California.- Jake Phelps, el legendario skater y editor de la revista 'Thrasher', murió este jueves 14 de marzo a los 55 años, informó el fundador de la famosa revista, Tony Vitello, a través de Instagram.
A pesar de que no se ha precisado la causa oficial de su muerte, un pariente de Phelps confirmó a través de una publicación en Facebook que el célebre skater murió de forma repentina y sin sufrimiento.
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
"Nunca conocí a nadie que amara algo más de lo que Jake se entregó al skateboarding. Así como necesitamos comida y agua para sobrevivir, Jake necesitaba el skateboarding para mantener su sangre corriendo. Era más que un hobby o un medio de transporte o modo de vida: era su oxígeno",
escribió Vitello en la emotiva publicación.
Bastante admirado por su entrega y su filosofía de entrega total: "Skate or die" (Patinar o morir", Phelps era considerado una leyenda viviente por su amplia trayectoria como patinador y editar por 26 años la revista 'Thrasher', bastante famosa entre patinadores y aficionados a los deportes extremos.