Well-Known Skateboarder Dies of Injuries From OB Skatepark

by on October 9, 2014 · 9 comments

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Marc DelellisMarc Delellis Died of Injuries From Head Injury From Monday

A very well know skateboard, Marc Delellis, died Tuesday from injuries he suffered at the OB Skatepark on Monday, October 6th. The 39 year old had been hospitalized with a head injury at UC San Diego Medical Center, where he passed.

Known to many as “Shockus”, he was the global marketing director for C1RCA, a San Clemente-based skateboarding apparel company.

Here’s what the company posted on its facebook page about Delellis:

Marc “Shockus” Delellis – RIP in Peace

Shockus was a fixture in the San Diego skateboarding scene, a masterlensman/jack of all trades who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help create awesome videos, teams and good times. From Osiris to Tiltmode, Vox to CCS, to his present job at C1rca, (he even edited a King of the Road DVD,) Marc was always making things happen with creativity, kindness and a twinkle in his eye.

There are countless skaters who would not have the opportunities and lives they are enjoying today if not for Marc’s friendship, guidance and support. He was a true skater to the end, but most importantly, he was our friend. We will miss him dearly and our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Delellis was also called “a fixture in the San Diego skateboarding scene …” and “countless skaters who would not have the opportunities and lives they are enjoying today if not for Marc’s friendship, guidance and support,” in Thrasher magazine.

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Carolina Bump October 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

It is with sadness that he passed but he was able to help others. Marc Delellis registered as an organ donor and was able to help save the lives of others through his generous donation. I would like to thank his family for supporting this cause during their time of grief. His spirit will live on in others. Regards


Frank Gormlie October 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

RIP Marc Delellis – . There have been so many deaths around the Peninsula of late: Marc’s, the bicyclist in the Midway area, the lobster diver in Mission Bay, the young woman at the on-ramp to I-8. I cringe at all the risks people take – and can only hope that Marc’s passing will give reckless skateboarders pause, will get bicyclists to stop at red lights and stop signs, and will get young people to be more careful around the exit and entrance at I-8 and OB.


John October 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Maybe more on point, for the people in those activities to WEAR A HELMET. When they passed a juvenile helmet law years ago I ensured I never rode my bicycle without one because my next door neighbors had two boys about 7 and 9 and I wanted them to think everyone naturally wore helmets.
One episode of MTVs “scarred” had a professional boarder comment about his biggest regret over the incident where he badly fractured his arm:
“I am really pissed at myself for not wearing a helmet.”
But he broke his arm!
“When I was in physical rehab I was always improving. I was going home. There were many guys with bad head injuries. They werent going to get better. They werent going home. ”
The Reader had a cover story some years (5?) ago, about a local skateboarder with a head injury. I believe it was called “broken skull, broken heart”?
I highly recommend it to any parent with a child who skateboards without a helmet.


OB Mercy October 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I posted about Shockus today on the Facebook page, Social Ocean Beach. Seems there will be a Memorial Skate Jam for him, here is the page for the info. Just copy and paste into your browser window.



bob dobbs October 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

wow bummer . i was never a skateboarder but always had friends that did .
lobster diver ?


Rob October 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Yeah Bob, my buddy took a couple dudes lobster diving and one guy couldn’t make it back up, left a wife and 2 kids.


Marcy Tilmann October 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Thank you John for your reply on Frank’s post above. You are so right and to the point…Helmets Save Lives. My heart goes out to the family & friends of Marc ‘Shockus’ Delellis. I know the pain they are going through. I lost my son, Ian Lee Tilmann 28 yrs old, in 2005 from traumatic brain injuries suffered in a longboarding accident…Ian was NOT wearing a helmet. My husband & I have been working very hard over the past 9 yrs to inform skateboarders about traumatic brain injuries. Yes, my son died doing something he loved & that gives us some comfort, but his death was so easily preventable. If he had worn a helmet, he would still be here to do what he loved so very much. It is estimated that over 200 skateboarders per year lose their lives to skating without a helmet & over 23,000 went to emergency facilities in 2009 with head injuries according to the most recent statistics by the CPSC. In our son’s memory, we formed The Ian Tilmann Foundation (a Public Charity based in Florida & registered in California). The Ian Tilmann Foundation promotes helmet use by skateboarders through the Helmet For A Promise program. The Foundation has provided over 5,000 skateboarders nationwide with a free helmet & has saved at least 30 lives based on testimonials received. If you are interested in learning more about The Ian Tilmann Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.theiantilmannfoundation.org. To all skateboarders everywhere remember to always SKATE SMART…WEAR A HELMET…LIVE TO SKATE TOMORROW!tm


John October 28, 2014 at 4:49 am

I am sorry to hear of your tragic loss but heartened to hear you have made something positive of it by trying to educate others. I think all too often people associate such protective gear with a lack of skills, as if helmets are only for people who arent good and fall down. They have to be trained to think pros wear helmets because they have the experience to realize you cant control a projectile when it is airborne and its usually going headfirst.
Anyway here is a link to that Reader article.
http:// m.sandiegoreader.com/news/2010/apr/21/cover/?templates=mobile
It details how even for those lucky enough to survive their lives change forever.
I also can’t stress enough to adults, its up to us to set an example for the youngsters. Even though no law requires it wear a helmet so kids do too.


teresa waters February 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of this skater.

The fatalities in the USA of skateboarders who die from injuries sustained while skateboarding can be found on our website.

The majority of deaths are from hit and run vehicle drivers, causing massive blunt force trauma to the body.

Safe skateboarding venues and safe transportation options for skateboarders who use their boards for transportation need to be discussed.


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