Skateboarding Heritage Foundation

Shogo Kubo: 1959-2014, R.I.P.

Shogo Kubo dogtown layback

It's with great sadness that we must announce that Shogo Kubo has passed away. Kubo was one of the greatest skaters of the 1970s. His smooth, fast, ripping style and easy-going personality made him one of the most loved, admired and remembered skaters from that era. Originally from Japan, Kubo moved to the U.S. with his family while young, settling in Southern California. Skateboard culture soon became the center of Kubo's interest in the United States. Following his brief tenure with the Z-Boys, Kubo moved onto other sponsors including Gullwing trucks, SIO, and Dogtown Skates. One of the early skaters to go pro, Kubo was not much of a competitive skater and preferred touring and demos instead of contests. The opening of Cherry Hill skatepark in New Jersey in 1978 drew many skaters from the both coasts to the soon-to-be-famous park, including Kubo. The California skater ended up staying in Cherry Hill and became a resident pro at the skatepark for several months, soaking up the East Coast hospitality. Kubo also spent a significant amount of time in Florida, touring, judging contests, doing demos, and generally having fun, at places like Clearwater Skateboard Park, Rainbow Wave, Solid Surf, Sensation Basin, and the legendary Hollywood Ramp, which was Kubo's first exposure to a wide, flatbottom half pipe. Kubo is pictured here at Clearwater, doing one of his legendary Layback Grinds in the park's narrow concrete halfpipe, October 1978. RIP, Shogo.