Eric Swenson. 1947-2011 A true poineer of skateboarding.

August 4th, 1947 – June 20th, 2011

Ideas come a dime a dozen. People talk, but seldom act. Eric Swenson got things done. Never one to clamor for the spotlight, he preferred the hard work, orchestrating the show from behind the scenes. It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a dear friend and one of our founders. His mark on skateboarding is extraordinary. Without him there would be no Thrasher Magazine, Independent trucks, or Spitfire wheels, to name a few. He leaves behind his wife Linda and sister Rebekah, along with a tremendous number of admirers.


My thoughts,

Eric was the gruff old school type business person that we don’t see much any longer.  He was one of the true forefathers of skateboarding.  Commanding in presence and demanding in work ethic he embodied old school skateboarding. 

I have a great deal of respect for this man.  Father figure to skateboarding and many skateboarders.

Our Thoughts and Prayers to his family and friends.