577: Jeff Roenning’s Backyard skatepark Tom Groholski deck

Jeff Roenning NJ Backyard circa early 80’s

Killer shot of Jeff Roenning making those first ventures onto the invisible transition that lied above the coping. Piloting the original Vision Tom Groholski ‘Jersey Devil’ board as well. So many people road this board back in the day..everyone I went to High School with and Mike V for starters. Tom’s backyard ramp was the only ‘public’ skatepark in existence at the time when this board was out so it was like if you went to Graceland and Elvis gave you a TCB necklace…you wore it. There was no  Euro or paypal back then Groholski decks were the preferred currency of choice.  Before going to The Barn I road the magazine boards myself…First Steve Olsen then Tony Hawk for example but something changes when you see people like Murph, Tom, Tag, Herring,Bernie, Jay and John Ballon amongst others skate in person. Suddenly you want to ride the boards you see clanking the coping and flying past your chin while standing on the deck…it was no longer the California fantasy of the mags (I credit Jeff Turko for that phrase) which made one think if I had that I could do that…. it switches immediately after you see some one  like Tom skate in person to ….if I ride that I have no excuse for not being able to do that other then my own abilities and ambitions. Seeing people ride the gear like that in person put the emphasis back onto the person where it belonged. Skating ability is so democratic if you were good the board just didnt matter..I once saw Bernie do his entire repertoire of tricks at Ocean City while riding some kids long board…wish I had a video camera that day…inverts to fakie on a 4 foot skateboard is a site to behold. Anyway were was I?…Oh yeah its a simple equation of this begets that.

When in person-Seeing this(photo by Dave Padulo):

Begets that:

Then when you actually Beget(Father) something it leads to bequeathing to them this via ebay(for their bedroom):

and the beat goes on…as long as this graphic doesn’t give your kids nightmares (let us know Dave)

This really should have been a Board Hall of Fame post… I will remedy that soon

Jason

PS. JR has re-discovered a box of old media so the Skate.Jpeg business is good!

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