co-founder of independent trucks dies

In an already very tough week for skateboarding, we have been informed of the passing of Eric Swenson. Along with Fausto Vitello he was a co-founder of Independent Trucks, Thrasher Magazine, Spitfire Wheels, Real, Think Skateboards and many more businesses and skate brands.

Without his dedication to skateboarders and skateboarding over the past three decades, chances are that we would be at a very different place right now in skateboarding’s relatively short history. His contributions to our progression and way of life as skateboarders are tremendous and he will be greatly missed.


  • geezuz.. Indi, Thrasher.. he is one of the sports pioneers
  • News of people’s passing is never easy, and it was tragic to hear of Thrasher Co-founder Eric Swenson’s death on June 20. We were even further saddened to learn that he took his own life in front of a San Francisco’s Mission Police Station.

    According to the San Francisco Examiner:

    Swenson shot himself around 8:30 a.m. without going inside the police station or talking to any officers. Loved ones believe the longtime San Franciscan’s struggle with a debilitating motorcycle injury led to the suicide.

    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.

    Swenson co-founded High Speed Productions Inc., which includes magazines Thrasher, Juxtapoz and Slap. He also co-founded Independent Trucks in 1978, the manufacturer of skateboard trucks and other parts that helped launch the sport.
    Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:
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