Santa Cruz announced that Henry Gartland has passed away at 21 years old. Henry has always stood out as one of the most dedicated skaters anyone ever worked with, and his drive was unparalleled. RIP Henry.

Read Santa Cruz’s announcement after the jump:

“Trying to find the words to express how heartbroken we are right now feels almost impossible. How can you try to describe someone who made you feel so much? Henry Gartland was our family. We all loved and will always love him so much. A loving brother, a caring son, a wonderful friend and one of the most amazing skateboarders that we had all seen. Henry was someone who never lost sight of who he was and what he cared about. We are all deeply saddened by our loss. A loss that we share with all of the skateboarding community. We understand that in a moment like this we all want to know why. But the truth is, we may never know. So in this moment we ask that you take the energy and the time you’d spending asking why to check in on those closest to you and ask them how they’re doing. Your friends, your family, your community. We will miss you more than you can ever know Henry, just know that we will carry you with us forever. Please respect the privacy of his family and our team as we all process this.


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