25 September 2020 16:38
American skateboarding icon Keith Hufnagel passed away after losing a two and a half year battle against brain cancer. Keith Hufnagel was born on January 21, 1974, in New York City. Soon after, Keith was already a professional skateboarder traveling the world and living his dream. Huf - the nickname that later became a well-known label in the skateboarding world - rode for Real Skateboards for more than 25 years. HUF: A Skateboard Brand of the World Keith Hufnagel made sure his company incorporates not only the sport's DNA but also the artistic side that makes it a unique and urban outdoor activity.
HUF is a symbol of skateboarding as a street culture open to music, photography, performing arts, and design that transcends social and race structures. Hufnagel always saw plurality, self-expression, and individual belief as some of the core values within skateboarding. Whether he was riding his board or running his business, Keith was always passionate about skateboard culture. Keith Hufnagel was the heart and soul of HUF Worldwide. As an industry leader, he was more than a shop owner and brand manager - Huf was also into footwear, apparel, and graphic design.
Born and raised in New York City, Hufnagel moved to San Francisco in 1992, when he was 18. Hufnagel started designing T-shirts, which led to his branded clothing line. On his profile on Huf's website, Hufnagel had listed his "current projects outside of skating" as Huf and "the battle of my life." Keith Hufnagel, the pro skateboarder who founded popular streetwear brand Huf Worldwide, has died at 46. Hufnagel, who trailblazed the New York City skate scene during the 1990s, passed away after a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer. Huf Worldwide released a statement following confirmation of its founder's passing Thursday.
(NEW YORK) — The skateboarding world is mourning one of the greats. Keith Hufnagel, who rose to prominence in the 90s, has died at the age of 46 following a battle with brain cancer. Hufnagel is hailed as one of the most influential skateboarders and launched the successful HUF Worldwide skate shop brand in 2002. "We are absolutely heartbroken to deliver the news today that HUF founder Keith Hufnagel has passed away," HUF Worldwide announced via Instagram. "Keith battled brain cancer for the past 2.5 years. "Keith paved the way for all of us – as a respected professional skateboarder, shop owner, brand founder, footwear and apparel designer, creative director, and industry leader. He showed us how to do it, and how do it right," the brand continued, noting how "Keith loved skateboarding and the culture around it. HUF Worldwide offered more insight on Hufnagel's character, adding, "Keith loved and supported the people around him. Hufnagel, a New York City-native born in 1974, was given his first skateboard when he turned 4 and went on to become a massive figure among pro skaters during the 90s and 00s. He was a legend of the skateboarding world and always a spirit of inspiration for the blooming skaters. Hufnagel had been fighting with brain cancer for the past 2 and a half years. He became such a known and loved personality, just at the age of 46 years. He was born in 1974 in New York City. Apart from being a brilliant skater, he was also the founder of, one of the very famous skate shops, HUF. In the demise of the late icon, the brand said that he was fond of Skateboarding and it's culture. Apart from all these HUF said that he loved and supported the people around him and his fans. He would go his way out to do anything for friends, family, and children. They had to say that" "We are devastated to hear that Keith Hufnagel has passed away. His impact on skateboarding, both on his board and off it as a designer, brand owner/founder, and a friend will live forever. Rest in peace, Keith." This shows us how loved and celebrated figure, Keith Hufnagel was all over the globe. People loved him, supported him dearly, and looked up to him as a true inspiration one can ever have. No matter where Keith Hufnagel is, he shall be loved and remembered always.