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Skateboarding Legend Dies Standup Paddling

Shogo Kubo was a pioneer and icon of skateboarding. An original member of skateboarding’s legendary Zephyr Team from Venice Beach, California, Kubo had a true passion for skateboarding and helped shape the sport into what we see today.

He was a determined and passionate ride, 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.

Unfortunately, on the 25th of June 2014, Shogo Kubo died while standup paddling off Hawaii Kai on Oahu. He was paddling alone when witnesses on the beach saw the 54-year-old rider experiencing problems. Later on, a surfer found Kubo unresponsive at 8:30 AM at the “Seconds” spot. Emergency services arrived minutes later and treated Kubo at the beach, but he was pronounced dead at 8:53 Am as Hawaii’s Star Advertiser reported.

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

The cause of death remains to be determined by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office.