RIP IN PEACE: Jake Phelps

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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. 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. 

But most of you reading this now identified primarily with Jake Phelps the skateboarder, and editor of our magazine, so I will leave you with this truth - I never met anybody who loves anything more than Jake worshipped skateboarding. Just as we need food and water to survive, Jake needed skateboarding to keep his blood pumping. It was more than a hobby or form of transportation or way of life - it was his oxygen. Here’s another thing. Jake never bailed. Jake fucking slammed. And there is a big difference. He only knew commitment. He was going to go for it without hesitation, and there were only two outcomes. Either you’d see his triumphant fist pumping in the air or it’d be an earth-shaking collision with the concrete. I remember him telling me once that he never fell backwards, he always fell forward. Leaning back meant there was hesitation, and Jake was all the way IN.  

There was no myth. The man was the myth. We love you, Jake. —Tony Vitello

 

JakePhelps Layback

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  • Jake Phelps Art Tributes - Part 2

    Jake Phelps Art Tributes - Part 2
    We've run out of words to describe Jake Phelps' legacy. Thankfully, artistic tributes from around the world can do all the talking. Here is another batch of extraordinary creative expressions which capture Jake's spirit. He's still watchin'!
  • STILL WATCHIN: Pedro Barros’ Treasure Island 540

    STILL WATCHIN: Pedro Barros’ Treasure Island 540
    Jake’s presence lifted sessions to transcendent heights, powering those in his company to unlock their next-level. Phelper's fire will never go out. 
  • Thrasher Radio: Ep. 69 Zered Bassett

    Thrasher Radio: Ep. 69 Zered Bassett
    Today would have been his 57th birthday, so it feels like the perfect time to launch the final radio segment he ever recorded. Not only is the old man STILL WATCHIN, but he’s STILL TALKIN, and he insists that the show must go on. HBD, Jake. We love you. 
  • Vans' "Take It Back" Video

    Vans' "Take It Back" Video
    This one will get the blood flowing and heart pumping. Geoff, Pedro and Ronnie put it all on the line in honor of the Phelper.