Wednesday, June 25, 2014
-from his SkateBoarder magazine interview-
I heard the news pretty early on and did not believe it. "Red Dog" told me he got a text from his son, I wouldn't accept that as proof, I asked him to please speak to someone, not via text, but voice or face to face. This is not something we need to rush to tell the world about, we need to know what has actually happened to the fallen brother... As the day went on indeed the words and call were true. Shogo it appears was stand up paddle boarding in Hawaii, where he's lived for many years now, and had a heart attack (UPDATE: brain aneurism), he was 55 years old.
I knew Shogo from my days at the Kenter banks before I even had a camera, up through the heyday of DogTown, his time as the best contest pool rider to come from the original ZEPHYR team crew, to when he moved out to Cherry Hill skatepark in New Jersey, around the same time I was forced to move back to New Jersey to finish High School.
-Cherry Hill Skatepark 1979-
Shogo Kubo, for those who do not know, was one of the most stylish and flowing pool and half pipe riders you'd ever see. To me Skaters like Ray "Bones", Steve Caballero, and Christian Hosoi, to name a few, were cut from his cloth. Shogo was an original, an innovator, and a competitor like none of the other "Z-Boys", and he was radical too. We created a lot of cool images together during that hey day. All the images you see above and below come from a few of our outings... he will be missed by many.
-the original Dog Bowl - Santa Monica, 1977-
-Trespassing in West Los Angeles, 1978-