Skateboarder Magazine

Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters To Skateboarding: Old Skate Mags Pt. 2

YouTube Preview ImageSkateboarder Magazine was the bible for skating back in the 1970’s- Grosso sits down with Steve Olson, Eric Dressen, Jim Muir, Chris Strople and others to talk about the magic of print. Check out the entire archive of Skateboarder Magazine’s Vol 1- Vol 6 online at

Skateboarder Magazine’s First Four 1960s Issues Reprinted

quarterly skateboarder mag toutSet the dial on your Way Back Machine to 1964. That’s the year skateboarding first exploded in popularity, prompting Surfer magazine founder John Severson to introduce The Quarterly Skateboarder, the first publication dedicated solely to covering the newly-emerging revolution. Pre-dating any other skateboard magazine, book, zine, movie or video that you can name, The Quarterly Skateboarder (the name changed to Skateboarder Magazine with the third issue) went on to profile in its four 1960s issues, the cream of the crop of the first wave of pros: Danny Bearer, Pat McGee, Tommy Ryan and Woody Woodward.

Also featured were skateboarding’s first major contest, the International Skateboard Championships, the first-ever published photo of backyard pool riding, an epic downhill run at San Diego’s Concourse, night rallies, plenty of early Rick Griffin artwork and classic ads from pioneering brands like Gordon and Smith, Hobie, Makaha, Nash, Roller Derby, Skee-Skate and Super Surfer.

Vol. 1, No. 1″>Fully restored, all four 1960s issues of The Quarterly Skateboarder and Skateboarder Magazine are available from the print-on-demand publisher, Blurb, perfect bound and printed on thick, premium paper. They are really deluxe! With original copies fetching well north of $100.00 each, these reprints are an easy way for collectors to acquire copies for considerably less. But, order soon, because they will be limited. After 200 copies of each issue have been sold, the magazines will no longer be available. Published with the permission of the owner of Skateboarder, The Enthusiast Network, 50% of the profits will be donated to the Next Up Foundation, which helps at-risk youth by supporting their development, education, and healthy lifestyles.

Vol. 1, No. 1

Cover: Dave Hilton, Editorial: Sidewalk Surfing?, Profile: Mike Hynson, Tips From Tommy (Ryan), Night Rallies, The Big Jump (high jumps), the Well-Equipped Skateboarder (Rick Griffin cartoon), Performance Plus, People You Meet on the Slopes (Rick Griffin cartoon), Getting Around (reader submissions, including the first-ever published photo of pool skating), Surfer/Skier/Skateboarder, Wheelies (cartoons). Major ads include Skee-Skate, Jack’s Banzai Exhibition Team, Roller Derby, Hobie, Bun Buster and Super Surfer.

Vol. 1, No. 2

Cover: Jack’s Skateboard Team, Editorial: Why Speed?, Profile: JoJo Perrin, Tips From Dave: The Kickturn, Skateboard Paradise (the Concourse), Surfer/Skateboarder (a comparison of the two sports), The Year Skateboarding Made the Olympics (fiction), Getting Around (reader submissions), Dear Scateboarder Mag (sic), Skateboarding Around the World, Rallies, Test Pilot (cartoon), Clubs and Contests, Wheelies (cartoons). Major ads include Tuk ‘n’

Vol. 1, No. 3

Cover: Torger Johnson, Editorial: Skateboarding Comes of Age, Profile: Danny Bearer, International Skateboard Championships in Anaheim, Skateboardland (Rick Griffin cartoon that foreshadows the Mega Ramp forty years early), Tips on Tricks, Rodney Dangerfield: Skateboard Agent (fiction), Getting Around (reader submissions), Contests, Wheelies (cartoons). Major ads include Nash, the Randy 720 (the first-ever skateboard shoe), Hobie, Trick Track, G&S Fibreflex and Super Surfer.

Vol. 1, No. 4 Contents

Cover: Pat McGee, Editorial: Skateboarding’s Rights and Duties, Profile: Pat McGee, Skateboard Tips, Skateboarding France, Murphy Gets a Story (Rick Griffin cartoon), Profile: Woody Woodward, The Moscow Adventures of Secret Agent Rodney Dangerfield (fiction), Getting Around (reader submissions), Wheelies (cartoons). Major ads include Crest Skate Wheels, Sterling’s Mustang and Hobie.