The post from Malakai Kingston on Facebook yesterday has stirred up quite an outpouring of shock and support. Malakai, along with Erik Basil grew Silverfish into an incredible website that supported dozens of skate communities. It had fans that spanned the world and literally millions of posts. Many skate brands got their start on the ‘Fish and it was great to see the interaction between owners and potential customers. Of course, there were literally dozens of keyboard wars between foes. I am not sure how Malakai and Erik had the strength to police things for all these years. I know that I would find that a thankless task. I remember when I first migrated from NCDSA to Silverfish. Of course, for a lot of folks reading this, the letters NCDSA won’t mean anything. Such is the world of digital. But the truth is that before Facebook, YouTube, smartphones etc, Silverfish set the standard and used its massive reach to influence a generation of skaters. Concrete Wave (and its predecessor, International Longboader Magazine) has strived to promote all types of skateboarding. Thanks to Silverfish, our message was spread wider than even we could have imagined. Longboarding grew up on the web and Silverfish was the undisputed leader in promoting a welcoming vibe. All of us who ride “different” types of skateboards should be extremely grateful for the tireless work that the Silverfish team put in. From what I can recall, there were some issues with the backup of data. As most of you know, I am not technical so I can’t explain what happened but somewhere along the way, a huge swath of SF data went kaput. I find this very unfortunate because I know that thousands of skaters contributed some very worthwhile comments and stories. Sadly, it would appear that most of the data is not available. The site is now dark and when I visited there this morning, it confused the hell out of my browser. Of all the memories I have of Silverfish, it’s the memories of meeting up with Erik and Malakai at an Irish pub after or during the Action Sports Retailer Show. Those meetups to discuss the industry and just decompress are something that I will never forget. If you had an opportunity to attend one of these events (especially the one where I brought Spike, the iguana), consider yourself truly fortunate. Erik and Malakai, the world of skateboarding owes you a tremendous amount of gratitude. You both have done so much to foster stoke and build a worldwide skate community. Erik Basil Malakai Kingston While many pixels will be spilled over the course of the next few days about the work that Erik and Malakai did, I think these words best sum up how many people feel. Silverfish may be gone, but it will never be forgotten. On behalf of skaters everywhere, THANK YOU.