Keith Hufnagel, Skateboarding Pioneer & Founder of Huf, Dies At 46
Professional skateboarder Keith Hufnagel died at 46 at his Los Angeles home on September 24.
Hufnagel’s battle with brain cancer came to an end after fighting for the past two and a half years, according to a statement released by his company.
The Instagram account, Hufworldwide, posted on Thursday a photo of a young Hufnagel holding his skateboard. The caption credited Hufganel for being the heart and soul of the brand he built that helped bring together a community of skate and fashion, like no one else could.
Hufnagel moved to San Francisco in 1992, where he pursued his skateboarding career. Once he become professional, Hufnagel wanted to find a way to give back to the community that helped him growing up. That was the start of this company, Huf, which came to be one of the most respected brands in the skating, sneaker and streetwear community.
Growing up in New York City in the 80’s skateboarding was not widely accepted. The company was founded in 2002 and its purpose was to represent the world of skateboarding, through diverse cultural inspirations and ideas.
Professional skater Tony Hawk shared his sentiments on Facebook, including a thank you for all the good times the two shared and constant inspiration.
Hufnagel is survived by his wife, Mariellen Hufnagel; their children, his brother Chris and mother. The famous skater will be remembered for his board tricks such as jumping with the board and sticking the landing.