Another Pro Skateboarders Premature Death – R.I.P. Steve Schneer, You Will Be Missed From Skateboarding

Gone Skatin Blog Is Sad To Report News Of The Death Of A Skateboarding Icon.

Steve Schneer a legend in vertical skateboarding dating back to the 1970’s, was found dead at his home is Boise, Idaho. This is a sad time for skateboarding for it has truly lost a good friend to the sport. Steve was such a great skater and all round nice guy. Many friends both past and present will feel sorrow after finding out this tragic news. Here’s what the obituary stated.

Stephen R.Schneer, age 51, of Boise, Idaho, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at his home in Boise. Funeral arrangements are still pending at Summers Funeral Homes, The Boise Chapel. To find out more details follow the link here:

Steve Schneer at the Obstacle Bowl in Phoenix, Az, 1984
Photo: J. Goodrich
Steve Schneer at Obstacle Bowl outside of Phoenix. March 1984Steve Schneer was a show stopper when he dropped in to take his runs no matter what the event was. Anyone who saw Steve skate knew him for his unique stunts he would perform right in the middle of a contest. Even during his practice runs he would intimidate the other competitors by skating a full boar practice session while barefooted and shirtless, as seen in the frontside invert pictured below, which was rumored Steve had invented, but without proper recognition, or given credit. Steve is probably best known for the Schneer invented “Ho Ho Plant.” Steve would stall these gymnast type inverts on the top coping for what seemed like over 30 seconds, or forever in the world of professional skateboarding. Schneer’s upper body strength and balance was never contested by any fellow skate pros, because nobody could do a hand plant (invert) and stick the plant one handed, or sometimes with both hands like the traditional Ho Ho Plant, all while stalling long enough to pick his nose, or making small talk with another skater on top of the upper deck. If you ask key partakers in the world of skateboarding, most will credit Schneer with the first frontside invert that dated back to 1978, and was publicly claimed by Steve through various media channel mediums of the times.

Barefooted FS Invert Over The Channel. Insane Risk Taker

Steve Schneer, known as a true pioneer of skateboarding, having invented several tricks he may, or may not have gotten credit for, but amongst his skating peers, he was given proper respect, but always was held to a higher standard of skating when he performed for the crowds. The intensity Schneer would bring with these amazing stunts and tricks nobody else would dare try, was spectacular to watch. I’ve seen Steve over the years here and there skating in competition and in demonstration riding for a classic skateboarding company named “Old Cocks Skateboards” and their were always good reports from long time friend Alan Harley Mercier each and every time I talked to Harley about Schneer. Steve was the 70’s skate version of what Tony Hawk brought to skateboarding in the 1980’s and that was an increased level of of difficulty and a bag full of new tricks nobody could touch. Some of his tricks were called circus tricks due to the level of difficulty they demanded, but with Steve their was never any moments when pride would get the best of him. He was a peoples person and an impressive entertainer always in full effect and leaving nothing on the table when he finally finished the Schneer show.

Last year I can remember talking with Steve Schneer and Alan Harley Mercier about tagging Steve on a Facebook post with a special proposition. And what really got Steve’s attention from my post was the fact that I along with Harley, instituted an official Steve Schneer Day in his honor to be every April 15th. Steve then popped up in the post with in a minute or so and was stoked that someone would do that for him in his honor. We laughed and talked about days of old and how this art form we all love just never leaves you no matter what age you reach. We were forever young!

Steve Schneer the Heineken Pool in 1979. The house owner worked at Heineken..
Photo: J. Goodrich

Steve Schneer going for the beer at the Heineken pool 79Here is Wikipedia’s mention of Steve Schneers possible invention of the Ho Ho plant, or at least credit for being the first skateboarder to attempt and land the popular old school trick, which made way for the more popular versions of the trick like the impressive version called the street plant. Not many skaters in the history of skateboarding could pull of these Ho Ho plants on a vertical wall like Steve Schneer could and to make it more difficult to grasp, he would do them with a lengthy stall for an unheard of amount of time

Read about the trick below from Wikipedia under “Lip Tricks, Inverts/Hand Plants.”
This is where both hands are on the coping at the same time at one point during the trick, enabling the person to walk on their hands if so desired. Both hands must be on the coping because the trick is actually an invert to eggplant. The Ha-Ha is similar except that it is basically a stalled invert where the front hand briefly rests on the coping before returning to grab the board. The Ho-Ho was conceived by Neil Blender, but first done by either Jeff Kendall or Steve Schneer.


“Molecules In Motion”

Steve Schneer was involved a a movie called “Molecules Of Motion.” the skateboarding film was produced in 1987 and featured the Gullwing Trucks skate team. Most of the footage was provided through demos, contests, and various street skating events taking place in the southern California region. The film also used local punk bands from the San Diego district such as “Infrared” and “Sister Rae, and was narrated by former DJ “Dred Scott.”
This video is sometimes mistakenly referred to as “Molecules In Motion” due to the closing credits of the video calling the movie “Molecules In Motion.”

Movie Cast Staring

Mark Rogowski – Himself
Chris Miller – Himself
Steve Schneer – Himself
Tony Magnusson – Himself
Jeff Kendall – Himself
Erik Jueden – Himself
Gavin Troy – Himself
David Crabb – Himself
Jason Jessee – Himself
Steve Claar – Himself
Don Pollard – Himself
Keith Wachter – Himself
Ron Allen – Himself
John Hogan – Himself
Dred Scott – Narrator
Denise Ames – Gullwing Machine-Gunner

Steve Schneer taking a chug off a Heine in this very steep Heineken Pool, 1979.
Photo: J. Goodrich

Steve Schneer, guzzling some beer courtesy of the owner of the house, who was a Heineken distributor. March 1979

R.I.P. Steve Schneer, thanks for all the great memories, it was a pleasure to know you and to follow your exuberant career. Our thoughts are with the Schneer family during this trying time and of course with all the followers and friends Steve Schneer had made through out the years. You will be missed by many Steve – Ride In Peace!

-Rich Monday

7 thoughts on “Another Pro Skateboarders Premature Death – R.I.P. Steve Schneer, You Will Be Missed From Skateboarding

  1. If I’m correct in my old ass fading memory, Steve Schneer worked at the Bare Cover store in Mesa AZ in the mid-late eighties?! RIP Steve, HO HO to Heaven! I remember you laying on your back behind the counter of the store, kicking your board up in the air 5+ feet and catching it again on your feet, practicing that HO HO! Awesome!

  2. Bummer to hear about this guy, I looked up to him. I was at the Big O skatepark with my friends .. I was just a snot nosed kid learning… and he shows up. I was awestruck. and mesmerized. We were afraid to talk to him (because he was so good and not to mention at least 10 yrs older than us) but he came right over to us one time and started helping us. We didn’t speak, just listened. Looking back, he gave us respect then – when other guys his age would poke fun. We were “somebody” because we “knew” Steve Schneer haha… and we always said hi when we saw him. Great times.
    None of us became any where near his skill level when we got older… but we followed local shows and never forgot those days in Orange when the now famous skateboarder helped us ride. We never really knew him, but felt like we did because he made us feel that way. He was one of the good guys. Thanks and RIP

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