Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Good friend, great guy, Andy Kessler, dies...


(photo by Shelley Seccombe)

If skateboarding was a town, this guy was it's mayor.

Andy Kessler, one of the good ones, died monday night, "from cardiac arrest due to an allergic reaction to a wasp sting he sustained on Montauk, Long Island."

He was a really friendly guy, NO ONE could say anything wrong about this dude.

He was one of the oldest, if not the oldest skater in New York City holding it down real since the 70's. (see the classic shot above for evidence.)

Andy will be seriously missed by many, including myself. RIP.

(great photo by Ivory Serra)

Read further here:
at ESPN
at NBC News
at NY1
at BULLDOG SKATES message boards
at Gothamist
at RightFielder's
at NYTimes
and New York Surf too.



Update: Here's a great piece on Andy the New York Times just posted on the cover of thier on-line edition:
"The End of Falling"

1 comment:

  1. Dear Skateboarders,

    Let me share the great news with you that Grandmaster of 108 the short documentary that I shot and produced had recently got distributed by Snag Films! It is about a 46-year old New York City skateboarding legend Andy Kessler whose dedication to this controversial endeavor made him an advocate for skateboarding.
    Andy had been battling with hardships in most of his life, he survived things that would normally kill people therefore it is difficult to believe that 2 years after the film was completed he passed away due to an allergic reaction to a wasp sting he sustained on Montauk, Long Island on August 10, 2009 while building a skatepark there.
    Knowing what a heroic figure he was in the skateboarding community I found it important for all of his fans, followers and the wider audience to see this film even if it only shows a small segment of his life.
    You can watch the film free by clicking on the following link: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/grandmaster_of_108/

    Dorottya Mathe

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