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566: Steve Herring at The Barn…Jim Murphy,Dan Tag, Matt Padulo, Dave Padulo, JT Murphy, Jimmy Kane , Jay Henry

Steve Herring

The Barn NJ

Photo Deitz Brutha’s

Who’s on Deck

1.Jim Murphy 2. Dan Tag 3.Matt Padulo  4.Dave Padulo  5.JT Murphy 6.Jimmy Kane Jimmy Kane7.Jay Henry

Steve Herring Back Side Air Sooooo ummmm This is pretty Badass!

Can you name who’s on deck….I got the ball rolling a bit.

Yeah so Steve did those kinda killing it backside airs….

Previously on THOS: Entry Number 36! for Heaven’s sake

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490: Jeff Roenning some things never change even after 23 years.

Jeff Roenning Fakie Ollie The Barn
Photo Ken Deitz.

Jeff Roenning fakie ollie 2010
Photo…you guessed it The Padulo Bros.

I guess your skate style is like a finger print no way to change it or disguise it…JR got together with Matt and Dave Padulo last week in NJ after some 23 odd years ….they had a grand “old” time.

Jason Oliva

480: Saturday Night Live at The Barn – Circa 1986..Thanks to Mike Vallely

I’m not gonna say much about this video except thanks to Mike Vallely for getting this filmed back in the day and giving it to us for the archive and another thanks to Larry Ransom for his editing and THOS support throughout the years. Another big thanks goes to Dennis who after searching the web for this footage decided to go to the source and clinched it all. The still images are of Mikes early Vert days at The Barn and the song is Revolution Mother “Night Ride” (pretty fitting) If you comment with a time and a name I will create a gallery of screen grabs…I will get the ball rolling with an important one: 1:24 Weep on Deck.

Enjoy the show…The time is now!!

Jason Oliva Artist


This is great. Mike talks about the first video he was in. “Action East” If I remember correctly, they showed up at The Barn with all this high-end video, lights and sound gear. It was right in the middle of a hot session. I was like, “What the hell is this???”

The guy who owned the company was like, “Can we film a video here?” and I said, “What’s in it for me?” (as if I was going to say No). This was way beyond squeezing 10 bucks out of some squid for “the new layer.” So he flowed me a “No Fun Joe” deck, a t-shirt and some other free shit and I said, “Go for it!” Of course, our power situation was a 300 yard extension cord to the house that kept blowing out. The next contest I entered as….sponsored by Action East.

Let’s see if we can get this classic film posted.

Skater by order of appearance:

1st couple stills Mike Vallely

Papo Capillo No Shirt Red Shorts

Dennis Kane Silver helmet after Papo…Big Indy Air later on

Jimmy Kane Yellow helmet white Tee no sleeves

Mike Vallely Yellow helmet layback air

Papo on roller skates?

Matt padulo Red shorts Layback Air/Backside Air

Tom Groholski Black Shirt Inverts/Layback Air

Bernie O’Dowd No Helmet Frontside air/Invert/Layback Air

Who does the big air with the pink helmet?

Loads of peeps on the deck and on the couch too

442: Matt Padulo, Bernie O’dowd, Jeff Jones and Harry Jumonji 1984 Contest at Silver Apple Skate Shop in New jersey

Matt Padulo  NJ shore contest

Matt Padulo

Wow! That really is crazy to see. I’m not really sure how old I was in this picture. I do remember entering the contest in the younger division then everyone I was with so maybe I was 13 years old? The ramp was made out of what seemed like fiberglass that sounded really hollow but road solid at the same time. I don’t even think I dropped in on the ramp so when I started a line had to run up the ramp, fakie once or twice, and then start my run. At the time I did all my airs just below or @ the top of the ramp, and I think was doing some Inverts about mid transition. I wound up taking 2nd and won a Lance Mountain deck which I saved for a while, but eventually road and shred up.

Can never get enough pics of the old days!


Bernie O'Dowd layback air

Bernie O’Dowd

jeff jones tweeked frontside air

Jeff Jones Tweaked frontside air.

