Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s copers were cool… and then they weren’t. Learn the brief history of one of the more useful gimmicks in skateboarding.
Black Label Skateboards has been going for 30 years and is still going strong. Grosso gets nostalgic for the early 1990’s when John Lucero founded the company and Grosso was the resident pro.
Grosso sits down with FA’s Anthony Van Engelen to talk about the early 90s, big pants, small wheels, school yards, influences and life going full circle in this Loveletter to AVE.
Geoff Rowley has been pushing the limits of what is possible on a skateboard for more than two decades. In this episode Grosso sits down with Geoff to talk about “Going Big”, getting hurt, being scared, consistently pushing the boundaries and who and what gets him fired up to skate.
Canada has a long and deep skate history. From Montreal to Vancouver skaters have been ripping up north since the beginning of time. This episode is NOT a history of the Canadian skate scene! This is a Loveletter to some of the many great Canadians who have killed it from the 70s to today. Watch this and then put your phone down and take a trip to Canada.
“Vert ramp contests…they were fun for a while and then they weren’t. So they went away.”—Jeff Grosso.
Og De Souza is a big part of Brazilian skate history . His story IS skateboarding to its core… then, now and everywhere.
Mike Smith has had a big impact on skateboarding… He invented the Smith Stop and the Smith Vert! He also had a company in the late 80s called Liberty Skates. Grosso gives some love to one of his all time favorite skaters.
A look behind one of the most iconic grinds in skateboarding, performed by one of the most charismatic characters in skate history, Dave Hackett.
Skateboarding is freedom. In 1989 when George Powell, the owner of Powell Peralta Skateboards, flew to Beijing China was transforming from a closed market Communist society to an open global super power. George had one goal: to bring skateboarding to the biggest country in the world. The only problem: there were no skaters or skateboards anywhere in China.
The DIY concrete skatepark building revolution altered the course of skateboarding forever. Anything is possible when skaters unite and take over. In this episode of The Letters Jeff picked his 5 favorites and talked to the main players about how they got them going and what it takes to keep them standing.
Natas Kaupas was one of the skaters who led the charge in the mid 80’s away from the backyard ramps to the streets. We wanted to take a moment to insure no one ever forgets how radical and influential NATAS was.