RIP IN PEACE: Jake Phelps
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
3/18/2019Back in 2011 P-Stone put together this collection of Jake footage. We all know about his barging abilities, but the old man had a deep bag of tricks! Lemmy on the track, Phelper on the stuntwood. Skate and Destroy.
2/08/2012Raven and Spider shred Bar Beach while management cools off on today's Burnout.
2/06/2012The SOTY takes it street level on today's Burnout, still from Oz.
1/27/2012Double banks add up to double fun for the SOTY and crew, still in Oz.
1/20/2012An ancient Aussie halfpipe gets shook by the Raven/Grant airshow.