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Over the telephone, Skitch says he’s doing well now, living long past what was predicted by his doctors not too long ago. “It’s pretty serious, but I don’t take it that seriously. I’m still surfing and skating and having fun.”

He mentions that his turning point in life was finding God and speaks highly of his kids.

Skitch Hitchcock, center, with his brother Garrison, left, and friend Dale Smith
John Gilhooley
Skitch Hitchcock, center, with his brother Garrison, left, and friend Dale Smith
Old photos and memorabilia line the wall of Skitch's Laguna Niguel bedroom
John Gilhooley
Old photos and memorabilia line the wall of Skitch's Laguna Niguel bedroom

Skitch, along with Garrison and with the help of Smith, has a new project: producing even more equipment under the Hitchcock name. He hopes to land an investor soon. He says that Vans will add him to the skateboarding hall of fame next month.

Skitch proudly displays his new dual-dragons deck design. Japanese script along the bottom reads, “A coward dies many lives, a courageous man only once.”

“That’s the way it is,” Skitch says matter-of-factly. “No balls, no blue chips.”

vchang@ocweekly.com

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