BASN’s “Xtreme Factor”: Skateboard World Still Mourns A Hero

By Rhonda R. Harper
Updated: March 23, 2007

CALIFORNIA — This past February 17th marked the first anniversary of the death of skateboard legend. Harold Hunter was just 31 when he died of an apparent heart attack on February 17, 2006.

The skateboarding world lost a great warrior and a hero. Some may remember Harold from his starring role in the motion picture “Kids” in which he plays a skateboarder named Harold, a kid from the New York skate world.

“Kids” is the story about Telly, a teenager who is HIV positive but doesn’t know it. He and his friends embark in unsafe sex, drugs and skateboarding. It was Harold who persuaded the director to cast his childhood friend Rosario Dawson.

Hunter’ s mother died when he was young so other family members raised him and his siblings. He honed his skateboarding skills to pass the days away in his housing project.

Harold began touring with Zoo York Skateboard Company in his early teens and became a downtown Manhattan fixture. Hunter was also an outspoken and larger than life skateboard icon.

He’s remembered fondly for his quick wit and ability to make people laugh. He appeared in numerous skateboard magazines, videos, and movies. He also modeled for apparel companies such as Tommy Hilfiger throughout his career.

Harold used the New York streets as his personal skate park as he became the king of the New York skate scene. On October 7, 2006, the City of New York designated the day as Harold Hunter Day.

That same day, Zoo York and New Era hosted a celebration skate jam in his honor. There have been many benefits in his honor since with many of the proceeds going to the Harold Hunter Foundation.

New Era would later release a limited edition Harold Hunter Hat with the proceeds to benefit Stoked Mentoring.

Although he’s gone, Harold’s favorite phrase, “Legends Never Die” will always live on.