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467: Delaware Water Gap Vert Facility: Gets bowled in for 2010.

 

The new Bowled end at DWG Vert Facility…. Here is the BEFORE shot

Photography by Paul Puccio

Remember how exciting it was when the ramp got a new layer!! Maaaan have times changed…Looks like Allen Gibson has decided to Bowl up the entire deep end of his Masterpiece….Looks like The East Coasters have it all wrapped up now…Bucky has his concrete Heaven out West and AG has his Wooden Vert Facility on the East…You do know you can Skate this…right? (On Saturdays only) Email me.

Jason

Allen “Guts n Glory” Gibson he has his home court dialed in

Irene Ching Vert Roller Skatings reigning Queen and Spokesperson.

If you Vert Rollerskate or Vert Skate and you  do not know of her….then you must! CLICK HERE

243: It was always Papo, Pup and Jeremy…..Irene Ching

It was always Papo, Pup and Jeremy or some combination of the 3, adding in sometimes Andy (Kess) and James Minor.
These were the NYC heads riding vert ramps then, covering the tri-state area (NJ, PA, CT). Most times, I was just lucky enough to score a seat in the car going wherever, it didn’t matter, we were gonna skate there. They always knew where some vert was stashed and how to get to it. So many backyard ramps around then, now they seem pretty scarce, nothing taller than a six foot. I’m glad my son got to skateboard and travel with me on some of these adventures. It was the real deal that most young skaters miss out on today. I’ve gotta get some pics and vids next time we get together and skate. We might get a kick out of it 20 years from now when it appears on The House of Steam.

Irene

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Puppethead Jaime Affoumado

Jaime Affoumado “PUPPETHEAD” Washington Square Park 70’s

Papo and James Minor

Catalino Cappiello “Papo” Fort Lee NJ

James Minor Fort Lee NJ

Jeremy Henderson The House of Steam

Jeremy Henderson Staten Island? Circa, Hmmmm?

Irene Ching Staten Island 1978

Irene Ching Staten Island SkatePark 1978<==== Yar!!!

Jay Irenes son in The Bronx skating

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Thanks Irene!!!

I cant believe I used all these pics for one post. I could have made months worth of posts out of them, but thats not how we roll at THOS. These pics and your(Irene’s) words tell a story now..and thats the point, really. My recollection of all these people were through Tom Groholski brining them out to NJ, and meeting them in NY with Weep (My first Tofu Chilli dog with Papo) Its crazy to look back on how much skating you did in so many places. The ambassadors of NY SKATE, so much more then just Tom’s friends from NY now. What you said about traveling is true it was about road tripping back then an meeting people, not so much getting dropped off at skate camp for the summer.

Well anyway we have more pics from these Horsmen of the Skate Apocalypse Im gonna post this week so lets hear some comments and send some pics an writings in!!!

P.S.Puppets pic was a bit old school so here is one of him ripping!!!!

Puppethead photo jason oliva 1987

PuppetHead “Jaime Affoumado” 1987 Girl Ramp NJ

Photo Jason Oliva

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

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206: Vert Roller Skating: Irene Ching, Duke Rennie, and Team Steam’s (Jah Steam/Southern Divisions) Brian Wainwright

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Irene Ching Santa Monica Cove 2007

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Duke Rennie Frontside air Santa Monica Cove 2007

Hi Jason,

I’ve been out in LA skating, just getting back to reality here in NYC.
I will send you my collection of photos, both past and present.
And with more patience, I will write some stories for your fabulous site.

Pic of me and the frontside air is Duke Rennie (famous vert rollerskater from the 80’s)
at Santa Monica “The Cove”.

Thanks alot, Irene

Since Irene is going to contribute her amazing photos to The House of Steam it is only fair to  shine a light on something she holds near an dear in return (i.e)…Vert Roller Skating.

“But what does Vert Rollerskating have to do with The House of Steam?” you ask. Well for starters Irene Ching is an NYC/Barn local from day one and  Brian #1 in the world Wainwright is on TEAM STEAM…..

Let’s reference the Team Steam Charter of 1987:

Steam Charter

There it is in red and white. Brian Wainwright Vert Rollerskater extraordinare a Team Steam member.

(We will come back to Brian, I just wanted to establish our VR cred at  THOS)

Vert Rollerskating is pretty sick especially when  folks skate frontside.  Try standing up with your heals together and imagine doing a frontside tick… its crazy.

