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346: The Wooden Wave II Alexandria VA 1979


WOODEN WAVE II Richmond VA 1979 Dave Alexander


These photos are Dave Alexander, skating a ramp which was dubbed “the wooden wave II”.  The pictures were probably taken by Dave’s brother, Mike.  Dave, Mike, and  built this very sketchy but huge ramp out of mostly scrap wood next to the Telegraph Road / Duke Street overpass probably around 1979. Dave and Mike, and I lived on the same street growing up in Alexandria, and this was about a mile from where we lived.  We had built a previous wooden wave in the parking lot of an office building which lasted a week or so before we were ordered to tear it down.  This second incarnation was built right across a public sidewalk which served as the run-up.  The ramp was a total piece of crap, it shook when you hit the transition on the way up, but it was definitely fun to ride.  The thing was sixteen feet tall and the top piece of plywood was just barely over vertical (probably by accident).  This one lasted a few weeks until one day we showed up and it had been burned down.  Being built on public property right across a sidewalk, we knew it wouldn’t last long, but we figured the public works guys from the city would tear it down.  As it turns out, it served as a bon fire for someone instead, but it was fun while it lasted.  We built a series of these things all over Alexandria.  I know most skaters from back in the day did the same thing.  Good times…

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That is a serious  home built classic. I guess in a way it was better that a firebug spotted it before some drunk teen on a YZ-80 made an Evil Keneivel go at it. It looks like the first incarnation of the mega ramp. I dig the 70’s entries.


192: The House of Tom: Young Tommy G. Cherry Hill Skatepark pre 1979-1981.

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Tom Groholski Cherry Hill Skate Park NJ Circa ?

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Tom Groholski Frontside Air Cherry Hill Skate Park NJ

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Tom Groholski Frontside Grind Cherry Hill NJ

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Tom Groholski Invert Cherry Hill

Photos provided by Tom Groholski

Im not gonna go too far out on a limb here and say these are from the infamous Cherry Hill Skate Park in South Jersey. I can also somewhat safely assume that they where taken by Tom’s Father. Well its all there in these picks lip tricks, big frontside airs, standing tall on the coping. I wonder what the other kids at the park where doing.

Tom will be forever tied to this place. His name has became synonymous with the place.

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