Category Archives: 1990

173: Rob Mertz Stone Edge 1990

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

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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)

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

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149: Derek Rinaldi speaking about the East Coast

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Derek Rinaldi Manahawkin, NJ 1990
This was one of the funnest parks (Manahawkin)in NJ. Masonite pool with real
pool coping, mini ramps. et. I forget the guys names who ran it but
they were some of the nicest people ever.

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Thrasher Magazine 1990

photo Ken Salerno

My info ;

Name: Derek Rinaldi

Age: 38 As of May 29

Years skating 23 years

Sponsors over the years – SHUT, G&S,Think, Vision Street Wear, Venture Truck, Spitfire Wheels

First contest Westwood cycle – Steve Rocco & Gonzales judged

Favorite terrain – Bad transitions

General NJ skate words.

The late 80’s were a great time to be a skateboarder in south jersey. One summer a couple kids had build a vert ramp in Silverton NJ, not far from my house in Ortley Beach. At the same time a public swimming pool had been closed and abandoned only a few miles from the ramp in Brick. Not to mention the endless street skating by the beach. It was more than enough to keep a hand full of skinny skaters out of trouble.

And then the migration came. First Mike Vallely and friends were making regular visits to the shore. Jim Murphy, Jef Hartsel & Brad Constable were caravanning down the parkway with Darren Menditto and Steve Herring at the silverton ramp and brick pool. We were alive. We’d been riding this terrain for days on days doing the same tricks. Our eyes were open. Next thing we knew our local ramp and pool were in the pages of Thrasher Magazine. From this summer on, we’d be making regular trips to the Blue Ramp, The barn ramp, Ocean City Md. & New York City. The transformation was on. From street hangers to world travelers. Friendships were made that have stretched years. The skating that went on in NJ during those years were, i believe, some of the most important in East Coast skate history

True Dat Derek! (Say hello to Derek at MySpace.. He always has a good tune goin)

I was going to make a big elaborate post inserting pictures here an there for this but I figures whats the rush! Lets spread it all out. Recently Derek along with Uber Thrasher Photographer Ken Salerno have become key contributors to The House of Steam project. The only thing I have to say about it is I could not be happier…Me hardrive is a swelling wit images of the Golden Age and I am looking forward to bringing them all to you.

So in honor of all that Derek you get THOS long weekend slot (Im going to Eccles Beach, UK…google earth me I’ll be the one lying in the sand in my jumper) i’ll be AFK till Monday.

So dont forget our brand new forums!!! Thanks to all those registered and posting.

and look forward to some sick pic history from Derek’s personal stash.

PS I have received alot of great stuff lately and it will all make it into the archive (trust me) I got to get it all outta email onto the compy then wrap my head around it…So please keep it coming..Let The House of Steam sort it out.

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147: Pete Furnee CCCC circa 199o Skating under the roof!!

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Pete Furnee Slider to Fakie CCCC Va circa 1990

So Pete has sent me a bunch of killer photos for the archive but I figured I would start with one of him. Great skate pic of Pete under the roof at CCCC just before they took her down.

Look for more Photos from Furnee in the archive real soon.

…..and speaking of ramps with roofs! (that are not The Barn)

How would you like to skate here?

….Tune in tomorrow!

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137: LOOK!! Its Paul “FRAZ” Frassenelli

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Paul Frassenelli Reading Skate park PA

Photo Dennis Kane

UMMMM this photo rules…Lay back grind in the kink sink…NICE!

How’s the weather in Jackson my Brutha!!

What can you say about Fraz short of he was there, Lordy, Lordy…He was there!

Talk soon! Welcome to the Archive!

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Bernie O’Dowd and Chris WEEP Blank Dorkin Around circa 1987
Super 8 footage by Ben Cornish
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Team Steam at Matt Klein’s New jersey Circa 1987
Super 8 from Ben Cornish


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102: Skateboard – Rob Mertz…Hey kids look!! Rob Mertz, skating Daytona Florida’s Stone Edge Park in 1990!

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Rob Mertz’s Zorlac Model Sticker…Dig the PA keystone in the background.

(thanks for saving one of these Dennis!)

ALSO:

Rob Mertz, skating Daytona’s Stone Edge Skate Park in 1990. This was old 8mm footage transfered to digital. See more on www.transitionvm.com


Check out the crazy one footed staplegun thingy….Crazy!

Hey Rock look for the Indy disaster to fakie…dat lookith familiar!

jason oliva

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64: Benjamin P. Cornish presents “DEMO: The Love of Destruction”

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This classic documentary about Demolition Derby’s was Produced and Directed by Team Steam’s Ben Cornish circa 1990. Ben was famous for his homebrew movies during High School and college we all either helped or appeared in one or another (anyone remember Pall Mall, Head Banger from Hell, and the infamous Great Deoderant race). If I recall as a graduating final project he produced this masterpeice. Not only is it an incredibly insightful look into the wastefullness of American culture through the use of interviews it was hella fun and exciting to watch. Ben actually modifies a car and enters a Demo Derby by the end.

Who can forget the opening scene….A pounding bass line as a Mike Myers looking mechanic walks up to a car and smashes out the windows preparing it for Demo Derby specs and later the tribal Indian music as the car was decorated!!

It was premeired in New Jersey at a rented out theater all of Ben’s family and friends where in attendance with a shindig to follow. It later aired in a German Film Festival.

If you would like to see this and any other of Ben’s incredible films then start posting comments begging him to you tube it all for our pleasure!!!

Oh yeah….” This film is so damm AMERICAN it’ll make you PUKE!!: is the greatest tagline of all time.

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