In an age of self-censorship the skateboard world has never needed a figurehead like Vans Legend Jeff Grosso as much as it does now. Jeff has flipped the bird in the face of convention since the early ‘80s. His no B.S. skating and style of speak have made him every skater’s favorite skater for ages. Despite being nearly 50, Jeff’s self-deprecating sense of humor and straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it-is history lessons on the hit Vans web series, Love Letters To Skateboarding, have made him the voice of the next generation.
WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON AND WHY?
An acid trip back in ‘86. I thought I’d figured something out but then, no, it was gone.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
Alex Perelson for a $1000.
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
I wish I could trick myself into believing that anyone cares what I think. Turn off your computer and go, man. Go.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SKATING?
I enjoy smoking, the poetry of my dog, Gus, pontificating on life and love. Recently I put paint to canvas for the first time. Visceral! I'm writing a memoir with a ghost writer; it's a cautionary tale. I shoot photos, blog, do Pilates, yoga, run ten miles a day. I'm currently renovating a ‘64 Chevelle and my ‘49 Panhead FL is cherry. I ride on weekends, weather permitting. I also work with a local youth outreach program – you gotta keep those young minds fertile. My band is working on some "new" material that I think our fans will find off the chain. What else? I'm toying with the idea of starting a new vintage headwear company. I don't know, just something different.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible.