Phil Shao

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Phil Shao
Personal information
Born(1973-12-28)December 28, 1973
Redwood City, California
DiedAugust 22, 1998(1998-08-22) (aged 24)
Arcata, California
ResidenceCalifornia, U.S.

Phil Shao (December 28, 1973 - August 22, 1998) was a goofy-footed professional skateboarder from Redwood City, California.[1][2]

Skateboarding career[edit]

Shao was featured in many skate magazines including Thrasher Magazine, Skateboarder Magazine, TransWorld Skateboarding.[3] Shao graced the July 1996 cover of Thrasher magazine with a smith grind on the top rail at Fort Miley.[4] Shao was known as a master of many different styles of skating including street and vert.[5] Jake Phelps refers to Shao as "Hosoi and the Gonz in one dude."[6]

Shao appeared in many skateboarding videos in his career.[7] His last video was "Dedications" from Think Skateboards, released shortly before his death.[8]

Skate video parts[edit]

Magazine career[edit]

In addition to skating, Shao also worked at Thrasher Magazine. Shortly before his untimely death, Phil Shao was named Editor of Thrasher Magazine.[1] After Shao's passing, Jake Phelps became Editor-in-chief.[10]


On August 22, 1998, Phil Shao died in a car accident in Arcata, California.[8]

Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park[edit]

In the summer of 2003, Redwood City collaborated with Phil's friends and family to build a skatepark dedicated to Phil called the Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park. The park is a 13,000 skatepark with 5 bowls, rails, and ledges.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Shao had an English degree from the University of California at Berkeley.[12][1]


  1. ^ a b c "Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park | City of Redwood City".
  2. ^ "Phil Shao Profile < Skately Library". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  3. ^ "RIP Phil Shao". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  4. ^ Halba (2010-04-10). "Shao 1 baby!". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  5. ^ Whiteley, Mark (19 August 2014). "guest post: "the gnarler" phil shao by mark whiteley". the chrome ball incident.
  6. ^ Remembering Phil Shao, retrieved 2019-10-14
  7. ^ "Phil Shao skater profile. Online skate videos and video parts by Phil Shao. | Skatevideosite". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  8. ^ a b "Phil Shao - Friends and family talk about a late great.Friends and family talk about a late great". TransWorld SKATEboarding. 30 July 1999.
  9. ^ "411VM - Issue 8 skate video soundtrack | Skatevideosite". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  10. ^ "The Jake Phelps Interview".
  11. ^ "Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park - Redwood City, CA". Yelp. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  12. ^ "Viskart:Remembering Phil Shao". Viskart (in Japanese).

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