Chicago skateboarding legend Fred “Ludwig” Wagner died Wednesday at his home in St. Louis, Illinois, a spokesman said.
Wagner was 69.
He was an avid surfer, skater and surfer-turned-surfer.
Wagner and his wife of 43 years, the late Barbara “Barbie” Wagner, had two daughters, Kayla and Megan.
Wagner’s death is a blow to his surfing legacy, and a tribute to his wife and daughter, the spokesman said in a statement.
Wagner spent more than 40 years in the U.S. Navy, including two tours as a radio operator aboard the USS Missouri.
He had two sons, David Wagner and Paul Wagner.
Wagner is survived by his wife Barbara and their daughters Kayla, Megan and Paul.
Wagner retired from the Navy in 2011.
In 2013, he launched his first successful venture into the world of skateboarding, the Fred Wagner Tour, and the company’s first North American tour in 2015.
His new venture, Skateboard World, was born.
The company has since become one of the largest skateboarding tours in the country, and is one of four companies to win two U.A.E. Pro Tour events, the Tour of California and the Tour International.
The Tour of Canada, which was a major event in Wagner’s career, has not been held since 2008.
The U.K.-based company had a record-breaking first year of operations in 2017 with five top-10 events in California and seven in the Tour de France.