Category Archives: Tom Groholski

610: Mike- Moose- Tom – Frazier- Barn – Blue- Groholski’s

Killer video straight out of our wheelhouse…

No comment necessary except for the fact that either you knew Mike V ripped on vert or you found out three years ago:

http://thehouseofsteam.com/2007/08/28/28-mike-vallelynuff-said/

Killer eppy Mike.

Jason Oliva

I think we are gonna need a bigger boat!

609: DANGER!

Jason,
Just wanted to wish you well with the show… I bet that you’ve
been quite busy preparing! Things here are finally cooling a bit, and the
skating is heating up. We’ve been hitting up some parks and will be going downhill tomorrow! It’s such a stoker— There has also been some improvements made to an existing park which was a drag, and now flows 100x better– it flows almost like Reading did. I’m being real generous comparing anything to one of my all time favorite spots! It really is fun though. I also received word on the Cherry Hill TG deck– It is available at Socal Skateshop or Big Block Distribution. It is a dream come true for me as it completes the circle by returning to my roots,while paying tribute to a park that I owe so much to. Again, have a GREAT show, and please post some photos!

All the best,

TG

too cool…you get what you give, someone emailed me that recently.

cheers Tom and congrats on the board

Jason

600: [Weep] rolling in- Groholski’s ramp circa back in the day

Like This!

Chris [WEEP] Blank
Groholski’s Ramp NJ
Photo by Greg Colescott

Archive addition number 600! thought I would give it to Weep with this cool ‘below the coping’ Jeff Roenning waiting for a go…at Tom Groholski’s.

Great stuff

Jason

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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!

550: Hall of Fame (2) Poolside Tom Groholski

 

Tom Groholski POOLSIDE

When I saw this board on the internet years ago I flipped out because it was a Groholski and I always rode his boards ….because it was Black n Red and the Tony Squindo graphics were a modern steroid version of Tom’s first Vision board and because it actually had the state of NJ on it. Talk about getting things right! I became friendly with the Frankenstein of this Monster, Russel Phillips as a result. Russ has put out some killer boards over the last couple years via Wreckroom (the first commercial boards to have Team Steam printed right on em, with Dan Tag and Darren Menditto’s models) and now following up with DeathMarch and all new Tag and Menditto Steam boards. All great stuff so because of all that Tommy G PoolSide gets the latest entry into THOS Board hall of fame.

If you have one of these feel free to email me and gloat….. Seriously though feel free to email me and gloat because you deserve it.

Jason Oliva

Ps: here is the new “previously on THOS” function which will link to relevant archive stories to this post. I thought because there is so many older entries it would be a great way to explore what has come before (Poem!)

547: Jeff Jones Varial-Layback Air at Tom Groholski’s+Kona : JT Murphy and Chuck Treece looking on

Jeff Jones Varial Layback Air, JT Murphy and Chuck Treece on Deck

Photo Deitz Brothers

Another gem from Ken and Steve Deitz, who’s skate life and photography have become a cornerstone of The House of Steam, we cant thank them enough for the hind sight of documenting things and their willingness to share.

Jeff Jones! Contest day at Tom’s, Varial layback air. This is a bit of a chained post …linked on to Chuck’s new deck post and PVO’s mention of JT Murphy. Looks like Chuck blew out a right knee cap…I also know that Tom, Jim Murphy  and Steve Herring amongst others are watching from the other deck.

PS

As a bonus if you wanna see what a varial layback air looks fully performed then click on the pic below and watch NJ Am Variflex skater Jeff Jones take an old school run on the Kona ramp (I dig it when a post falls together)

Jason

PSS

More Jeff Jones and :

Kevin Lambert
Mike Sporanza
Eddie Guittierrez
Brian Beauchine
Dan Brown
Henry Gutierrez
John Fudala
Buck Smith
Jeff Jones
Sergie Ventura
Mike Cresini

at YouTubeSkate (your boss wont mind)  The ams in 1986 were really good, not the largest of gaps between them and the pros.

We are having a visitor this week…hoe this tides everyone over for a couple days

Jason Oliva Artist

 

539: YouTubeSkate- “…Lapped grinds thats all that matters…I dont know have some fun..dont worry about things..that’s it.”-Tom Groholski

“Lapped grinds thats all that matters…I dont know have some fun..dont worry about things..that’s it.”

-Tom Groholski

 

Those words of wisdom still hold up today in this crazy modern world..

Coolness…I will post the rest of these vids over on YouTubeSkate

Jason