‘Skate family’ pays tribute after talented 19-year-old skateboarder suddenly dies in Winnipeg


During his short life, Tyson Hobson’s skills in shredding Winnipeg skateparks earned him a reputation as a promising talent in the city skate scene with a medium hard flip.

And on Friday, nearly 100 members of that community gathered with his family at the West Broadway Community Organization skatepark for a commemorative skate to say goodbye.

“He was part of a great family of skateboarders and I appreciate everything they do,” said his mother Melanie Hobson as the skateboarders raced by. “I miss him a lot… He died too soon.

Her son Tyson died on Tuesday at the age of 19. His family said his death was sudden and unexpected, and preferred not to share the cause of death.

Melanie Hobson holds up a sweater with a picture of her son and the message “rest easy” on one side. The other side said “Long live the hard flip God”, a reference to a skate trick he was known for. (Bryce Hoye / CBC)

Melanie said her son was fun to be around and had a silly side. It’s hard to find a photo of him with a straight face.

He struggled, but skating always seemed to help him through, she said.

“He got really depressed after his brother died… and he found it as an outlet and he stuck with it,” she said.

Sienna Jackson says she will always be remembered Hobson for his tolerant, funny and loving nature. (Bryce Hoye / CBC)

His partner Sienna Jackson, 18, said it was heartwarming to be in the presence of so many members of the local skate community who showed up to give Hobson a head start.

The couple had been together for three years but met six years ago at school.

“We started skipping class together,” Jackson said with a laugh. “He was really kind and protective, he was always so funny. He always had something to say to make someone laugh… even if those were the toughest times.”

Tyson loved people too, she said.

“It really helps to be with the skate family, a lot,” she said. “A lot of people knew him … He left a huge impact, I believe, of unconditional love.”

Blaine Everett says he will remember his friend for his openness to others. (Bryce Hoye / CBC)

He was also known for his skills as a shredder.

Blaine Everett met Tyson at a skatepark and said he was known for his hard flips and nollie hard flips.

Someone at the event presented his mother with a sweater with the words “Long live God hard flip” on the front and a photo of Tyson on the back.

“He was a really caring and caring person,” Everett said.

Geoff Reimer says Hobson was one of the best skaters in town. He is still in shock, his friend is gone. (Bryce Hoye / CBC)

Geoff Reimer also says Tyson’s gnarled hardflip sets him apart.

Reimer was working at Edge Skatepark when Tyson arrived one day six years ago at the age of 13 when he was just starting out.

Tyson quickly became a regular. The couple have become quite close.

“Tyson – and I have good authority to say it – was one of the best skaters Winnipeg has ever seen. He could do anything, ”Reimer said. “An incredibly talented and naturally gifted skateboarder.”

Members of the local skate community signed this photo of Tyson Hobson during a memorial skate for the 19-year-old on Thursday. (Bryce Hoye / CBC)

Reimer remembers Tyson as a strong young man. He was stunned this week to learn that he could no longer skate next to him.

“I’m losing some of the shock I’m in, but… when someone so young comes by, it’s a shock. He will definitely be missed, ”Reimer said. “Just a great kid.”

Tyson’s mother said she hopes people will remember Hobson is his resilience.

“Find an outlet you’re good at and push it somehow.”

An online fundraising campaign raised more than $ 2,800 on Friday evening to cover funeral costs.

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