity - Surfer (Jun 16, 1978 – Jun 15, 2001)
  • 2001 - Paul Hackett
  • Jan 3, 2002 - Mickey Dora - Professional Surfer
  • Mar 23, 2002 - Bobby Turner
  • Mar 24, 2002 - Joe Lopes (Oct 28, 1964 - Mar 24, 2002)
  • Sep 26, 2003 - Pepe Martinez
  • Jan 20, 2004 - Jeff Klindt - Skate Artist & Musician - (8/20/1965 - 1/20/2004)
  • Mar 21, 2005 - Dennis "Polar Bear" Agnew
  • Sep 2005 - Craig Fineman - Photographer
  • Oct 10, 2005 - Larry "Flame" Moore
  • Jan 2006 - Gary Medeiros - Skateboard Photographer
  • Jan 2006 - Hal Jepsen - Film Maker
  • Feb 17, 2006 - Harold Hunter - Age 31 - East Coast
  • Apr 22, 2006 - Fausto Vitello - Age 59 - Founder of Independent Trucks
  • Sep 2006 - Warren Bolster - Photographer
  • Dec 26, 2006 - Greg Taie - Slalom Racer
  • Mar 7, 2007 - Shane Cross - Australian Skater
  • 2008 - Ray Underhill (1962-2008)
  • Sep 5, 2008 - Van Wastell - Skated for Vans (1984-2008)
  • Oct 27, 2008 - Steve Picciolo
  • Jul 23, 2009 - Paul Cullen (1962-2009)
  • Sep 27, 2009 - Danny Bearer - Age 59

2010
  • Feb 25, 2010 - Bob Biniak (May?)
  • Nov 2, 2010 - Andy Irons - (July 24, 1978 – November 2, 2010) - Professional Surfer

2011
  • Jan 25, 2011 - Bob Staton - WFSA
  • Jun 20, 2011 - Eric Swenson - Founder of Thrasher & Independent Trucks
  • Jun 24, 2011 - Chris Cahill
  • Dec 12, 2011 - Tom Fain - Surfer

2012
  • Feb 2, 2012 - Jeff Ruiz - Hobie Skateboard Photographer
  • Mar 25, 2012 - Larry Stevenson - Makaha Skateboards & Inventor of the Kicktail
  • Mar 29, 2012 - Michael Peterson - Surfer
  • Apr 15, 2012 - John Frances Humphrey - Made The Humco Surfer - First mass produced Skateboard
  • May 20, 2012 - Shane Hidalgo - Gravity
  • Jun 26, 2012 - Jaya Bonderov
  • Sep 12, 2012 - Tom Sims - Age 61
  • Oct 22, 2012 - Donald Takayama - Surfer Nov 16, 1943 – Oct 22, 2012)
  • Nov 2012 - Henry Candioti
  • Nov 2012 - Terry Trimble - Nov 24, 1961 - Nov 2012)

2013
  • Jan 2013 - Lewis Marnell - Australian Skater
  • Jan 24, 2013 - Waldo Autry
  • Mar 25, 2013 - Curtis Hesselgrave
  • May 31, 2013 - Shawn Peddie - 80's Florida Pro, Rode for Walker
  • Jun 15, 2013 - Ron Bennett - Bennett Trucks
  • Jun 30, 2013 - Wesley Tucker
  • Sep 20, 2013 - Pat “Skatefink” Maphis - Skateboard Collector - (Born Sep 15, 1950 - Age 63)
  • Nov 2013 - Rick Jones, Age 50
  • Nov 2, 2013 - Buttons - Ernest Thomas Kaluhiokalani (Mar 30, 1958 – Nov 2, 2013)
  • Nov 13, 2013 - Gregg Carroll

2014
  • Jan 2014 - Scott Williams
  • Feb 2, 2014 - Steve Schneer - Age 51
  • Mar 18, 2014 - Willi Winkels (1956-2014) Canadian 8-Wheel Skateboard Rider & Innovative Manufacturer
  • Mar 29, 2014 - Hobie Alter - Age 80
  • Apr 20, 2014 - Chris Yandall
  • May 21, 2014 - Skitch Hitchcock
  • Jun 24, 2014 - Shogo Kubo (Age 54 - Born 1959)
  • Jul 9, 2014 - Sonny Miller - Vert Skater - Director of Photography
  • Aug 13, 2014 - Ethan Miller - Canadian Skateboarder and Cinematographer - Age 39
  • Aug 14, 2014 - Jay Adams - Age 53 - Dies while surfing in Mexico
  • Sep 9, 2014 - Mike Weed - Hobie Team Rider - All Around Skater - Born July 18, 1958 - Age 56
  • Nov 10, 2014 - Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz - Patriarc of West Coast Surf Instructors
    Born March 3, 1921 - Age 93         Wikipedia     /     News Story

2015
  • Jun 12, 2015 - Rick Ducommun (Age 63 - Born July 3, 1952) Owner of Skull Skates, Canadian Actor, Comedian
  • Sep 9, 2015 - Dan Harkins - Concrete Wave Skater - Born July 21, 1952 - Age 63
  • Oct 13, 2015 - Gerry Hurtado - SkateMaster Tate - Skater/Musician- Born 1960 - Age 55
  • Dec 4, 2015 - Michael "Biker" Sherlock - Downhill Luge Skater - X-Games champion 1996-1998

2016
  • Jan 1, 2016 - Larry Gordon of Gordon and Smith - Born 1939, Age 76
  • Aug 7, 2016 - Midget Farrelly, Australian Surfer - Born 1944, Age 71

2017
  • May 26, 2017 - Allen Weiss - Founder of Rolls Royce Urethane Wheels - Born , 1952, Age 65
  • Jun 1, 2017 - Ty Page - Mr. Incredible, FreeFormer Team - Born May 30, 1958, Age 59
  • Aug 12, 2017 - Russ Gosnell - Rockit Man - Born October 13, 1956, Age 60



Graphical Version Of Above List




Thanks to all who have helped remember our fallen friends.


Please submit anyone missing from this list with:
Name - Date of Birth - Date of Death - Cause of Death - Where they were living
Also include which sport they were involved with and what their contributions were.

Someone once said that we continue to live as long as someone else remembers us. That saying helped motivate the creation of The Skaters' Memorial List. Some people feel that this list should not be posted, but death is real and has a positive sobering effect.
"It is good to eat, drink and be merry, but pleasure lasts for only a short season. It is much more profitable for a person to attend a funeral. For it is there they realize that Death is continually knocking at their door and it is time to get their life in order.
Skate Forever and Serve The Sport,
Russ Howell



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