Skateboarding Pioneer Andy Kessler Dies at 48

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 17, 2009 11:02 am

Sad news to report folks. The man who made an art out of skateboarding, Andy Kessler, is dead. He was only 48. Andy suffered an allergic reaction (in the form of a heart attack) after being stung by a wasp. Kessler is remembered for almost single handedly validating and popularizing the sport of skateboarding in New York City. His first big success came when he persuaded New York to build their first ever skate park, near the Hudson River. He then went on to design other unique and creative skate parks throughout the city, including parks in Riverside Park, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Montauk. Boarders all throughout the country knew him or knew of him and respected his efforts and skill greatly. As described by skateboarding friend Tony Farmer, “flowing through traffic, timing lights, shooting reds, dodging pedestrians … dude just had the streets so wired…suffice to say, he was an amazing cat.” That he was, and he will be missed. Let this be a reminder to you guys and gals who are allergic to stings and bites—when you’re getting ready to ski or snowboard down the mountain, be sure to have your Epi-Pen with you.