Category Archives: Chris Miller

590: Jeff Roenning has built/owned more ramps than you!

Jeff Roenning on one of his Epic Ramps NJ late 80’s

Jeff Roenning has built more personal backyard ramps than anyone I can think of. They were always taller, wider and longer  then anyone’s around as well. I cant tell you how often the alliteration Roenning’s Ramp has been used. Prior to attending the Watchung Hills Regional High School Skate Academy (where we all came together) I was dragged to church on Sundays by my Mother and one day en route I spied one of Jeff Roenning’s Mega Ramps. At the time I was riding Lackland’s – an 8 foot wide ramp along with Rocky Vertone and some other friends. It was in  the woods near to my house (only a 45 minute skate) and I had not met Jeff yet because we attended different Junior High schools.

One Saturday I took the two hour skate journey to Jeff’s – I walked into his backyard unannounced with a friend and just started skating (didnt even ring the bell) that is how it worked back then. Jeff came out and started ripping…my friend and I had not conquered dropping in yet so we did not talk much that afternoon with Jeff on the platform and me starting from the flat but I do recall him asking me “Have you been to the Barn?…

Rocky Vertone, Jason Oliva, Jeff Roenning (Deer in the Headlights) watching Christian Hosoi skating

After that day I went on to ride Roenning’s Ramps (starting with number five) and we have been friends ever since. When I showed up in High School a year or two later I was introduced to Tag, Corn, Weep, The Kanes, The Padulos, The McDowalls, The Pruskowski’s, Taylor, Tom, Murph, Bernie,Darren,Jay Henry, John Ballon, Papo, Jaime,Jeremy, Irene (the NYC crew) and then a further cast of out of State characters(PA,MD,VA,TX,CA,MA,CT,DC..etc etc) plus all those younger then us(and this list continues to grow). Jeff is currently building ramp number eight, a  mini ramp in his backyard built completely with wood salvaged from the Santa Cruz dump…you can’t shake that [En-Jay] DIY spirit it seems. Jeff also has a killer website about skateparks in CA Mostly Roundwall so check it out.

I have attached some photo’s of Jeff’s ramps I will try to add all 7.

Jason Oliva Artist

PS

Alot of people rode Jeff’s ramps back in the day Hosoi, Miller, Roskopp, Groholski to name a few:

Christian Hosoi Jeff Roenning’s Hill Crest Ramp (Circa 1986)

Chris Miller on Roenning’s Ramp- Jeff on Deck circa mid 80’s

King George – The First

Valley View – The Second

Number three!

Need a pic of Number four

Dan Tag hard at work on Number 5 (The first one that had some modern thought to it)

Number 5 underway

Glorious number Five

Mountain Ave ramp – Loads of vert and number 6

The Epic Hill Crest – Winter, Lucky Number Seven

The Epic Hill Crest – Spring

Santa Cruz 2010……Number 8!

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557: YouTubeSkate- Houston SUAS 1991 Vert Contest




459: 1991 SUAS Houston TX BBC Footage: Buster Halterman and Darren Menditto Killing it…Oh yeah Chris Miller, Lance Mountain,Omar Hassan,Chris Gentry,Mike Frazier, Bod Boyle, Tony Hawk, Dave Leroux, Remy Stratton, and Eric Nash

This contest footage is amazing and apparently newly released from the BBC.  Look at Buster Halterman and Darren Menditto (1:20 run!)killing it. I think this is some real important footage…Examine the year 1991! Let’s face facts vert skating at this point was in the decline that late 80’s wave that saw people like Groholski all over the mags is over. A lot of folks headed off for college since there was no real industry to earn a living from. Forgetting about that just look at the skating, you can see the trick modernisation that would come in the next year or two creeping in and the influences of people like Groholski and their emphasis on less crowd pleasing lip tricks creeping in (Bod Boyle frontside ollie to grind over the channel for instance, tough trick little point recognition I suppose, Look at Hawks run’s) Not a lot of kick turning on  the invisible vert as Groholski would put it. Great stuff here it would not be soon after that a handful of skaters would start adding some mind blowing tricks to all this and the modernisation would be complete.  It is great to see Team Steam’s contribution to this transition, re-vert skating, lip tricks galore…and shades of whats to come.  You can write about this footage all day I guess…

Enjoy watching all this, I know I did.

Jason Oliva Artist

PS : Dave Leroux! and  look at Miller just travelling on the ramp…crazy.

You can see the results at the end of the last video…and check out the princely sums they were killing their bodies to obtain. Well done gentlemen, well done!

Thanks to Pete Furnee and his eagle eye!

417: Chris Miller Planet Earth 1991

361: Chris Miller and Buster Halterman 1991 Leckwith Cardiff (South Wales) Planet Earth Demo

Chris Miller and Buster Halterman


Jason Oliva The House of Steam
Pete Furnee emailed me this gem 1991 Planet Earth demo in Cardiff, Wales.

Checkout the McTwist at the end.

Too Cool!!

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261: Chris Miller and Buster Halterman, Planet Earth Demo Leckwith Cardiff 1991

210: Vision Street Wear: Steve Caballero, Chris Miller, Mark Rogowski, Craig Johnson, Monty Nolder, Tony Magnusson, Eric Nash, Mike McGill, Micke Alba, Christian Hosoi, Nikki Guerrero, Eddie Elquera, Neil Blender, Jason Jesse, Tony Hawk,