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145: Rodney Smith contributes to the Noside Skate Jam Discussion (Steve Kasper does a street plant on a cop car) and adds a little history about the dawning of The SHUT era too!

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Jim Murph, Rodney Smith Mike Valelly and Steve Kasper Noside (EDISON NJ) Skate Jam 1986

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Steve Kasper Street Plant on a cop car 1986 Noside Skate Jam

Hey Jason…Whats up man…What up V

Yeah…Mike has summed that photo up. My two cents goes something like this. I think that 1/4 pipe is a section from Groholski’s Demo mini ramp set-up.
If I’m not mistaken the sections came from the same spot ( Staten Island skate park) as his Big ramp. The first time I ever saw (
Jim)Murf, Tom(Groholski),(Steve) Herring, (Chuck)Treece was at a 4-H demo in Jersey some where. Tom’s dad talked to my dad and told us they had purchased the Staten Island big ramp. He told us we where welcome to skate whenever sessions went down. Stoked ! Beyond words.
My friend Steve Willis and I would train it to New Brunswick and skate to North Brunswick…F’n far ways. Willis would bug the shit out of Tom (Crazy questions about how to do tricks) so much I thought he was going to ban us from the ramp. Tom and is entire family are some of the coolest people in the world hands down.

Mike (Valelly) rode the Action East deck because that was all I had to offer him at the time. I think he wore his Powell deck to shit or broke it… I worked at Freestyle in Woodbridge center mall, Woodbridge N.J. And would have hooked him with something. The Variflex boxes had stopped coming to me ( not knowing it was all toy store and no Pro program existed anymore) and Losi started his thing shortly after that.

Mike might have forgotten this fact…Powell/Peralta had lost contact with him for a minute when he moved back to N.J. From Virginia Beach. My manager said Stacy Peralta had called the shop trying to get a number for Mike. I guess nobody in VB had a number ( No cell phones…) for him. I called Stacy back and told him I would give Mike there number to call them back.

By 1986 the NYC crew and myself skated all the time. I was hitting N.Y. City on the regular and that is when the early Shut members grouped together ( as sponsored skaters) to travel and compete locally and out of own. Eli Gesner and Arron Lennox skated for SMA and Z ( George Wilson), Jeremy Henderson skated for Dogtown and Indy, Harry Jumogi skated for HOSOI, Ian From was flowed by Powell and Soho skates, Bruno Musso and Aly Moore repped Blockhead, Beasley and a few more heads got hooked up by us. we made sure heads had stuff to ride.
This was one of the original crews that made lots of noise in the city. A posse with no title, just skills. The Shut era had began and we didn’t even know it yet.

It was the end of 87’ that we assembled together to form a rebellion against the industry for producing shitty decks that only catered to Vert riding. Of course nothing against Vert riding( we skated whatever to our best abilities) the decks back then showed “ True Colors” of weakness as far as all around skating was concerned. SHUT was born to self cater to our needs. Bruno, Aly, Jeremy and myself took it upon ourselves to make a change.

The House of Steam Rules


Thanks as always to Rodney (Click for SHUTNYC)...Derek Rinaldi (especially for getting this history out to the world) and Mike V (hardest working man in the Skatebusimenship, go see Revolution Mother perform!!)

This stuff is priceless. One pic with Murph, Rodney , Mike and Kasper… that crew covered every aspect of skating, music, business, travel… just living, that I can think of.

In my opinion this was a pivotal moment in East Coast Skate History let alone Skate history as a whole.

This is what The House of Steam project is all about…Keep it coming fellas!!!

If you where at the Noside event send your stuff to us (hell send what you got regardless)



144: Noside (Edison NJ) Skate Jam 1986 Derek Rinaldi and Mike Valelly

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Derek Rinaldi and Mike Valelly Launch Ramp Edison Skate Jam 1986


I think the year was 1985 or 86. Mike had organized this skate jam at a school in Edison. Jim Murphy, Rodney Smith were also on hand. More pics to follow.The ramp was a section I think from Groholski’s ramp. Not sure how it who brought it.

OK soooo this is about as New Jersey as it gets!!! If you were there let me know I want to dig up more pics from this seminal event.

Thanks Derek!

Those were the days…

Yes, I remember this event… I was sponsored by Powell Peralta at this point but if you notice that is not a Powell Peralta board I’m riding. I think I was skating Rodney’s Action East deck… For some reason I didn’t have a board of my own that day. Perhaps I was in-between packages.

I loosely set the event up. Just put the word out that we were jamming. We had a good turn out. Groholski’s dad brought the quarter pipe. Me and Rinaldi were the only guys able to go over the top. I actually used it as a jump ramp… Pretty radical back then and even today.

The cops came and shut us down later in the day. Steve Kasper did a street plant off the back of the cop car. I think Rinaldi has a picture of that.

Love your guys site.

— Mike V

Oh yea… I actually think that was 1986… I was on Powell Peralta so it had to be… Also, my haircut and pink wristband on right wrist are tell tale signs that it was 1986.And that’s a gray Powell Peralta Bones Brigade Team Shirt I’m wearing… I wouldn’t have bought that… That shit was free.

— Mike V

Thanks Derek…Thanks Mike

Checkout Mike on tour and check out his band Revolution Mother!!

Always a pleasure being in touch…(send more stuff..he he)

he he I just got it noside=Edison backwards…clever!


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