Jeff Grosso Passes Away At 51 Years Old

Jeff Grosso Passes Away At 51 Years Old

Tailslide over the channel, Costa Mesa. Photo: Dave Swift

Jeff Grosso, the reliably outspoken skate critic and historian, passed away in his home yesterday at 51. Grosso began his career in the ’80s, skating for brands Santa Cruz and Black Label. More recently, he’d been the host of Vans‘ ‘Loveletters To Skateboarding’ which had completed ten seasons, each one more compelling than the last.

Tony Hawk offered his condolences: “”Jeff was a true skateboarder at his core, and a great wealth of entertainment, insight and valuable philosophy to a younger generation. I was lucky enough to skate with him over the last four decades and occasionally featured on his Vans’ Loveletters’ series.”

Grosso in Santa Cruz’s 1989 Streets On Fire.

There’s no official word on cause of death. Stay tuned for a special photo feature from Dave Swift, who has had the pleasure of working closely with Grosso for over 40 years. In the meantime, read some heartfelt condolences from skaters whom Grosso has touched, directly or indirectly, during his epic lifetime. His unique, honest voice will be sorely missed. RIP Jeff Grosso: 1968-2020.


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