Skate Videos | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

Skate Videos | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

100 thoughts on “Skate Videos | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

  1. so, jeff grossing, jason Jessee and mark gonzales talking about skateboarding…..doesn't get much better than that!!

  2. Hilarious that the most articulate guy in this video is French and speaks English as a second language. Grown men who have to say "like" five times while trying to spit out their idea are sad.

  3. Nice. So glad it's back!

    And fuck yeah 6 stairs! Steppin' up yer production game! The low-pro style was fun as hell too, but this is looking def a bit more polished.

  4. oh my god i've been trying for a looong time figuring out what's the song from the Skateboard Madness part. Somebody pleeease tell me the name !

  5. Anything Natas, the rubber boys, Hokus Pokus, and especially Frankie Hill! I could not sit still after watching it. Then after not skating for ten years I bought the Yeah Right DVD, and got the same feeling!

  6. One thing's for sure: video killed vert skating. The late 80s/early 90s street revolution was made possible by smaller and more affordable recording equipment becoming available. This, of course, allowed for crazy one-off video magic to be the stuff on which careers were based, rather than consistent contest skating. But vert also just doesn't translate as well to video: unless you're going out building crazy Danny Way-style ramps, you're going to be looking at the same skatepark environment for the whole part. Street skate videos, on the other hand, provided a glimpse into other cities and scenes, way before the internet made this possible. The excitement of street skating videos comes from seeing skaters put an urban environment to innovative use. That's why it's still not on to have park footie in a 'street' part. You don't really get the sense of speed and how crazy vert skating actually is by watching it on video, either.

  7. I dont really like watching skate videos anymore unless its of people I know. They all look the same to me now. But I do love making them.

  8. Well for us skate videos and even the cheesy movies from 70s-80s were gold as we lived in the sticks with the closest skatepark 2-3 hours away. Our only exposure was via the stills in Skateboarder/Transworld/Thrasher/etc. and the occasional clips on CBS sports, or even more comical shows like Charilie Angels or CHIPs. Made it difficult to try to mimic some of the more advanced stuff on our plywood monstrosities until we got access to videos. Especially the contest vids from the 80s so I'm thankful they came around. But I agree the last 15 yrs or so seems kinda pointless as you can find what you need online, but in those early days, even the most ridiculous of live action movies/videos were a God-send!

  9. Somebody tell Jeff to watch the pocket pistols video daydreamer i made. Maybe he'll hate it. You can find the video on my You Tube page.

  10. OK Grosso, the vids from the late 80's and early 90's ruled. Not all of us lived in the great skate utopia of California. Try growing up in a little town in Missouri that's biggest attraction was Walmart. Videos were like reading Thrasher, but it moved. Animal Chin blew our minds. Hocus pocus no words. Watching Lance skate was the best inspiration we ever had. We didn't have ramps. We had schools loading docks and ditches.
    Love you man but vids rule.

  11. Grosso, I know what you mean but I like the videos because I love skating, but am old and suck, and I never will be able to do any of this rad stuff, so I can live vicariously through these and pretend I can shred like Lance, Jason etc. this is shock and awe shit, and even though I won't be sailing through the air (on purpose) these vids get me stoked to get out there.

  12. Lance was soo Gnarly..He didn't seem as stiff as Rodney or Cab or McGill..
    *Still looking for that Rare Lance Mountain Adidas

  13. Embarrassing to admit, but 'thrashin' had me and my crew dressing up and actin like the 'daggers' at one stage there. Spiderweb grip and we even had a fukn joust skate fight down at the drains. It was the only real skate movie we could get our hands on in our housing commission estate (lego land) here in Australia. Only the rich kooks had the 'animal chins' and 'future primitives' on VHS. Funny shit.
    Magazine were the BOMB for us, we were just being blown away by sum of them photos. A magazine is sumthin us poor kids COULD afford. Vids were awesome too tho. Public Domain was very cool…Skating is so sick.

