Category Archives: Dave Padulo

565: The House of Steam’s Skatenginerds presents…SCIENCE!!

Thanks to pvd wiki!

So Dave Padulo drained his backyard pool and discovered the transitions were just too tight to get any Tony Alva NJ Fantasy Pool Skate Camp Sessions going….Pity really. We have a bit of a behind the scenes daily/weekly email thread going on here at THOS and when he Dave announced he could not imagine how tight the transitions were I said “Hold on” no need to imagine…this is Science! We cant manage what we cant measure! What would DaVinci think ….so empowered by google we now know the following:

Did some field work when I got home today on the tranny formula.  The pool in the back yard isn’t a pure transition like a man made ramp so it’s hard to get that exact measurement of “h”.  But depending on how you put the yardstick down it’s some where between 3.5 inches and 4.25 inches and that translates to a tranny that’s around 3.5 to 4 feet…that’s pretty tight.

I also checked out how the formula worked on the quarter pipe in the drive way that I know to be a 7 ft tranny that I cut.  The formula suggested it was a 7.25 ft tranny based on a 1.875 inch measurement.  Pretty close. although hard to estimate the human error component

Pool
h (Inches) = 3.5 3.75 4 4.25
Transition (Feet) 4.00 3.76 3.54 3.35










Quarter Pipe


h (Inches) = 1.875


Transition (Feet)                                                                          7.28

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(For those of you who are interested Jeff Roenning is launching an IPhone app so you can make these calculations on the fly)… (Seriously he is!)

So a further calculation can now be made were by:

T= Transition in Feet

D= Disappointment level after draining pool.

If   T<3 feet, Then in any formula D=Pretty Frackin disappointing.

Jason Oliva

516: Blue Monday, More Fiber-Rider ramp fun…Silver Apple ramp Jersey Shore: Dave Padulo

Dave Padulo Silver Apple skate Shop Contest Jersey Shore

Jason

Love that vid Chuck posted.  I only met him once or twice but I always really liked him.  Total Renaissance man.  I still have a cassette tape of a bunch of McRad / McShred demos he did somewhere.  I barely knew him and it just showed up in my mail box back in the day.

But what the post reminded me of was…did I ever send you the color picture of me at the Silver Apple Skate Contest?  I found it when Jeff was in town and we were going through all the old photos.  It was just as I remembered.  That video of Chuck could have been the same freaking ramp too.  I’ll attach it again just in case.  Love the color in it..the blue ramp, my orange helmet, and my black Tommy G Jersey Devil board which he flowed me for getting him some pool coping.

Dave Padulo

Oh and what happened to that Vision Black Tom Groholski Jersey Devil board?

Sanded down and painted on (DOH!)…take that Wall Street Journal!

I wonder if Tom still has the pool coping…

Jason Oliva

PS

Lets not forget Post 442: Matt Padulo, Bernie O’Dowd, Jeff Jones and Harry Jumonji:

CLICK TO SEE POST 442

 


480: Saturday Night Live at The Barn – Circa 1986..Thanks to Mike Vallely

I’m not gonna say much about this video except thanks to Mike Vallely for getting this filmed back in the day and giving it to us for the archive and another thanks to Larry Ransom for his editing and THOS support throughout the years. Another big thanks goes to Dennis who after searching the web for this footage decided to go to the source and clinched it all. The still images are of Mikes early Vert days at The Barn and the song is Revolution Mother “Night Ride” (pretty fitting) If you comment with a time and a name I will create a gallery of screen grabs…I will get the ball rolling with an important one: 1:24 Weep on Deck.

Enjoy the show…The time is now!!

Jason Oliva Artist

Jason

This is great. Mike talks about the first video he was in. “Action East” If I remember correctly, they showed up at The Barn with all this high-end video, lights and sound gear. It was right in the middle of a hot session. I was like, “What the hell is this???”

The guy who owned the company was like, “Can we film a video here?” and I said, “What’s in it for me?” (as if I was going to say No). This was way beyond squeezing 10 bucks out of some squid for “the new layer.” So he flowed me a “No Fun Joe” deck, a t-shirt and some other free shit and I said, “Go for it!” Of course, our power situation was a 300 yard extension cord to the house that kept blowing out. The next contest I entered as….sponsored by Action East.

Let’s see if we can get this classic film posted.
DennisK


Skater by order of appearance:

1st couple stills Mike Vallely

Papo Capillo No Shirt Red Shorts

Dennis Kane Silver helmet after Papo…Big Indy Air later on

Jimmy Kane Yellow helmet white Tee no sleeves

Mike Vallely Yellow helmet layback air

Papo on roller skates?

Matt padulo Red shorts Layback Air/Backside Air

Tom Groholski Black Shirt Inverts/Layback Air

Bernie O’Dowd No Helmet Frontside air/Invert/Layback Air

Who does the big air with the pink helmet?

Loads of peeps on the deck and on the couch too



427: NJ High School Ditch, Weep & Corn, Tag, Rocky, Roenning circa 85 A Padulo Brothers Brigade film!

