Skateboarding Pioneer Shogo Kubo Dies Standup Paddling

Photo courtesy of Bret Haller, via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Bret Haller, via Flickr

Skateboarding Pioneer Shogo Kubo Dies Standup Paddling

Skateboarding pioneer, Shogo Kubo, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, while standup paddling off Hawaii Kai on Oahu.

Kubo, an original member of skateboarding’s legendary Zephyr Team from Venice Beach, Calif., was paddling alone when witnesses on the beach saw the 54-year-old beginning to experience problems, TMZ reports. A surfer found Kubo unresponsive at 8:30 a.m. at “Seconds” spot, and Emergency Medical Services treated Kubo at the beach, where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 a.m., reports Hawaii’s Star Advertiser.

Kubo was immortalized in the award-winning documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” which was later made into the movie, “Lords of Dogtown,” starring the late Heath Ledger.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii.edu

Photo courtesy of Hawaii.edu

“He was a friend and a brother and he passed away doing what he loved,” Jim Muir, founder of Dogtown Skateboard and a longtime friend of Kubo’s, told TMZ Sports.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of Kubo’s death.

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