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RIP: Thrasher Magazine’s Jake Phelps

by The Editors on March 15, 2019

Jake Phelps the loud, hard-living, punk rock, soul of skateboarding, and conscience of Thrasher Magazine for more than 26 years has died according to a March 14, 2019 post on the Thrasher website. He was 56.

“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,” said Tony Vitello, Publisher of Thrasher. “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.”

So far his cause of death has not been released. Our thoughts are with the entire Thrasher family. And we mourn along with skateboarders around the world.

[Link: Thrasher Magazine & SF Chronicle & Deadspin]

Photo: @BryceKanights


Jake Phelps Profiled In California Sunday

by The Editors on March 30, 2016


Willy Staley puts down a great profile of Thrasher Magazine mascot Jake Phelps in California Sunday. And the photos by Andrew Paynter make Mr. Phelps look every bit the lovable punk that he has become over the past two decades of putting a face to the Thrasher ethos.

Here’s the start:

I had spent only a few minutes with Jake Phelps before someone called him an asshole. It was a balmy October morning in San Francisco, at the tail end of the city’s reliably tardy summer. I found Phelps outside of a corner store at 24th and Valencia at the appointed time, dressed like half of a magazine editor: On top, he wore a crisp white oxford and a gray sweater vest, chunky black glasses, and a few days’ worth of graying stubble. But his pants sagged to mid-ass; his shoes had pentagrams stitched into the tongues. At his side he held his skateboard, which had dried rivulets of blood in the griptape.

Click the link for the rest and think about just how happy the rest of the Thrasher staff is to have a guy like Jake to dive on all these media grenades for them.

[Link: California Sunday]


Jake Phelps Fired From Thrasher?

by The Editors on February 3, 2009


You just never know the truth these days. According to a video posted on Thrasher Magazine’s website, Editor Jake Phelps says he “was fired yesterday” by High Speed Productions. Here’s what he had to say on the video clip:

Well I guess the who’s hated list that caused a lot of shit. But I got fired yesterday, I guess I’m going to have to keep skating more. . . . I don’t hate anybody. And I love everybody. Let’s all just keep skating. . . . If you have some more questions to ask me maybe I’ll tell you, we’ll go in a van on the road somewhere and I’ll tell you some funny stories and that will keep you occupied. . . . I’ll keep my own opinions to myself. I’m not a jock. I’ve done a lot of drugs. I’m just a regular guy and like I said, “The Truth Hurts.”

Though we know a lot of people who would celebrate Jake Phelp’s firing, we’re not going to start putting our party kit on just yet. . .

[Link: Thrasher Magazine]


This Week’s News Headline Dumpage

by The Editors on April 24, 2019

All the headlines, no comments. Scan them, click them, read them, or just ignore them. A couple of these stories are worth reading and we’d point them out to you, but, well, that would take more time. You’ll just have to hunt them out yourself. Cheers.

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All The News Headlines For Now

by The Editors on March 26, 2019

At this point see skate, snow, and surf headlines in our sleep and though we don’t seem to have time to snark this batch up, we still want them in an easy-to-scan format. So here they are as of March 25, 2019. Click the link for all the headlines you should have seen in the past few weeks (in no particular order, sadly) and enjoy the news.

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RIP: Grindline Founder Mark Hubbard

by The Editors on June 9, 2018

Mark “Monk” Hubbard, the mind and muscle behind Grindline Skateparks and the DIY skatepark movement in general died June 8, 2018 at his home in West Seattle, according to a story on Fox Q 13. His cause of death has not be announced. Hubbard was 47 years old.

For skateboarders across the world, Hubbard was a significant figure. In the early 90’s, he helped build Portland’s Burnside Skatepark, seen by many as the model for modern parks. “This guy invented DIY (Do it Yourself).” Thrasher Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jake Phelps said. “You see kids out there digging ditches for skateboarding, it’s because of Marty.” . . .Hubbard transformed his love of DIY skateboarding into a business. He and his Grindline crews built parks from Orcas Island to Israel with a passion that transcended a mere job.

We will think of him every time we roll the flowing lines of Mammoth’s Brother’s Skatepark. Hubbard is survived by his wife Jenny and three children Kaya, Leona, and Odin. Our thoughts are with them all. If you’d like to send a gift to support the family, please click the link for GoFundMe.

[Link: Q13 Fox & Thrasher Mag]


Grant Taylor’s Thrasher SOTY Clip

by The Editors on November 28, 2011

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Thanksgiving was a bit of a blur for us. While we were plowing asphalt to get to mom’s house Jake Phelps was picking Grant Taylor up at the airport with some good news. Taylor is Thrasher Magazine’s Skater Of The Year of 2011. You already knew this, but just watch it again with us and pretend it’s your first time.

[Link: Thrasher Magazine]

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Circe Wallace’s Action Agent Tendency

by The Editors on September 19, 2011

164McSweeney’s Internet Tendency skateboarding columnist Joel Rice interviewed Wasserman Media Group Senior Vice President Circe Wallace to get a better understanding the wild, independent world of corporate skateboarding, and as usual she makes it all sound perfectly logical — especially the “sexy” part:

The characters are attractive! They have chiseled features and they dress flamboyantly! And, like, they’re sexy and they’re good looking kids! I mean Dylan Rieder… It doesn’t get much sexier than that! It’s like a boy band but better because they are actually doing something manly and it’s really aggressive, super-expressive and athletically intense!

Okay. We get the Dylan thing, but when she starts talking about drinking “Lucky Stripes” with Jake Phelps and Julien Stranger at 14 we kind of lost our way. But you should read the whole thing anyway.

[Link: McSweeneys via @CirceSnow]


Chis Cole Thrasher’s SOTY Again

by The Editors on December 7, 2009


Thrasher Magazine’s Jake Phelps calls Chris Cole to let him know he’s won the Skater Of The Year award for his second time in five years. Chris was pretty happy about it. How happy? “I’m just stoked out of my face,” Cole told Phelps. “Thanks for putting my shit in the mag.”

Will be even more interesting to see how Chris is feeling this Friday night at the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason.

Click the link to watch the entire video.

[Link: Thrasher Magazine]


Back From Wallenberg

by The Editors on June 1, 2009

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Wallenberg’s swan song? We didn’t go, but everyone we know did. Said it was amazing. Here’s a little of what the SF Weekly had to say:

As Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Star-Spangled Banner christened the event, Jake Phelps — Editor of Thrasher and Master of Ceremonies for the day — yelled, “Wassup? You ready to jump this thing?” Evidently, people were. No sooner had Hendrix’s last wave of feedback ceased than Marissa del Santo flew off the top of the stairs — nearly landing. The crowd went crazy.

Chris Cole marked it with authority and Lizard King, well, what did you expect. Bummed we missed it. Click here to see all the video from Thrasher Magazine. Another thing: it’s always good to see Craig Stecyk up on the front row.

[Link: SF Weekly and Thrasher Magazine]