 

Hey Jason

SkateBoarding” Clip
That’s Tag to start. Looks like there a ton of people on the ground watching. Next is Rocky in the White Helmet. He always skated like Cab with that smooth style and crooked neck.  That’s Corn in the blue shirt and yellow helmet.  That’ Jeff Roenning in the white Zorlac shirt and yellow helmet. And I think thats weep sitting on the platform as Rocky chucks an air over his knees.  Next is Corn and Weeps at the Ditch. Corn said it’s the ditch by the highschool but I think it’s the one closer to Bridgewater on 78 East.  I could be wrong. This part kinda chokes me up watching it.  And then there’s the weird Kona part at the end. I know nothing about it.

The second part of the clip is at my ramp again and it’s Tag again.

I’m sure the people that did the original transfer just stuck it together with no rhyme or reason.  My folks still have the original film too.

Dave Padulo

Jason Oliva

Classic stuff! That is the ditch on route 78 across from Watchung Hills regional Highschool. 

Out the cafeteria (during lunch) and through the woods then it was just a quick  game of Frogger across 78 and you could skate for 15 minutes or so and have time to get back to class. Unless you went with Weep who would take one annoying long 15 minute run and leave you standing there to watch…Commmmmmaaaahhhhhhnnnnn WEEP!! enough already!…great times.

PS. The generic transfer music is too sad.

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Jason Oliva and Weep Sciving off from school: High School Ditch NJ…86’ish

Photo Ben Cornish

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373: Dave Padulo recalls his first trip to Groholski’s New Jersey Backyard ramp

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Whoaaa back foot, Tom Groholski in his Back yard circa 84 Matt Padulo looking on.

You know you’ve come full circle when you’re listening to Ride The Lightening in your car on the way to Woodward Skatepark with your two young boys in the back seat and your brother next to you telling them the story of the first time you heard the song. (For the record it was a Wednesday night at the Barn, Groholski walked in, popped in the cassette into the player by the door, and jump on the ramp with no pads LONG before it was fashionable.) It must have been the Metallica playing in the car and the 13ft half-pipe they had at Woodward that got me thinking of the The Jersey Devil himself, Tom Groholski, and his freakin monster ramp he had in his backyard. A few minutes poking around some boxes in my attic produced this footage from the one pilgrimage I made to Tom’s with some of the crew from Warren & Watchung.

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Tom, Dan Tag, Matt Padulo and Rocky Vertone

If this pic doesn’t capture a moment in time, I don’t know what one does. Tom extending a huge invert while Dan Tag, my brother Matt who must have been around 12 at the time, and Rocky Vertone look on, jaws dropped and speechless. I’m guessing this is probably either March 1984 or 1985. Maybe it was spring break. I remember it was cold and there were still a few last piles of snow around. It’s hard to put into words how TALL that ramp was. It took up the whole backyard and could be seen above some of the roofs in the neighborhood. It was the first huge tranny any of us had ever skated. Tom talks about how it came to his backyard in his Juice Magazine interview a few years ago. Good times.

Dave Padulo

 

Jason Oliva

Classic stuff!! I made the pilgrimage as well, driven by Dan Tag 2 or 3 years later. Tom’s was the tallest, slipperiest and most transparent ramp ever assembled. It made noises that no other ramp could muster. Tom ruled it and it seemed like when he was skating you could see him from across town. All the neighboring houses had boxed seats to view what was transpiring on the ramp. Needless to say I could barely manage to land any trick I knew at the time while Tag and Tom killed it. Normally I always traveled with a camera, not that day though. Nice one Dave, bet you wish you shot a whole roll!!

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340: Padulo’s first quarterpipe 1980(yikes) NJ Matt Padulo dusting off the Cobwebs at Skatetime 209

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Dave Padulo on their first ramp NJ 80’s

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Five sheets of plywood and several cords of firewood? I believe skate architecture has evolved into  more economic designs than this but hey it was all uncharted territory back then…you had to skate what you could build. 

JASON OLIVA

That’s me in freakin 1980 man!  London Calling, Freedom of Choice, Back In Black all just released into the world.  Hard to believe they were ever “new”.  Like us I guess. 

Dave

Checkout Matt today back in the saddle skating away with Dave and his Nephews up and down the East Coast.

 


334: and it was all probably just another random Wednesday at the Barn: PART 3

Dave Padulo Ben Cornish

Dave Padulo Mute air The Barn NJ (Wednesday night) Circa 1986

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Part 3 in our ongoing series of pictures. I am going to create a category called Wednesday Night for the interested parties to follow along. Here is a gem of Dave Padulo…Mute air on the pool coping side with Ben Cornish, Jimmy Kane and Stevie “D” Mannion looking on. The Padulo brothers had that mid eighties Tony Hawk thing going on. 

Stay tuned for a lot more!

Ps. Just counted there are over 166 skaters represented in The House of Steam  archive…crazy stuff!

Jason Oliva