Category Archives: 2007

288: Delaware Water Gap Vert Facility…….Allen Gibson says come one come all! Saturdays 1 to 4

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Attention Everyone,

I have been speaking with Allen and he has expressed a willingness to cultivate an ever expanding and exciting vert scene at his DWG Vert Facility in Blairstown NJ (Which I like to think of as The Barn 2.0™) Just shoot me an email with DWG as the subject and I will make sure you experience all the Saturday afternoon (1 to 4) fun. Please send pictures!

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Hi Jason,

This vid is from Sat. Allen has erected a 3.5-4 foot extension for anyone who’s up to the challenge. You will see his incredible frontside air off this thing!

Hope all is swell, Irene




Hi Jason- here are a few pics of my place – the ramp is in Blairstown NJ just
outside the Delaware Water Gap – I built it 3 years ago and it was
constructed by Team Pain and specifically Jeff Hammond – the ramp is a
smaller version of (Bob) Burnquists but with a bend from deep to shallow which
provides a very cool dynamic. 12 vert with 10.6 tranny, 13.5 on the
extensions, 7 shallow bowled corners. It is well heated for winter,
designed for natural light year round and well-maintained.

I welcome anybody who wants to come out and skate – I work in finance
during the week and my family uses this as our weekend home –

I haven’t had a moment to get myself linked into to site but I looked at it this
evening and you should be applauded for not merely a great job but you
have a real sense of the beauty of skateboarding!

all the best,


Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Thanks for the kind words Allen.

Allen and I were introduced by mutual friends in NYC…Who would have known he had constructed East Coast Skatings best kept secret!…Well the cats outta the bag and Allen has asked for it..hope you have a BIG couch.. he he

Check out these shots!

Actions shots on there way soon.

If you want to get in touch with Allen you can contact him Via The House of Steam Forums…I have set up a Delaware Water Gap Vert Facility category.

and do not forget to checkout Team Pain for all your Skate Ramp Fantasy needs


Gentlemen I give you The Delaware Water Gap Vert Facility by Allen Gibson

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Delaware Water Gap Skate Facility jason oliva the house of steam

Delaware Water Gap Skate Facility jason oliva the house of steam

Could not help myself. Lets visually compare and contrast The DWGVF with The Barn.

Barn photo dennis kane jason oliva the house of steam

photo Dennis Kane

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photo Derek Rinaldi

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Photo Kevin McDowall

Dennis and Jimmy always liked that shabby sheik look!

Well could this be the new House of Steam! I’ll let Dennis Kane decide after his hopeful July visit.

Welcome to the archive/family Allen! If you want to ride at Allens drop him a line on our forums….and if you do skate their send us your pics……

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271: MOOSE!!

The Doctor Darren “Moose” Menditto Team Steam member and Wreckroom rider!!

Maple Shade Skate Park, 2007

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

For those of you who dont know Wreckroom (Chuck Treece ,Russ Phillips and Squindo) are in the process of putting out boards for Team Steam’s cream of the crop: Dan Tag, Bernie O’Dowd and Darren Menditto. Send em an email and tell em you wanna own the trifecta!!

Darren Menditto Wreckroom board

Darren “Moose” Menditto..coming soon



252: A New Years Message From En-Jays Derek Rinaldi!!

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I was asked to write a sort of end of year/new years resolution
article for a few publications and they all honestly came out the same
sappy shit you’d expect to hear. But when it came time to write the
one for THOS, something hit me. Well it actually hit me a couple
months ago.

This time of year we go from Thanksgiving where people express what
they are thankful for straight to the end year reflection and hopes
for a better, brighter New Year.

I sat back and thought about the year that had passed and how my life
was inherently different then in years passed. Through the downs and
then the upswing it was on a rainy night in NYC that my end of year
reflection took place. In an bar of all places.

It was after a video premiere that a bunch of people had assembled at
an Irish bar around the corner. It wasn’t long before we had the
place basically to ourselves. It was there that the discussions that
we had started tying up loose ends for me. Things that were obvious.
Things had taken place years before.

In the room was one of my first sponsors. One of the people
responsible for taking me from a small NJ beach town, and set me free
across the world.

When I first moved to the beach at age 13, I had very little
interests. I had some rock records, I watched some sports. But life
at that time and age was awkward. Moving to the beach I found
skateboarding and was introduced to a whole new genre of music and

My window faced the ocean but you couldn’t see it. A metaphor for my
life at the time. You knew there was something out there…you could
even hear it. But it was out of sight.

I had all new dreams in place. When I went to school, when I slept at
night, listening to the ocean. I was developing a small list of new
heroes. Skateboarders, Surfers, Musicians. Their pictures lined my
bedroom walls. Sleepless night would find me staring at the pictures,
wondering what life is like in those places. Only hoping to fall
asleep, just to dream about it.

