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'Z-Boys' skateboard pioneer died off Portlock

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:56 p.m. HST, Jun 25, 2014


A 54-year-old man who died while paddleboarding off Portlock has been identified as skateboard pioneer Shogo Kubo, a member of the Zephyr surf shop's Z-Boys skateboarding team.

ESPN.com reports Kubo was one of the original members of the skateboarding team formed in Venice, California, in 1975. The team is credited with pioneering a new wave of skateboarding with their moves, some borrowed from surfing, that featured aerials and other tricks.

The team also started skateboarding in empty swimming pools.

Their story was documented in the 2001 film "Dogtown and Z-Boys," a documentary made by Stacy Peralta, a member of the original skateboarding team.

The documentary was later made into a Hollywood movie, "Lords of Dogtown," starring Heath Ledger. Kubo's character was played by professional skateboarder Don Nguyen, according to ESPN.com.

In a 2002 interview with the Honolulu Advertiser, following the release of the Dogtown documentary, Kubo said, "We were aggressive and confident and stood out because we were so different, like beach bums."

Tributes were posted online following reports of Kubo's death.

Quiksilver.com said Kubo was known as the "layback master" whose aerial and sliding skate moves were the basis for aerial skateboading today.

An autopsy will be performed by the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of Kubo's death.

Kubo, who lived in Hawaii Kai, was found unresponsive at a surf spot known as "Seconds" at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by another surfer.

Emergency Medical Services personnel treated Kubo at the beach, where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 a.m.







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KWAY wrote:
So young, and nobody says a bad word about the guy. Too bad.
on June 25,2014 | 08:49AM
cojef wrote:
God guys die early.
on June 25,2014 | 10:25AM
saveparadise wrote:
1975? A true pioneer of skateboarding. RIP.
on June 25,2014 | 10:45AM
boolakanaka wrote:
Remember seeing him in a empty pool with other local boy/actor Vince Kline (aiea boy) in 1977.....and they were killing it.
on June 25,2014 | 12:31PM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
Shogo who????????
on June 25,2014 | 02:32PM
kuewa wrote:
Did you post just so can all witness your ignorance and disrespect?
on June 25,2014 | 03:42PM
kuewa wrote:
..so we can all...
on June 25,2014 | 04:04PM
Froggy wrote:
I grew up following the Z-Boys and Shogo. The guy could definitely skate. RIP.
on June 25,2014 | 06:11PM
sjean wrote:
I'm thinking about buying a new Trans-Am... black on black, with some big fat tires in the back. ..god bless Shogo
on June 25,2014 | 07:41PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Deepest condolences. As all of those types of people are, time finally caught up with the man. I never followed much of his sport however being only 2 years older, I know that people at our age need to consider that we do not have the same dexterity as when we were in our teens, 20s and 30s, which are the prime years for all athletes. It's not that we are OLD MEN, we simply need to be more and more careful with balance as we get older and older. Which is why AARP allows membership for people as they turn 50. I remember joining AARP I think 4 years ago. My mom was in AARP from 1991 until her passing last November at age 83. I tell u one thing about The Social Security Administration: for ANY reason at all, they find out very quickly the time and moment of your passing and IMMEDIATELY cancels your benefits if u pass. The government may be SLOW in many endeavors except when they pay benefits, especially benefits via Electronic File Transfer !!!! RIP mom, as it has been 8 months since she went to see the face of GOD.
on June 25,2014 | 10:58PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Deepest condolences. As all of those types of people are, time finally caught up with the man. I never followed much of his sport however being only 2 years older, I know that people at our age need to consider that we do not have the same dexterity as when we were in our teens, 20s and 30s, which are the prime years for all athletes. It's not that we are OLD MEN, we simply need to be more and more careful with balance as we get older and older. Which is why AARP allows membership for people as they turn 50. I remember joining AARP I think 4 years ago. My mom was in AARP from 1991 until her passing last November at age 83. I tell u one thing about The Social Security Administration: for ANY reason at all, they find out very quickly the time and moment of your passing and IMMEDIATELY cancels your benefits if u pass. The government may be SLOW in many endeavors except when they pay benefits, especially benefits via Electronic File Transfer !!!! RIP mom, as it has been 8 months since she went to see heaven.
on June 25,2014 | 10:59PM
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