RIP IN PEACE: KeChaud Johnson

Kechaud Johnson Potrait by Bence Feher 2000Photo: Feher

08/20/1987 – 12/12/2023

KeChaud was truly a force of nature. For those that had the pleasure of knowing him knew he was in a league of his own. Chaudie’s style of skating turned spots that seemed impossible into his own brand. It became common to hear people say, “Oh, that’s a KeChaud spot, for sure!” The man skated like he lived, larger than life. He really changed the game for skateboarding in Texas, if not around the world. We are all at a great loss without him and he will be missed dearly. His impact was so immense that he will continue to live on in all those that had the chance to experience his prensence. I'm forever grateful to have had you as a friend, KeChaud. Horsepower forever.
Victor Nelson

KeChaud's D.R.E.A.M. part is nothing but bangers. Get a rewatch and appreciate the power

It’s hard to talk about KeChaud without bringing up one of my earliest memories with him. It was at Eisenbergs indoor park in Plano, Texas. He was blasting the fattest airs over the spine and smashed out the ceiling lights from popping so high. His pop and power in skateboarding was unmatched. He was always so stoked on skateboarding and never let anyone’s opinions deter him from wearing what he wanted and doing the tricks he wanted. His dedication was unreal. He would drive an hour to show up to the park for the last 15 minutes before close, just to shut the entire park down—I mean really tear it up. As much passion as he had on his board is as much as he carried with his family and his friends. A true legend, and even better friend, we lost one of Dallas’ finest. Fly high, brother.
Michael Tang and Adrian Hodge

KeChaud showed up in a big way to hit the pro ranks for Darkstar

I think we all know how amazing and powerful KeChaud was on a skateboard, so I won’t even mention that. KeChaud was genuinely such a good-ass dude. He would be not only a great friend, but a natural mentor to so many people around him. One notable thing about KeChaud is his support to the youth and next generation of skaters. KeChaud was always down to be silly and goofy, but one thing he took serious was helping others grow. He would give lessons to younger skaters and just offer guidance and support well beyond what was ever expected. He was a true, genuine friend who left us way too early. If there’s anything we carry out from KeChaud’s legacy, it would be guiding and supporting the next generation of skaters and anyone around you, for that matter.
Gauge Doisher

Kechaud Johnson Smith by Bence Feher 2000Big steppin' in his home state of Texas, this Smith has everything he was about. RIP, KeChaud     Photo: Feher
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