Thinking back, It’s hard to remember when everything changed, I guess
it happened fast, but it didn’t seem like it back then. Hard to
remember how I went from dreaming of those places, to flying there at
will. From going to the store to buy school clothes, to having them
sent to me for free. From eating bologna subs on the boardwalk for a
dollar, with a soda, to having an expense account for breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Hard to remember when I became friends with those faces
on my wall. For years they stared at me, now they call at Christmas.

You can accomplish a lot of things in life. You can amass great
fortunes or a large collection of inanimate things. But to say that
you have lived your dreams, that your dreams actually came true is
pretty amazing.

So now, at a point where I am blessed to have traveled the world with
my friends for so many years and then to have worked a number of years
afterward, planning and saving for my future, it’s time to live in
it. The world is different to me again. It’s all new. Probably the
best time to think back. Not just about this year but back to all the

I’ll spend the holidays and the New Year with those faces from my
wall. The picture wall is long gone, replaced with real life. Or is
it still that dream?

Back in the bar, it was good to catch up with old faces. It’s funny
how it takes someone you haven’t seen in 15 years to remind you that
you have done everything you set out to do. I am thankful for that
night in the Irish bar in the city and thankful for that skateboard
company for opening my eyes to the world. But more important to me,
for being able to appreciate when they are closed. That is when I
truly found that the magic happens.

Here’s to a great new year, and to all those that will follow you.

Sweet Dreams

Derek Rinaldi

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Cheers Derek!!Hope everyone has a

great New Year!!

2008 should be an exciting year for The House of Steam—-> Cause its movin to London!! Yeah Baby!! Should be fun, I will try to keep up a better pace as long as the media keeps flowing!



249: Hey Look, Todd Morrow! Dunedin 2007

 Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Sorry so slow. Real life has stolen my House of Steam time lately. But I “Musn’t Grumble” So here are a couple contemporary pictures of Skate Hell Team rider Todd Morrow. He is still ripping and getting his mug on the cover of the local skate mags! Todd sent i a fine stack of old school pictures I will be getting on with adding to the archive ASAP.Nice One Todd!

I just realized I don’t know where Dunedin is? Someone comment


Todd Morrow

Todd Morrow 2007 R & R Dunedin

Todd Morrow Just Skate

Todd Morrow Local Skate Zine Dunedin 2007

242: No Way, It’s Jay presents -“Skating on the Hudson River”

No Way Its Jay Henry The House of Steam

No Way, It’s Jay presents –

“Skating on the Hudson River”

Well, I haven’t been able to get out of town for the last few weeks, but I did go skate last weekend at this little park on 34th and 12th Ave on the West Sigh-eed. Yeah, it’s right up there in Midtown Manhattan, and it’s got a pretty decent bowl along with some other crap. It really has a nice view of the river including the helicopter landing pad for the choppers giving tours. They take off right next to the bowl all day long, its so freaking New York I love it! The cruise ships go by and you can see New Jersey on the other side, it was a sight to behold. The bowl is about 5 feet deep in the shallow end and then goes down to about 10 feet deep in the deep end. I was able to carve it a little and even busted out some layback airs. I wasn’t that eventful of a day but it was nice just to be able to take a short subway ride from my house to skate in the middle of the city and grind pool coping. Enjoy the pics, and stayed tuned for the next show!

Jay Henry NYC

Jay henry Layback air NYC (Westside Highway) 2007

John Fudela NYC

John Fudela NYC (Westside Highway) Frontside Rock n Roll 2007

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Thanks Jay, Always a pleasure!!

I lived in Battery Park City across from the World Trade Center for years (12 or 13, I think) These ramps/bowls where put up near by(along the westside Highway across from Tribeca) after 9/11 and stayed up until about a year an a half ago. I rode there a couple times until they took them down to redevelope the pier area that they were occupying. Nice to see the city found a new place for them and made some improvements.

“a short subway ride from my house to skate in the middle of the city”

Jay is being modest we all know its extremely convenient for Jay Henry to fly in via helicopter from the his Hampton’s home and just shoot across the highway for a quick session before limoing to his upper westside town house. Ohhhh the life he leads!


240: GVR 2007 Masters Bowl Finals, SoCal Skatepark:Glen Charnoski, Steve Caballero, Pat Ngoho, Lester Kasai, Duane Peters, Eddie Reategui

239: Glen Charnoski beats Stevie Caballero at the So Cal Skatepark 2007 Masters Bowl

Plus I ran into him at my local park yesterday. Skates like he did in O.C. In ’89! Bernie O’Dowd

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Thanks for this Bern!!

Let’s see for ourselves!

JFA live in the background,

Team Steam’s Glen Charnoski still skating for Allentown PA pride.

Beating Cab and landing a “Caballaerial”….too cool!!

Nice one Charno.