Anyone recognise themselves on the platform?

harry jumongi frontside roll in

Harry Jumongi frontside roll in

…again anyone on the deck?

381: Hey look its Matt Padulo! Lets help him get The Charles River Skatepark(Boston) Back on track.

Hey Jason,

As I think I mentioned awhile back Boston has had a 30,000sf skate park in the making for about 5 years and is now currently “shovel ready”. I’ve attached an email below from the Charles River Conservancy calling for support. I’ve also attached the letter I’ve personally sent with a few words of my own added to the “letter of support”. Any help from the family of THOS would be greatly appreciated.


“We are now asking you—as a supporter of the Skatepark and the Conservancy—to contact Governor Deval Patrick and Director of Infrastructure Investment Jeffrey Simon and urge them to release the $1.85 million that EOEEA and DCR have requested to begin construction as soon as possible.
Please find below a letter of support and contact information for you to use. We encourage you to send it in as soon as possible.

Here is a link from the Charles River Conservancy showing Boston’s future park.


Letter of support is in the email below –

[CharlesRiverSkatePark] Skatepark Action Alert!‏
From: charlesriverskatepark-bounces@actwin.com on behalf of Charles River Conservancy (crc@thecharles.org)
Sent: Mon 3/09/09 10:10 PM
To: crc@thecharles.org
Dear Friends of the Charles River Skatepark,

We recently sent you an update announcing that the Skatepark was included in the shovel-ready project list compiled by the Patrick administration as part of the Federal Stimulus Package.
We are now asking you—as a supporter of the Skatepark and the Conservancy—to contact Governor Deval Patrick and Director of Infrastructure Investment Jeffrey Simon and urge them to release the $1.85 million that EOEEA and DCR have requested to begin construction as soon as possible.

Please find below a letter of support and contact information for you to use. We encourage you to send it in as soon as possible.

And if you feel moved to do so, we would also ask that you contact the elected officials whose constituencies most benefit from the project. These include: U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy U.S. Senator John Kerry, U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Representative Alice Wolf, and Representative Timothy Toomey.

As you know, the Charles River Conservancy has raised $2.5 million for the project; this funding, in addition to helping with design and project management, will also ensure the post-construction operations and maintenance of the park so that it remains a well-preserved asset of which the Commonwealth and all of us can be proud.

Thank you for your past and ongoing support of this exciting project!

Please send hard copies to:

–Governor Deval Patrick, State House, Office of the Governor, Room 360, Boston, MA 02133

–Director of Infrastructure Investment Jeffrey Simon, c/o Administration and Finance, State House, Room 373, Boston, MA 02133

Or email to:



Dear Governor Patrick and Mr. Simon,

I am writing to urge you to allocate the $1.85 million requested by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to help design and construct the Charles River Skatepark under the loop ramps of the Zakim Bridge.

Over the last several months, the Charles River Conservancy has worked closely with these state agencies to provide an accurate description of the size and scope of the project and to accurately outline the potential immediate economic and long-term benefits associated with this world-class facility, including:

· Construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. concrete skatepark for local and regional athletes, which will be the premier facility of its kind within the Commonwealth and one of the largest on the East Coast

· Creating approximately 54 FTE jobs for construction, design, and project management

· Bringing an under-served user group to the urban parklands along the Charles River, as well as attracting tourists and possible events from around the country

· Redeveloping and improving the challenging under-bridge environment into a new and safer area of parkland that would otherwise be an under-utilized gravel lot

· Taking part in environmental cleanup of former industrial wasteland under the loop ramps of the Zakim Bridge.

The Charles River Conservancy has already raised $2.5 million for the project; this funding will help ensure the post-construction operations and maintenance of the park so that it remains a well-preserved asset of which the Commonwealth can be proud.

For all of these reasons, the Charles River Skatepark should receive your support and immediate funding. There are few “shovel ready” projects more worthy. We ask that you make it possible for construction of the park to begin as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration.


Charles River Conservancy
Four Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
T: 617.608.1410
F: 617.491.1245

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

Tom groholski 84 NJ the house of steam

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.


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!!


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


Dave Padulo on their first ramp NJ 80’s

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

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. 


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. 


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