Skateboarding

Jeff Grosso’s Death Was Fentanyl Related

by The Editors on December 18, 2020

Legendary skateboarder Jeff Grosso (who died March 31, 2020) died as a result of “acute polydrug intoxication” according to an autopsy obtained by the Los Angeles Times. His accidental death was reportedly caused by the “combined effects of fentanyl and phenobarbital,” according to an autopsy report by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

Severe cardiomegaly (enlargement of the heart) with dilatation, a clinical history of hypertension and anxiety, and obesity were listed as other conditions in the autopsy. . . The manner of his death was ruled an accident. . . A toxicological examination performed by the Orange County Crime Lab showed the Grosso had .0459 milligrams per liter of fentanyl in his system, an amount well beyond the typical minimum fatal concentration.

We knew he had a big heart, and while this information brings no comfort to the sadness felt by the entire skateboarding community, it is one more reminder. Be careful out there.

[Link: LA Times]

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Walker Ryan Wrote A Novel

by The Editors on December 15, 2020

Top of Mason, is professional skater Walker Ryan’s new, self-published first novel. We’re looking forward to reading it, here’s what Walker says:

“I like to think that this is the first novel set in the world of modern professional skateboarding. But it isn’t really about skateboarding. It’s an adventure story about a guy trying to get over a break up—intersecting the worlds of skateboarding, contemporary celebrity, and homelessness—all the while dealing with a late-twenties identity crisis. All the characters are fictional, but it’s inspired by my love for San Francisco and my appreciation for the many unique individuals I’ve met through skateboarding.”

The cover was designed by Sebo Walker and $1 from the sale of each book is going to Glide in San Francisco offering meals and shelter services to those in need. To get a copy of Top of Mason, check the Old Friends site. For an interview with Walker by Michael Sieben check out Thrasher.

[Link: Old Friends]

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Milton Martinez vs. Dictionary Hill

by The Editors on December 7, 2020

[Link: Thrasher Mag]

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December’s List Of Action News Headlines

by The Editors on December 7, 2020

Creating these lists of news headlines is a lot like popping bubble wrap–it’s pointless, annoying, and yet so outrageously satisfying.

Here, enjoy the pointless, annoying fruits of our Monday Morning satisfaction. Click the link for December’s edition of action news from around the globe.
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Istanbul Not Conskateinople

by The Editors on December 6, 2020

The London-based Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu teams up with local skate crew, Yillar Ziyan, to show you the beautiful chaos of the country’s largest city in a new short film.

[Link: ID]

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Thuy Nguyen Dies After Cancer Battle

by The Editors on November 30, 2020

The San Francisco skate scene lost a mover, uniter, and heroine on Friday, November 27, 2020 when Thuy Nguyen, the co-founder of SF Skate Club died after a 15 month battle with stomach cancer, according to a story on SF Gate. She was 41.

The SF Skate Club began as a summer camp in 2007. Nguyen, who had worked as a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District as well as a mentor at Friends of the Children in Hunters Point, noticed many of her young students had taken up an interest in skateboarding, but that there was a shortage of spaces in the city for them to safely practice their newfound skills. She left her teaching job to spearhead the organization with her husband Shawn Connolly, a longtime skateboarder who has been featured in Slap, Thrasher and Transworld magazines. Together, they purchased a 15-passenger van on Craigslist to take kids on outings to skate parks across the Bay Area.

Our thoughts are with Nguyen’s family, friends, and everyone who joined in with the SF Skate Club.

[Link: SF Gate]

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Vuckovich, Nicolaus Join USA Skateboarding

by The Editors on November 12, 2020

USA Skateboarding has hired Miki Vuckovich as director of development and Andrew Nicolaus as men’s team manager. Good people for skateboarding’s Olympic push. Josh Friedberg, USA Skateboarding’s CEO agrees.

“I cannot think of a better person to fill the Director of Development role. Miki’s love for skateboarding and experience in the industry are perfect to help us further support the culture that brought skateboarding to the Olympic Games,” Friedberg said. “We had a ton of highly-qualified applicants for the Men’s Team Manager position. Andrew’s passion for helping skateboarders perform at the highest level put him over the top. I’m incredibly excited to wrap up this challenging year with these two amazing additions to our team.”

For all the details on both skaters and what they’ll be adding to USA Skateboarding, please follow the jump.

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Of Course O Has A Pro Model

by The Editors on November 9, 2020

Hey, smugglers. Foundation just gave O a pro model (it’s a snub-nosed stinger). Barge at will. One size fits O.

[Link: Foundation Skateboards]

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30 Years of Burnside Skatepark

by The Editors on November 2, 2020

The Northwest gnar. It’s all here in Burnside 4 Life: 30 Years Under The Bridge. Just watch it.

[Link: Thrasher Mag]

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Big Old News List For Monday

by The Editors on November 2, 2020

It’s been much too long, and so is this list of news headlines that may or may not resonate with you on a pre-election Monday at the start of the month of November.

Who knows what the future holds, in the meantime, look busy while scrolling this big old list of stories that jumped out at us. Click the jump for more.

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