Duke Rennie is one of the greatest Vert Roller Skaters of all time and you can read all about him here.

in addition here is some You Tube video action from their session.

Tomorrow:

Brian Wainwright and Monster Roll!

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172: THE House of Tom!!: EAST COAST PRIDE by Tom Groholski.

EAST COAST PRIDE

 

Skateboarding was way underground back in the early 80’s

after the parks closed and lots of people bailed. The fire was not

out though, not in our neck of the woods. Ramps were built in

backyards, the woods, and, yes, even barns. If you wanted to

skateboard in the Northeast, you had to work for it — build it yourself —

get out there and help others build theirs, and get it going.

The weather was also a huge obstacle. Rain was always a bummer,

but snow and ice was where it got interesting. Shovel the ramp before

the driveway. When the driveway and sidewalk were done, the ramp would

be dry. Chipping ice and melting it with space heaters was common.

Getting to ride was the payoff.

The one place shovels weren’t needed though, was the Barn. The

Kane brothers, along with Jay “Damn it!” Henry and the future Team Steam,

beat the elements with a 12′ wide, 8′ tranny, and 1′ vert ramp with angle iron

for coping. 12′ Wide was cool, but 16′ was better, and soon the ramp was

widened, layered with masonite and topped with pipe coping on the dark

side and some chunky rock top pool coping on the other.

From my vantage point, I couldn’t see the coping on the next wall

from the deck due to the beams that held the lights and the barn together.

Your hands would sometimes hit the beam if you flailed. Bats would fly,

rats, possums and raccoons dug the place and kept it interesting.

Skating at night was a bonus, but when someone would trip over the

extension cord outside, you’d better hope you weren’t riding.

You never knew who would turn up. The door would open

and “No way!” You were greeted by friends you haven’t seen in a

long time. The locals would session all of the time, but Wednesdays

and Saturdays were when the out-of-towner’s would know there would

be a session. Heavy sessions went down. Total aggression. Punk and

metal blasted, and so did the skaters. It was all happening fast, so you’d

better be paying attention.

Unreal times, great memories, and lifelong friendships, all thanks

to skateboarding. Talk about East Coast pride — mine stems from the

places we built and rode, but most importantly the people I’ve been

fortunate to get to know along the way.

Tom Groholski

For The House of Steam 2007

Tom Groholski Barn 85 Jason oliva The House of steam

Tom Groholski 85 The Barn NJ

Photo by I CHING

Not gonna say much here, Tom said it all…

I will add though the chunky pool coping was taken off of my folks back yard pool!!

thanks Mom and Dad.

Along with this crazy good essay Tom has sent us 12 seriously vintage photos so lets call it The House of Tom while I get em all posted.

Thanks to Wendy and Tony for getting it all together…(Check out Squindo.net)

Squindo Skull The House of Steam

and Tom for the big Ole stamp of approval!!! You Rule!!

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169: Irene Ching!! Hail Hail the gangs all here. Circa 86 The Barn NJ

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Irene Ching circa 86 The Barn, NJ

Hi Jason,

I wanted to submit some photos of the Barn for your great website.

I had the pleasure of skating with Dennis and Jimmy Kane this past Saturday (July 7, 07) at the Delaware Gap facility.
It has been some 20 years since I’ve seen them last. Wow! It was a good time with Papo and Pup
(puppetsjazzbar.. clicky..jason) sessioning, too.
Of course, I brought my old collection of photos to show them, and that’s when they told me to contact you.
I hope they can be of use. I do have more pics of the Barn.

Thanks and keep up the great work,

Irene Ching

So I get introduced to Allen Gibson (DG Skate Facility) through mutual friends in NYC. Allen knows Menditto, Boyle..etc etc. I introduce him to Jimmy and Dennis Kane. They go to skate and Papo, Pup, and Irene are all there….too cool!!!

Irene has sent in some of the best pictures of The Barn to date and has a ton more for us!

Cant wait…here is a sample of the gems:

Jim Murphy jason oliva the house of steam barn 86

Jim Murphy The Barn circa 86

Pre Dread Zorlac John Gibson riding Jim Murphy!

Nice one Irene!!

PS..If you are in any of these photos send us a comment or an email! We are looking for you!!

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