Larry Gordon, the surfing pioneer who
more or less invented the foam core surfboard, and was the co-founder of Gordon & Smith surfboards and skateboards passed away on January 1st. UPDATE: I originally reported Larry as the possible inventor of the foam core surfboard based on information published by the San Diego Tribune, which has since been revised to: “He was one of the first people to bring polyurethane foam boards to San Diego. Picking up on a nascent trend in the industry, he started experimenting with foam materials at his father’s factory, Gordon Plastics.”
[Source: San Diego Tribune.]
Lemmy Kilmister dead at 70, two days after being diagnosed with cancer. His bandmates have explicit instructions on honoring his life. Long live Lemmy.
Brooke McCarter died from a genetic liver disorder yesterday. To pedestrians he is best known as a vampire in the Lost Boys, but skateboarders of a certain age will recognize him from his supporting roll as a Ramp Local in Thrashin’.
Actress Rose Siggens who played “Legless Suzi” in “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” died over the weekend. The pictureabove is from an American Horror Story screening in LA. Rose is the only one with a skateboard from that shoot, and she must have really liked it because it was the first picture on her website at the time of this post. UPDATE: Looks like she used it for transportation.
[Source: CNN] – Thanks to Steve Spurlock for the tip.
R.I.P. Gerry Hurtado AKA “SkateMaster Tate”
UPDATE: Benefit board for his family.
I have no idea what this pin is supposed to mean. It’s an 80’s era pin, possibly early 90’s. Maybe the 40 down the drain is for you dead homies? All I know for sure is that the first thing I thought of when I saw the weird face on the skateboarder was the movie They Live. Sigh… R.I.P. Rowdy Roddy Piper.
I’ve been remiss in posting this on S&A, as it is about a week old by now, but it has been reported that Mike Weed passed away. I’ve read it was after a battle with lymphoma. There appears to be no official announcement online, and Weed’s official web site has not been updated at this time. You can read a 2009 interview with Mike in Juice Magazine #66.