History Made at the 10th Year of Vans Pool Party

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Vans Pool Party 2014

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Grosso’s Love Letters Hits Chris Strople

Grosso’s Love Letters

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Grosso’s Love Letters

Skating in Oct. 2012Extra Loveletter to Strople’s Thrasher Cover

Vans Pool Party 2013

Roy YerkesThe Vans Pool Party of 2013 was another installment of the most electrifying skateboarding ever witnessed. The intensity and mayhem may not have been believable in the days of yor, but in the modern world where it can be broadcast to your living room via the world wide web, many thousands around the globe would agree with the skaters, media, and frothing fans in attendance that this event is better then all the rest. Read more

Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters – to DIY Skateparks

Vans Celebrates 20 Years of Steve Caballero

Half Cab

Photos by Anthony Acosta/Vans

Vans Celebrates 20 Years of Steve Caballero and the Half Cab, Skate’s Most Iconic Shoe, at the House of Vans Thursday Night

More than 1,000 friends and family descended upon the House of Vans in Brooklyn Thursday, October 4 to salute Steve Caballero and 20 years of the most iconic shoe in skateboarding — the Half Cab. The crowd immersed themselves in a night of music, art and skateboarding in conjunction with the first-ever BOWL-A-RAMA NYC this weekend at Pier 62 Skatepark. Steve Caballero and the Half Cab are the focus of a year-long celebration with special releases monthly during 2012. The history of the Half Cab and information on the latest incarnation available this month, the Vans x Metallica Half Cab, can be found at vans.com/halfcab20.

Agent Orange with Steve Caballero

Agent Orange with Steve Caballero

The Drunk Injuns

The Drunk Injuns



Hosoi Mountain and Grosso

Hosoi Mountain and Grosso

A full photo recap from last night: http://skate.vans.com/news/2012/oct/half-cab-20th-anniversary-party-photo-recap/

Highlighting the night was a legendary skate rock lineup headlined by seminal three-piece punk outfit Agent Orange joined for the night by Caballero himself. Tony Alva and G.F.P with members of Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks and D.F.L. got the evening started, while originators of Skate Rock, Drunk Injuns, kept the show rolling in between as many of the world’s best skaters took turns in the House of Vans bowl.

Partygoers entered and were surrounded by the TWENTY photo exhibition curated by Lance Dawes featuring classic images of skaters wearing the Half Cab and photographed by luminaries Anthony Acosta, Atiba Jefferson, Ben Colen, Bryce Kanights, Dave Swift, Gabe Morford, Jai Tanju, Lance Dawes, Luke Ogden, Mike O’Meally, MoFo and Rhino.

Cab also handpicked many of his favorite artists to lend their talents in an amazing collection of customized Half Cab shoes. Those featured included Andy Howell, Augie Pagan, Big Toe, Billy Bakker, Bobby Brown, Chris Pastras, Christine Benjamin, Danny Miki, Dirty Donny, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Jason Adams, Jason Janes, Jason Tingler, Jeral Tidwell, Jimbo Phillips, Johnny Rodriguez, Keith Meek, Lance Mountain, MoFo, Orly Locquaio, Greg "Pnut" Galinsky, Rich Luna, Shepard Fairey, Sid Enck, Taka Hayashi, Tony Squindo, and Tanner Goldbeck.

Half Cab Art & Photo Auction Benefitting A.Skate
Each of the photos and Half Cab shoes exhibited are being auctioned off with proceeds benefiting A.Skate which aims to conquer autism with skateboarding. See the catalog and bid on-line beginning Sept. 28 at eBay.com, search username: askatefdn.

Join the fight at askate.org.


Jeff Grosso Loveletter’s to Fakie (and Switch)

Grosso dissects the origins of the Fakie and Switch with the originators themselves, pros Eddie Elguera and Salman Agah.



From Over The Hill with The Walrus – 1985

Growing up in Alhambra in the summer of  85 was not your ordinary summer. That year my old man and I built my first quarter pipe/launch ramp. I call it a mix of both because the transitions were horrible and if you went too fast you could launch out of it. It had no coping and the wood could splinter the hell out of you if you weren t careful. I would bring it out every day and usually session by myself or with my friend Daniel Riggi. Read more

Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters to Skateboarding Teaser

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Pro Tec Pool Party 2005

The riders were skating like there is no tomorrow. Piles of money on the table. Rune and Patch doing full doubles runs un-planned nearly made me def from the crowd eruption. It really felt like a great moment in skate history was taking place.

