Advocate For Women In Skateboarding, Jeff Grosso RIP.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Grosso at Vans 2014 ~ Photo Ian Logan

If you aren't a female skater or perhaps a parent of one, you may not know this.

Jeff Grosso who at times came off so core that you weren't sure what he'd say next, was also a big softie. Grosso was always supporting girls and women in skateboarding, whether it was encouraging words at a contest, having top female pro's on his show "Love Letters to Skateboarding", or some behind the scenes moments that most never knew about, Grosso was making sure women got their due.

Grosso passed away this week, and for a moment it seemed like the skateboarding world was so shocked they were silent, when reality finally hit, the posts started coming, with everyone having a special memory of this larger than life man who knew just about every female skater, pro to AM.

Lizzie with Grosso on "Grosso's Love Letters to Skateboarding"

Some of those female skaters have been leaving their memories and sentiments on Instagram in recent days, showing just how much he meant to the skate community.

Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word founder, Cindy Whitehead, remembers her first encounter with Grosso:

"It was at Exposure Skate contest at Poods Park. I was talking to another male '80s skater who Grosso was not too fond of. After I walked away from that conversation, a young boy walked over to me and said: "Grosso wants to talk to you". Uh oh, I thought, here it comes. Jeff was holding court sitting on top of a picnic table with quite a few people around him, I steadied myself for what I was sure was a confrontation. Instead, he said "Hey, Lizzie (Armanto) says that shirt the photographer is wearing is one of your shirts and I fucking love it!  Can I get one?  It was the tee-shirt we sell that says "Girls, Whiskey, Rock & Roll Skateboarding" I almost fell backward because this is not at all what I was expecting. At that moment I realized, that while he liked the shirt, his intention was to support the girls."

And that's what was so great about Jeff, he was never what you were expecting.

RIP Grosso, you will be missed.

A New (Free) Skate App That is A Must Have!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

SKATE BUD: Our rad friends at Stoke Much Magazine have a new app out called Skate Bud, that you need to download immediately!  It comes up with a map showing you where the skateparks are located, and once you click on that icon you'll get the name of the park, the address, and see detailed photos. You can also save the parks you like into "favorites" for easy access later. We love that each location on the app has symbols that make key info clear: is there parking or lights? Is the park a plaza, transition or hybrid?

The app also shows skate shops as well which is handy when you need to grab something last minute or you break your board. Start your faves list now in the app so when this stay at home ban is lifted you'll be ready to roll!

Plus it's a FREE app - so show your appreciation to our friends at Stoke Much, and rate the app after you download and use. We gotta push this baby to the top it's genius!

Two Women From The '70s Inducted Into 2020 Skateboard Hall Of Fame.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Deanna Calkins ~ Photo Glenn Miyoda
Teri Lawrence

Skateboarding Hall of Fame announced the 2020 inductees today, and it was nice to see these two ladies' names on the list!

Deanna Calkins skated slalom, freestyle and of course park, back in the day and was a team rider for Hobie.  She still has that same grace and style on a board today!

Teri Lawrence loved pools and skated vert every chance she got. Her aggressive style made her a favorite to watch at the contests!

Stay tuned for the date of the Skateboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony - it's usually in May but due to the Corona Virus that date is now TBD.

Congrats ladies!!

Tune In Today To See Who Is Inducted Into Skateboarding Hall Of Fame!

 In case you're not working from home or doing school work remotely, and have some extra time,
 tune in because The Skateboarding Hall of Fame will announce the Class of 2020 TODAY.

It all happens at 12 Noon PST via a live webcast on the Skateboarding Hall of Fame Facebook page.

In case you miss it, we will have an update on which female skateboarders were inducted this year! 

The 2020 Skateboarding Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Vans and Go Skateboarding Foundation, will not be happening during its normal window of time due to CoViD19. When the time is right we will announce the date of the ceremony.

Dew Tour Announces New Dates For Long Beach, CA Comp!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Bryce Wettstein


The World’s Best Male and Female Skaters to Compete in Park and Street Events

Carlsbad, Calif. (March 30, 2020) -- The Adventure Sports Network (ASN) and MTN DEWⓇ announced today that its annual summer Dew Tour skateboard competition and festival will now take place September 10-13 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif., the event’s home for its fifth consecutive year.

The event, originally planned for May 7-10 in Long Beach, was scheduled to be the last official global Olympic qualifying event in the U.S. for men’s and women’s skateboarding park and street competitions. Dew Tour also served as the first qualifying event in 2019. As the Tokyo Olympics are postponed to 2021, World Skate, as the sport's governing body, is working to provide an update on the status of skateboarding's suspended Olympic qualification system.

Leticia Bufoni

“Our primary focus is still to ensure the safety and health of our athletes, fans, partners and staff,” said Courtney Gresik, Vice President and General Manager of Dew Tour. “The Dew Tour will return to Long Beach September 10-13 and it will continue to be a four-day event with world-class competition and a festival. Of course, we will continue to monitor the developments around COVID-19. As we know, the landscape is changing daily and safety is paramount to everything we do.”

In addition to the pro men’s and women’s skateboard competitions, Dew Tour is a celebration of skateboarding competition, culture and creators. The multi-day event also includes a vibrant interactive sponsor village, the Dew Tour festival, live music, local food and beverage vendors and lifestyle activities including a public skate park. As always, Dew Tour will be free and open to the public.

The 2020 Dew Tour will be televised nationally on NBC and live-streamed on, Facebook, YouTube and other major platforms.

For more details, and to stay up to date on Dew Tour, visit, download the free Dew Tour App, and follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube @DewTour.

Misugu Okamoto

About Dew Tour

Dew Tour is an innovative contest series and content platform that brings together the world’s best skateboarders, snowboarders, skiers, artists, brands and fans in a celebration of creativity and style. In 2016, the Adventure Sports Network (ASN) became the official strategic partner to lead content production, execution and event staging for the Dew Tour. Working in close collaboration with ASN’s core action sports media brands and in partnership with DEW®, Dew Tour continues to progress events and content, bringing millions of action sports fans engaging stories and experiences across digital and broadcast mediums. In addition to and ASN’s digital network, Dew Tour’s summer and winter events are telecast on NBC.