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Eric Swenson(Thrasher Mag/Independent Trucks) R.I.P.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rust Junkie, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. though not HAMB related, Eric Swenson's businesses played a huge role to many of us as youths. I remember scarying the hell out of my dad when I rode my skateboard around his projects and finished cars.

    RIP Eric

    SAN FRANCISCO - Skateboard business icon Eric Swenson, co-founder of the magazine Thrasher who reinvigorated the sidewalk surfing craze in the late 1970s with his Independent Trucks equipment firm, has died in San Francisco.
    Police say the 64-year-old Swenson shot himself to death on Monday in front of the Mission police station.
    The San Francisco Chronicle says Independent Trucks made a high-quality truck, the metal connector between the skateboard and its wheels that enabled moves necessary for jumps and tricks.
    Swenson and friend Fausto Vitello opened the manufacturing company in San Francisco in 1978.
    Three years later, Swenson, Vitello and Kevin Thatcher co-founded skateboarding's Thrasher magazine.
    Swenson is survived by wife Linda McKay and sisters Rebekah Engle and Sonja Taylor, both of San Francisco

  2. fordsoup
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 96

    from Altadena

    Subscribed to Thrasher for many years and always rode (and still ride) Indies. Bummer.
  3. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Damn that's rough. Terrible news and a terrible way to go.
  4. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    Sad news.
    RIP Eric.

  5. Sinister
    Joined: Jan 19, 2004
    Posts: 710

    from Oregon

    I grew up skating in So.Cal in the 70's, and my trucks of choice were Indies. Very sad news. RIP Eric :(
  6. corpsewheelie
    Joined: Jun 15, 2011
    Posts: 95


  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Thrasher Mag was one of the reasons I started skating. Huge influence.
  8. The Internet
    Joined: Dec 20, 2010
    Posts: 106

    The Internet
    from Hudson, NH

    I would like to hear the rest of the story. What (besides drugs) makes someone who has had that kind of success walk in front of a police station and shoot themselves?

    I used to love Thrasher. I remember writing letters to the magazine and decorating the envelope in hopes of getting my letter published.
  9. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,112


    depression.. regardless of where you stand financially.. etc etc.. i used them back in the day too.. they were the best.. dunno where they stand these days not touch a skateboard for over 18 years now..
  10. As quoted from The SF Examiner.

    When he was about 20, Swenson severely injured his leg in a motorycle accident that kept him at Laguna Honda Hospital for more than a half year, Vitello said. Years of pain stemming from that injury might have become too overwhelming for Swenson, she said.
    "Toward the end, walking was kind of a struggle for him," Vitello said, who added that friends and loved ones can only speculate as to why he took his own life.

    Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:
  11. 1950heavymetal
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 323


    -RIP ERIC.
    Thanks for bringing skateboarding to the midwest via Thrasher mags. I just found my stash of old Thrasher mags this spring and I still have my first set of indies.
  12. hotdamn
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,133


    that said though for one to take their own life infront of the police station is a bit extreme, that seems to reason a message was being sent...

    either way, this is a horrible thing to happen to anyone and my heart goes out to the folks that survived him.

    thats never an easy thing for anyone to have to live with...
  13. hotdamn
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,133


  14. 52pig
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 436


    Wait, what? I haven't even heard! Damn I've been out for so long.
    May you find rest for your tired soul brother.
  15. damn. wore many many sets of indy's. may he have a peaceful rest.
  16. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,530

    from WA

    May he find pain free peace now.....
  17. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,112


    wow, that hit home with me.. i shattered my left leg and had to crawl for two days with a compound fracture dragged my self a mile and half for help.. fake knee in 2004.. and chronic pain patient now and the meds are not working to well.. i deal with depression and the pain just eats at you so yeah i totally understand what lead the man to his grave ( minus in front of a police station).. man.. so close to home.. im only 36 tho.. so if i see his age ill be honestly surprised.. i figure 5 years.. if im lucky.. one day ata time is best we can do so thats how i live.. i did a number on my leg.. laughs..
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011
  18. my sister sent me the info last night..very sad. always loved Thrasher mag and still ride Indys. Sucks that Eric didn't think he had any other way out of whatever his troubles were. Prayers for his wife and family and friends. RIP
  19. seventhirteen
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 721

    from dago, ca

    Bummer R.I.P.

    Independents for life...

    Should also be noted that although he was mainly a skateboarding icon he was also a supporter of racing, I know that Independent is a sponsor of the Bean Bandits for land speed racing, so he really wasn't just a skateboard guy even though he may not have been a car builder.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011
  20. A rough way to go for a life that effected so many(myself included) for the better. My prayers go out to his friends and family.

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  21. RIP Eric -- Indy's rule all other Trucks Suck!!!!!
  22. That sucks.....RIP
  23. Crankhole
    Joined: Apr 7, 2005
    Posts: 2,626


    Sad news.
    "Built to Grind"
  24. Cris
    Joined: Jan 3, 2005
    Posts: 805

    from Vermont

    Hero in so many ways.
    Godspeed, Eric.

  25. Deadelvis2000
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 217

    from Austin, TX

    RIP No talk...losta walk!!
  26. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    Speculation of cause is not respectful. Mercy on his soul.
  27. gallagher
    Joined: Jun 25, 2006
    Posts: 180

    from califorina

    RIP Eric thanks for making the best trucks

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