Grosso Forever

Posted by Route One on 30th April 2020

When skateboarding lost Jeff Grosso last month it lost one of the true greats. Whilst not necessarily the most talented (though there's no denying his ability on a board) Grosso was a "great" in so many other ways. The first to self-deprecate and admit his many flaws, few personalities were as strong as Jeff's and even fewer could hold a candle to his story telling prowess. Held, somewhat unwittingly, as an arbiter of what was right whilst able to announce the overwhelming hypocrisy of "right" even being a notion, Jeff Grosso was the hero real skateboarding knew it needed. As a father to a young son, his passing at 51 was simply tragic.

As a lifelong ambassador for Vans Footwear, Steve Van Doren and the rest of the family have made no secret of how big a hole Jeff has left behind. And so, to celebrate what would have been his 52nd birthday, the company has produced and released this beautiful tribute:

"The old adage has never rung more true: legends never die. In memory of beloved Vans family member and skateboarding icon, Jeff Grosso, some of Jeff’s closest friends come together to celebrate his life during a virtual birthday gathering.

Grosso leaves behind a prolific legacy of skateboarding history, having touched the lives of skaters of all ages and backgrounds with his cunning commentary, tenacious attitude, and enduring activism for preserving the core. The special ceremony will showcase never-before-seen-footage of Jeff by Greg Hunt from the Vans Propeller vert sessions, birthday edits by Six Stair Productions of personal video dedications from friends and family. Moderated by Chris Nieratko, the event will close with an intimate memorial gathering with respected skate names such as Steve Van Doren, Loveletters to Skateboarding co-creators Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols, John Lucero, Steve Olson, Steve Alba and Lizzie Armanto.

Despite the era of social distancing, Vans brings us all together for this unique and truly special moment – a heartfelt ode to many lives lived by a passionate man who loved skateboarding more than anyone. Jeff Grosso, you are missed!"