Last night Vans paid homage to one of their greatest ever riders, Jeff Grosso.
They have uploaded the incredible closing section from their first full-length video 'Propeller'. An 80's inspired backyard ramp session featuring Jeff alongside his friends Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan and Lizzie Armanto.
"With Propeller being the first ever full-length skateboarding film from Vans, there was no question that it needed to pay homage its roots. Opening with an 80’s style backyard ramp session quickly became the plan, but what most don’t know is that Jeff Grosso single-handedly made it happen. From finding the location to assembling the skaters, Jeff became the heart and soul behind the shoot. Here for the first time is a full cut of what went down during those three epic days. This is a tribute to Jeff and everything he brought to our world through his boundless love for skateboarding. Featuring Jeff Grosso, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Lizzie Armanto and Omar Hassan. Grosso Forever."
Despite the social distancing, Vans also arranged for his friends to get together to celebrate his life during a virtual birthday event. Hear from legends like Steve Van Doren, John Lucero, Steve Olson, Steve Alba and Lizzie Armanto who pay tribute to one of the best personalities that ever graced a skateboard.
"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."