Category Archives: Photos by The Padulos

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!

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430: The House of Steam – Year three!!

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Tom Groholski at Home NJ circa 1984? 

Photo by The Padulo Brutics!

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So on July 20th THOS turned three years old. Crazy to think I have been living with this thing that long in two different countries as well. It has been a great year from my vantage point it seems there has been no downturn in the brotherhood sector of the economy. A high water mark is obviously Jim Murphy being recognized for his charitable/skate endeavors but along with that I have my eye on a lot of other seeds that have been planted and people tied to this community seem to be gravitating towards one another with results to follow. So THOS continues on into year 4 – keep the pics and stories flowing and I promise to keep it all moving so no one will ever have time to hang a sign on us.

Cheers, My Bruthas and Sistas!

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Ps How sick is that photo of Tom! Nice one Dave!

427: NJ High School Ditch, Weep & Corn, Tag, Rocky, Roenning circa 85 A Padulo Brothers Brigade film!

 

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That’s Tag to start. Looks like there a ton of people on the ground watching. Next is Rocky in the White Helmet. He always skated like Cab with that smooth style and crooked neck.  That’s Corn in the blue shirt and yellow helmet.  That’ Jeff Roenning in the white Zorlac shirt and yellow helmet. And I think thats weep sitting on the platform as Rocky chucks an air over his knees.  Next is Corn and Weeps at the Ditch. Corn said it’s the ditch by the highschool but I think it’s the one closer to Bridgewater on 78 East.  I could be wrong. This part kinda chokes me up watching it.  And then there’s the weird Kona part at the end. I know nothing about it.

The second part of the clip is at my ramp again and it’s Tag again.

I’m sure the people that did the original transfer just stuck it together with no rhyme or reason.  My folks still have the original film too.

Dave Padulo

Jason Oliva

Classic stuff! That is the ditch on route 78 across from Watchung Hills regional Highschool. 

Out the cafeteria (during lunch) and through the woods then it was just a quick  game of Frogger across 78 and you could skate for 15 minutes or so and have time to get back to class. Unless you went with Weep who would take one annoying long 15 minute run and leave you standing there to watch…Commmmmmaaaahhhhhhnnnnn WEEP!! enough already!…great times.

PS. The generic transfer music is too sad.

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Jason Oliva and Weep Sciving off from school: High School Ditch NJ…86’ish

Photo Ben Cornish

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373: Dave Padulo recalls his first trip to Groholski’s New Jersey Backyard ramp

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Whoaaa back foot, Tom Groholski in his Back yard circa 84 Matt Padulo looking on.

You know you’ve come full circle when you’re listening to Ride The Lightening in your car on the way to Woodward Skatepark with your two young boys in the back seat and your brother next to you telling them the story of the first time you heard the song. (For the record it was a Wednesday night at the Barn, Groholski walked in, popped in the cassette into the player by the door, and jump on the ramp with no pads LONG before it was fashionable.) It must have been the Metallica playing in the car and the 13ft half-pipe they had at Woodward that got me thinking of the The Jersey Devil himself, Tom Groholski, and his freakin monster ramp he had in his backyard. A few minutes poking around some boxes in my attic produced this footage from the one pilgrimage I made to Tom’s with some of the crew from Warren & Watchung.

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Tom, Dan Tag, Matt Padulo and Rocky Vertone

If this pic doesn’t capture a moment in time, I don’t know what one does. Tom extending a huge invert while Dan Tag, my brother Matt who must have been around 12 at the time, and Rocky Vertone look on, jaws dropped and speechless. I’m guessing this is probably either March 1984 or 1985. Maybe it was spring break. I remember it was cold and there were still a few last piles of snow around. It’s hard to put into words how TALL that ramp was. It took up the whole backyard and could be seen above some of the roofs in the neighborhood. It was the first huge tranny any of us had ever skated. Tom talks about how it came to his backyard in his Juice Magazine interview a few years ago. Good times.

Dave Padulo

 

Jason Oliva

Classic stuff!! I made the pilgrimage as well, driven by Dan Tag 2 or 3 years later. Tom’s was the tallest, slipperiest and most transparent ramp ever assembled. It made noises that no other ramp could muster. Tom ruled it and it seemed like when he was skating you could see him from across town. All the neighboring houses had boxed seats to view what was transpiring on the ramp. Needless to say I could barely manage to land any trick I knew at the time while Tag and Tom killed it. Normally I always traveled with a camera, not that day though. Nice one Dave, bet you wish you shot a whole roll!!

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345: and it was all probably just another random Wednesday night at the Barn: Part 4 Jim Murphy circa 1986

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Jim Murphy The Barn NJ 1986

Photo by Padulo

 

No pads or a helmet I am sure Mrs. Kane was away on vacation that night! Great picture Padulos!! Good Shot of how close the front door was to the flat bottom of the ramp and the battle scarred tape player.

Jason Oliva

340: Padulo’s first quarterpipe 1980(yikes) NJ Matt Padulo dusting off the Cobwebs at Skatetime 209

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Dave Padulo on their first ramp NJ 80’s

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Five sheets of plywood and several cords of firewood? I believe skate architecture has evolved into  more economic designs than this but hey it was all uncharted territory back then…you had to skate what you could build. 

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That’s me in freakin 1980 man!  London Calling, Freedom of Choice, Back In Black all just released into the world.  Hard to believe they were ever “new”.  Like us I guess. 

Dave

Checkout Matt today back in the saddle skating away with Dave and his Nephews up and down the East Coast.

 


334: and it was all probably just another random Wednesday at the Barn: PART 3

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Dave Padulo Mute air The Barn NJ (Wednesday night) Circa 1986

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Part 3 in our ongoing series of pictures. I am going to create a category called Wednesday Night for the interested parties to follow along. Here is a gem of Dave Padulo…Mute air on the pool coping side with Ben Cornish, Jimmy Kane and Stevie “D” Mannion looking on. The Padulo brothers had that mid eighties Tony Hawk thing going on. 

Stay tuned for a lot more!

Ps. Just counted there are over 166 skaters represented in The House of Steam  archive…crazy stuff!

Jason Oliva