Grosso forever


On March 31, the skateboarding community faced downhearted news that Jeff Grosso, a professional skateboarder from Arcadi, California, passed away at the age of 51 at Hoag Hospital in Newport beach.

“Today we have the terrible task of saying a heartbreaking goodbye to beloved verticalist, commentator and friend of the mag Jeff Grosso,” wrote Micheal Burnette on the Thrasher Magazine instagram.

Grosso entered the skateboarding scene as a professional skater at the age of 12. He rose through the ranks of skateboarding all throughout the 1980s, later fell out of the scene, yet returned to make his comeback.

“Jeff went from number-one amateur to 80s superstar to cautionary tale and back again. His latest role as lovable curmudgeon, host of his own history-packed web series and keeper of skateboarding’s righteousness, unafraid to offend or annoy in his quest to educate, was by far his greatest – second only to being Oliver’s dad,” Brunette continued.

Throughout this time condolences and tributes came from all of the skateboarding community, with brands like Vans, and fellow skaters such as Tony Hawk, mentioning how much of an influence he was.

“To say Jeff’s impact on our brand, our people and skateboarding was unparalleled, would be an underestimation of how much of a role he played in the lives of us all— there was nothing that Jeff wouldn’t do to uplift skateboarding and the people around it. Jeff Grosso is the epitome of skateboarding. We mourn the loss of our dear friend and our thoughts are with his family during this time,” expressed the Vans company.

Grosso will forever be missed by skaters across the world. Grosso forever.