Eric Leon Swenson (Not to be confused with Eric Richard Swenson)(August 4, 1946 – June 20, 2011) was an American skateboard designer and magazine publisher.
Born in San Francisco, Swenson was the chief skateboard designer for the Independent Truck Company which he co-founded with skateboard entrepreneur Fausto Vitello in 1978. In 1981 he co-founded Thrasher magazine with Vitello; a publication which is credited with helping to revitalize the popularity of skateboarding during the last two decades of the 20th century. He also played an instrumental role in helping to elevate skateboarding from a hobby into an internationally recognized sport.
Swenson committed suicide at the age of 64 on June 20, 2011 in San Francisco.
- Bruce Weber (June 23, 2011). "Eric Swenson, Co-Founder of Skateboarding Magazine, Dies at 64". The New York Times.
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