Jake Phelps Bio

Jake Phelps was born on September 25th, 1962 and died on March 14th, 2019 aged 56. Phelps led Thrasher Magazine as editor-in-chief for 26 years. His hometown was California and he reportedly lived in Massachusetts before moving back to San Francisco in the early 1980s, where he started working at a skate shop in the Haight. Around the same period, Thrasher co-founder Kevin Thatcher approached Phelps to write a product review column for the magazine he would later run.

He was a San Francisco-based Thrasher editor,  also an esteemed skateboarder, who first hit the pavement on four wheels at age 13.

According to IMDB Jake Phelps was known for his work on Skate and Destroy (1999), King of the Road (2016) and a documentary film, (Deckument: od rolke do skejta (2015)).

Jake  Phelps Quick Wiki/Bio

Nick Name
The Phelper
He was born on September 25th, 1962 in California
Wife Never Married or had children
He was born on September 25th, 1962 in California
Died He died on March 14, 2019 (aged 56 )
Cause of death Not Revealed
Occupation Thrasher editor
Known for Skating, Thrasher editor, his work on Skate and Destroy (1999) and King of the Road (2016)

Jake  Phelps Career Background and Accident

In 1993, after a few years boxing merchandise in Thrasher’s shipping department, Phelps led Thrasher Magazine as editor-in-chief for 26 years. Phelps was a San Francisco icon, oft seen scraping around the city on his preferred mode of transportation — a beat-up skateboard.

The Publication he worked for, Thrasher is a skateboarding magazine founded in January 1981 by Kevin Thatcher, Eric Swenson, and Fausto Vitello, and published by High-Speed Productions, Inc. of San Francisco, USA.The publication consists primarily of skateboard- and music-related articles, photography, interviews, and skatepark reviews.

In 2017, Phelps suffered a serious head injury after falling while “bombing” a hill in front of Dolores Park at an unofficial event that drew hundreds of local skateboarders. It’s not known if the 2017 injury is related to his death.

In December 2018 Thrasher opened a brick-and-mortar shop on Sixth Street in the Tenderloin. Near the entrance is a manifesto penned by Phelps.

“Skateboarding vs. San Francisco is war,” it reads. “It’s 49 miles chock full of cops, vagrants, speeding cars, gang bangers and, the most humbling of all, the hills.”

Phelps played guitar in a band called “Bad Shit”, Together with Tony Trujillo and his wife, Ashley “Trixie” Trujillo. The band has toured both in the US and internationally.

Jake  Phelps Skating TV Roles

Jake Phelps was cast on King of the Road, a 2016 TV Series. As per IMDB, The American road trip gets kicked in the nuts with Thrasher Magazine’s annual scavenger hunt. Three teams of the world’s best skaters go on the adventure of a lifetime, putting their lives, limbs, and dignity in increasingly ridiculous peril.

He appeared on a Documentary film  Deckument od rolke do skejta (2015). Deckument is a memoir of a marginal sporting subculture. It tells a story of Slovenian skateboarding pioneers in the late 80s and early 90s. His other role on TV was Skate and Destroy (1999) .

Jake Phelps Skater of the Year selections

As Thrasher’s editor, Phelps was selected the Skater of The Year since 1993. Phelps’ final selection, the 2018 SOTY, was Tyshawn Jones.

Jake Phelps Family

Jake Phelps’ parents split up when he was 11 years and he moved with his mother from California to live in Marblehead. His mom was a native San Franciscan.

Jake Phelps Wife, Children

Phelps never married or had children.

Jake Phelps Cause of Death

Jake Phelps died on March 14th, 2018 aged 56 according to the Thrasher magazine’s social media.

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