|Born||December 28, 1973|
Redwood City, California
|Died||August 22, 1998 (aged 24)|
Phil Shao (December 28, 1973 - August 22, 1998) was a goofy-footed professional skateboarder and journalist from Redwood City, California. Before his death, Shao was to be the next editor-in-chief of Thrasher magazine.
Shao was featured in many skate magazines including Thrasher Magazine, Skateboarder Magazine, TransWorld Skateboarding. Shao graced the July 1996 cover of Thrasher magazine with a smith grind on the top rail at Fort Miley. Shao was known as a master of many different styles of skating including street and vert. Jake Phelps refers to Shao as "Hosoi and the Gonz in one dude."
Skate video parts
- 1994 - Just Another Day On The Range - Think
- 1994 - Issue 8 - 411VM
- 1995 - High 5 - Etnies
- 1996 - Jim's Ramp Jam - Deluxe
- 1996 - Hitting The Streets - Thrasher
- 1996 - Damage - Think
- 1997 - Yellow - Emerica
- 1998 - Portable Flat Bar
- 1998 - Dedication - Think
In addition to skating, Shao worked at Thrasher magazine as a copy editor. Shortly before his untimely death, Phil was informed he was to be named Editor of Thrasher Magazine. After Shao's passing, Jake Phelps stayed on as Editor-in-chief.
Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park
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 square foot skatepark with 5 bowls, rails, and ledges.
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