Harold portrait

Photos via Matthew Salacuse

Describing Harold Hunter gets a bit harder and harder to do since he has passed. Strangely enough in a very unique and positive way, he is still around. His presence was and still is magical. I’ve never met someone that has touched so many hearts not only within the skate community but all around the world. 

Strangely enough in a very unique and positive way, he is still around. His presence was and still is magical.

His passion for skating was incredible. Growing up in the 80’s as an ethnic kid in the Compost projects on the Lower East Side (aka Alphabet City at the time) was not easy. Harold was pretty much is the reason you could skate past avenue A in between 14th st. and Houston. He was the welcoming mat to get you in to skate anything in that area.

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Harold was a gem with his infamous heel flips nearly over everything. His style and personality really gave him the key to the world. You could hang with him for 5 minutes and it would feel like you’ve known him for decades, to the point that people would literally fight over how much they thought they knew him. Overall Harold just loved everyone and I mean everyone: Kids, Adults, Moms, Dads, Pets, you name it…..

You could hang with him for 5 minutes and it would feel like you’ve known him for decades, to the point that people would literally fight over how much they thought they knew him.

I can say he is the true essence of skateboarding because he showed that it was about having fun doing it with your friends. No headphones, no ulterior motives, no bullshit. 

When you can say you’ve been sponsored for over 30 yrs and still be sponsored in spirit that’s a definition of a True Legend. This goes out to everyone that he has touched. Harold will and will always be in our hearts and on our stunt wood. 

-ALEX CORPORAN