Phil Shao: 15 Hard Years


On August 23, 1998 skateboard legend Phil Shao passed onto the next state of existence. He was here for 24 years and in that time he scorched the Earth. Only the good die young. Teeth, hair, and more miles to go—the angels are still trying to figure out this dude. Tranny, vert, rails, nollieflips, pools, 2 covers—he crossed all lines and smudged the focus on our skateboard reality. Top bar Miley; I'll say it till the day I die—go there, look at that grind! Not a day goes by when I don't look at the sky and ask why. Miss you blood. —Jake Phelps




Photo: Luke Ogden

  • Remembering Phil Shao

    Remembering Phil Shao
    Phil Shao, 1973-1998. 18 years dead? Well when he was here, he was doin' it. Blind School pool in Berkeley had three covers. His Smith over the box was top shelf. They only take the good ones. Miss you daily. Always with style, Phil MF Shao. —Jake Phelps
  • From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 9

    From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 9
    Speyer, Shao, and others are greeted by NYC ambassadors Peter Bici, Chris and Jones Keefe, and Rob Gangemi.
  • From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 8

    From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 8
    Wade Speyer, Phil Shao, and others are a long way from home as they head to New York and hit the streets.
  • From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 7

    From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 7
    More Shao, Speyer, Pailes, Bici, and Choppy Omega. Wade's final transfer is make or break all the skin off your body.
  • From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 6

    From the Crypt: On the Road Volume 6
    Some wood parks get set on fire by the skating of Donny Barley, Phil Shao, and others. You gotta see Wade Speyer's bowl grind at 1:38.