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 January 23, 2019

1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019



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 4, 2007 - Ben Pappas - Professional Australian skateboarder. Age 29 - Born May 13, 1978.
    Younger brother of skateboarder Tas Pappas. In the late 1990s, Pappas was ranked the No. 2 skateboarder in the world; his older brother Tas was No. 1 at the same time.
  • 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
  • Mar 12, 2011 - Gene Brown - Born Sep 4, 1940 - Age 70 - Surf Cartoon Art - "Hodads Beware"
  • 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
  • Oct 12, 2016 - Dylan Joseph Rieder, Pro Skater, Born May 26, 1988, died from complications of leukemia, Age 28

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
  • Sep 27, 2017 - Brad Edwards - Pro Skater - February 6, 1969 - September 27, 2017, Age 47
  • Dec 10, 2017 - Bruce Brown - Surf Film Producer, Born: December 1, 1937, Age 80

2018
  • Jan 13, 2018 - Paul "Mr. Boogie" Bushnell - Age: 89 - Designed the Boogie Bowl in Glendale 1977
  • Jan 24, 2018 - Warren Miller - Ski Film Producer, October 15, 1924, Age 93
  • Feb ?, 2018 - Freddie Grosskreutz - East Coast Surfer/Skater - Skateboarder Magazine 1975- V2/N3
  • Apr 17, 2018 - Lynne Grosse (Australian) - Born June 21, 1962, Age 55, Winner at 1976 Magic Mountain Invitational, 1977 South Australian Women’s surfing champion, winner of several European and World Skiing Cup titles
  • May 6, 2018 - Mike Davis - Birdhouse Skater - Born ?, Age ?
  • Oct 21, 2018 - Bob Ballou - PowerFlex Wheels

2019
  • Feb 28, 2019 - Stephan Ellis - Survivor Bassist, Born 1949, Age 70

  • Mar 16, 2019 - Dick Dale, the pioneer of surf rock has died age 81. Born May 1937. (1962 hit Misirlou) More Info

  • Mar 14, 2019 - Jake Phelps, the Editor of Thrasher magazine

  • Apr 30, 2019 - Mike Doyle, Surfing Icon, Born 1941, Age 78 - More Info

Skate Safely!


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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