If skating was born from surfing and surfing originated in Hawaii then Hawaii is skateboarding’s mecca. Jeff Grosso ends Season 10 with a deep dive into the roots of what we talk about when we talk about love.
The AGGRO ZONE by Neil Blender was, “The best thing Transworld ever did,” according to Grosso. In Six Stair’s ongoing effort to archive all things skateboarding, they’ve just completed scanning the first 10 years of Transworld Skateboarding. This is for those who never knew or need a reminder.
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.
“Vert ramp contests…they were fun for a while and then they weren’t. So they went away.”—Jeff Grosso.
Brazil has one of the best, oldest and coolest skate scenes in the world. Grosso and the Love Letters crew headed down to see how much of epic skate history they could uncover in 8 days. This is the longest episode ever and we barely scratched the surface of Brazilian skateboarding!
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.
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.
Back in the 1980’s the skaters of Venice Beach, California had to make due with what they had: an old abandoned pavilion on the boardwalk and a few scraps of wood. What they did with those limited resources helped change skateboarding forever.
Grosso’s not going off? That’s what he thinks. The editors have hours and hours of footage of Jeff speaking his mind and have edited some of their favorite outtakes together into one incoherent episode. Enjoy. Loveletters Season 10 returns in April, 2019.
From Toronto/PA/Texas. Everyone wanted a piece of Tom ‘The Rock’ Boyle in the early/mid 90s. He was one of the best. Grosso send love to our fallen brother.