  14. I tell yas one thing that is REALLY shit about todays film camera work, is that EVERYTHING over the last 5 years (at least) is filmed with stupid fukn FISH EYE- widescreen crap. Am i seriously one of the only people seeing it. It sucks so hard.
    After watching this and realizing the wonderful difference in NORMAL lens, im blown away on how brainwashed everyone is by GO PRO, advertising and 'fitting in with the crowd' mentality.

    Get rid of the fish eye wide screen and everything will have normal perspective like in the early vids and LIKE IT SHOULD. Just remember sumthin…they got EVERYONE using this dumb widescreen 'sports mode' setting now…Skaters, skydivers, surfers, climbers etc etc…like blind goats, people just follow, buy, consume and follow. So much footage over the last 5 years in these areas is almost unusable. Especially the surfing, climbing and skating. Fish eye footage was a gimmick in the late 80's early 90's. It was only meant to be used here and there for 'arty' type shots and to give ILLUSION that the trick is much more intense than reality. A GIMMICK. A LIE even, deceptive footage…Sum fun….NOT 24/7. . Go Pro has tricked everyone into buying and using these things. It is truly terrible footage…ANY wide screen footage is TERRIBLE. Its useless. Makes ya dizzy, cant tell up from down at times and EVERYTHING is warped, bent and twisted. Things just a couple of meters away look like they are miles off. Useless crap.
    Get a normal camera or see if you can change it to normal lens. Go Pro has pulled a fast one on everyone…what i don't understand is WHY don't people see it? Are people truly this stupid?… Yes, THEY ARE.

    You are all trying to make the footage AND the skater look better than it/he truly is…EVERYONE is doing it…..scamming the watcher into thinking its MORE amazing than real life….get over it for fuks sake. Turn the setting over to NORMAL or whateva its called. Its getting SOOO monotonous. Fuk people are so seriously dumb and self absorbed these days. I hope this gets thru to someone out there…honestly fed up with this crap footage that EVERYONE is posting now.

  15. Victims of intolerance? Really? Comparing yourself to Rodney King is a bit of a stretch. Pampered snowflakes.

  16. 1980s contest footage is always cool. future primitive was awesome. i dont like production films of skaters unless its live contest type un-edited non-peralta footage. close ups of manual flip-tricks is annoying as hell.

  17. 6:19 Grosso looks like a little kid embarrassed cause daddy Hawk caught him talking shit. Tony's not mad, he's just disappointed.

  18. Who is Bogarting the "Duel In The Desert" vert contest footy from that Tempe AZ water park? Dorfman? Hoffman? The Man?!?!
    It's a very historical contest, bcuz Miller beat Hawk (came back from the Losers bracket 2X) without the 540. I have also been told that T-Mag got seriously overlooked by the judges. Regardless, it's a DAMN SHAME that such footy is not available in any format. The news of that contest traveled FAST

  19. the video parts I hate is when they wake up and brush their teeth before going to skate, or jump a fence and then put the griptape on

  20. I admit(proudly) that I don't have 1 single video part of myself since 1987 when I started…
    *im in a lot of videos others filmed (locals/regular Joes),, and most of the time they would be session on the fun box and I would skate fast around the WHOLE are/park etc and do a fast Manny or 5.0 on the funbox.. totally snaking them.. I used to do this a lot back in the day but haven't done it since 2018 ;D
    *Yeah I get triggered when I see the 18-21 year old kook with Elvis looking hair and skin tight super short shorts & his Nike, not landing shit because they try something too hard like Manny tre flip out/off fun box.. Where I may not do that but I can lipslide and nose,tail,blunt slide the box and roll away makes me happy….
    *Maybe i'll be nicer when I turn 50 in 5 years..

  21. Just my theory.
    Skateboarding is the ultimate peaceful stand against the system. Wood and metal used to grind away concrete, Skate and Destroy, literally. We wreck ourselves to obtain a tiny fraction of a second it takes to land whatever trick, we show our will power, our stubbornness and our soul,open for all to see. Yet nobody but a fellow soul-dier knows your mission, and how close you are to the existential victory over that unseen entity that represents that system. We're children riding toys to them. But to each other we are inventors, engineers, soothsayers, and one Tony Trujillo. SK8orDiE.

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