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Bomb Drop 2005 Photo Gallery

(Greek – 3rd, greenwood, Grosso – 2nd, Galloway – 3rd)


Pro     Girls     Am  
Rank Rider Best Time Rank Rider Best Time Rank Rider Best Time
Benji Galloway
Jeff Grosso
Jimmy the Greek
Jesse Parker
Dave Hackett
Sean Mazza
David Allred
Kim Peterson
Heidi Kreis
Heidi Fitzgerald
Caylen Dakin
Lynn Kramer
Holly Lyons
Pam Brodowski
Andrew Mercado
Tyler Mumma
Stewart Graham
Jim Callans
John Lyttle
Joe G.
Ed Latus
Michael Kaelon

Amatuer Heat Scores

Tyler Mumma 25.69
Andrew Mercado 25.7
Stewart Graham 26.19
Jim Callans 26.43
Joe G 26.54
John Lyttle 27.19
Michael Kaelon 27.63
Ed Latus 27.99
Eric Rosendahl 28.39
Mark Anolik 28.64
Ron Foster 29.05
Christian Cooper 29.22
Dave Arnold 30.6
Eric Voldeng 32.02
Billy Deans DQ
Lance Walker DQ


Pro Heat Scores

Benji Galloway 24.87
Jeff Grosso 25.18
Jesse Parker 25.73
Dave Hackett 26.3
Jimmy the Greek 26.53
Dave Allred 26.69
Sean Mazza 26.83
Chicken 27.15
Pat Ngoho 27.56
Trace Lyttle 28.2
Dave Hegstrom 28.74
Billy Green 29.34
Rich Sanchez 29.42
Paul Santilli 30.16
Ben Butler 30.99
Don Hamilton DQ
Brad Edwards DQ
Many Thanks

Many Thanks to the following companies for their generosity and support of the Concrete Disciples Death Race!!!

Paying Sponsors:

Black Label

Old Star Skateboards

Sacrifice Skateboards

Punk Rock Skateboards

Skaterbuilt Skateboards

Cowboy Punk Skateboards

Rocket Bearings

Additional Sponsors:

Gravity Skateboards



Madrid Skateboards

Scum Skateboards

Pocket Pistol Skateboards


Lynn Kramer, Dave Hackett, Chicken, Dave Hamm, DJ Cesar, The City of Palm Springs, Todd and Tammy, My Mom, Shannon, Christian Cooper, Andrew Mercado, John Lucero & Black Label, Flaherty’s, Ron and Moe, CIA crew, Sonjia, Monica, Brad and David Robarge, Tiger, Sumdum Surfer, and everyone else who lent a hand in keeping things fun and under control. We couldn’t have pulled this off without all the help.




Full Pads are required by the City of Palm Springs and State of CA. and will be enforced – Sorry ~ No Exceptions!

Weather Watch – Web Cams


Registration and Death Race practice to begin at 10 a.m.

The Timed Qualifying will begin @ 12 noon.

The Death Race Should finish by 5 p.m.

The Bowl Jam will follow immediately After.

We may award some additional Bowl Jam Cash for Best Ripper or Best Trick

Entry Fees:

Pro: $30 ($25 for current SPAUSA members)

Am: $20 ($15 for current SPAUSA members)

($5 will be deducted if you are currently a member of the SPAUSA who is our insurance carrier)

All entrants are welcome to skate the rest of the park (Mostly the Flow Bowl and the Nude Bowl Replica) during the races.


Sunrise Plaza Park a.k.a. Palm Springs Skatepark

401 South Pavilion Way

Palm Springs CA.


10 East and take the 111 South toward Palm Springs. Stay straight to go onto N. Palm Canyon Dr. (1.50 miles) Turn LEFT onto E TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY. 1.07 miles Turn RIGHT onto S SUNRISE WAY. 0.25 miles Turn LEFT onto E BARISTO RD. 0.25 miles Turn RIGHT onto S PAVILIAN RD. 0.09 miles


Hotels, Camping (Joshua Tree is pretty far and that’s where these camp sites are. Still looking for something closer)

These hotels fairly cheap and very close to the action. under 2 miles for the screening and the skatepark:

Palm Springs Travelodge

(760) 327-1211

333 E. Palm Canyon Dr.

Palm Springs, CA 92264 US

or try

Vagabond Inn Palm Springs

(760) 325-7211

1699 Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92264 US

After party is a Flaherty’s Bar & Grille

(approx. 1 mile from the park.)


Take East Ramon, The street that runs next to the skatepark West to Indian Canyon Drive. Make a right and it’s in the first driveway on your right.


Flaherty’s Bar and Grill, 436 S. Indian Canyon Drive, 325-4913.

The Duane Peters Movie ‘Who Cares’ will start promptly at 9:30 p.m.

Duane Peters - Who Cares

Dogtown & Z-boys Movie Premiere Party

This was our second radical skateboard event in a week that we were lucky enough to get an invite to. These none XTREME events and parties are really what skateboarding is all about.

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Independent Trucks presents Bellmar’s Bowl 20 Years Deep jam

Independent Trucks presents Bellmar’s Bowl 20 Years Deep jam:
Featuring Steve Alba, Peter Hewitt, Jeff Grosso, Darren Navarrette, Sam Hitz, Lance Mountain, Al Partanen, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan, Micke Alba, Eric Nash, Cara Beth Burnside, Josh Borden, Pat Ngoho, Crazy Kyle, and Jay Haizlip

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