– This is a love note, not a love letter. We’re gonna talk about copers. I’m your host Jeff Grosso and this is all about the wonderful world of grinding on plastic. (feedback) ♪ Now that we’re old and ugly ♪ The reason that guys were
able to learn how to grind like everybody nowadays without copers was because copers were invented. (quiet indie music) Everybody’s fucking heroes, you know, Olsen, Dwayne,
Salba, all those dudes, everyone rode copers. They were fucking cool. (methodical punk music) There was no such thing
as Salba Sauce back then. Skate park coping was
fucking dry as a bone and people weren’t
doing lots of lip tricks and breaking it in and stuff. (distorted heavy metal music) – [Announcer] That’ll
be it for Bob Serafin. – So the advent of the
coper went a long way to push modern day skateboarding forward. First they got up to the edge. They started doing wheelers. You had midtracks and haftracks and skateboard trucks
were really, really skinny and then they started,
as boards widened out, trucks started to widen out and the boys started being
able to grind and make noise. There’s an article in
Skateboarder Magazine, if I remember correctly, like a trick tip how to do the stand-up grind. The modern day grind
would not be where it is if it wasn’t for that
little short time span where there was this
little plastic revolution, I’m sure it would’ve happened, Shreddy didn’t ride copers and he fucking stood right the fuck up, but that’s not how it went down. Everybody rode copers. Everybody loved them. And then everybody didn’t. Slowly but surely, we started
kicking them off our boards. I hope you enjoyed. Go skate! (chuckling) (grinding) (heavy metal music)

Loveletters Season 10: Love Note to Copers | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

62 thoughts on “Loveletters Season 10: Love Note to Copers | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

  • October 3, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    I look forward to this shit thanks jeff for keeping it old school 😎🤘

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Cut some pvc pipe for diy copers, just make sure u leave enough room for top of hanger and kingpin adjustment

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    Grinding the plastic fantastic. I remember it well….

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    1:58 Cardiel?

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    What song is that at 2:35 ? Sounds like seek and destroy a little

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:46 am
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    I wanna hear Jeff talk about everything ❤

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:10 pm
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    just cant get enough love letters.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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    they mostly fell off

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    Grosso

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    who remembers using copers on ramps with pvc coping? prolly nobody cuz it didn't feel like anything to remember

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    Anyone reading this comment it is my birthday so a sub to my channel would be the best gift ever!

    The amount of people who liked this comment subbed and are kind!

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    Copers were dope! Man we had all kinds of plastic shit on our boards back in the 80's. I like that sk8boarding has come to a point where you can put rails on your board, or have a shaped board, and no one gives you shit about it. It wasn't too long ago where if you didn't have tiny ass wheels, or baggy ass pants and a shirt that was 9 times to big, you weren't part of the "kool kids".
    It's really nice to see skateboarding break away from that. What's happening now with sk8boarding is just incredible! And Grosso….. Thank you for all the history and legends we tend to forget about. I love how you come out and tell it like it is. It's refreshing. And now……….. it's time to SK8! KEEP PUSHING PEOPLE!

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    How about a Love Letter to the layback?

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    please talk about cameras that were used through out the years pleaseeeeee!!

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    No mention of Lappers…… Lol….for those that could Ollie the curb

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    The sound grinding makes is horrible, spots get wrecked, but it sells more trucks.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    You could’ve just sprinkled in hewitts comment on copers

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    my freinds and made em with pvc pipe. too poor to afford copers and certainly couldnt afford new trux

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    def had some coppers back in the day. 😜

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    *Deleated comment re legendary Australian coper 1980's. That was a Borgy.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Copers sounds like a drug classification

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    i found some copers a few years ago, threw em on as a goof. they kept slipping side-to-side and jamming into the bearing hub on the wheels. i dunno how anyone added all the extra plastic shit on their boards. seems so unnecessary

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  • October 3, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    Where can I get that hat?

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  • October 3, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Do a lovenote about that little rock…..the one you hit and go flying. "love note…to that little rock"

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  • October 3, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Back in 1986 I had a John Lucero Schmitt Stix with Tracker trucks (with copers) and Vision Blur wheels and German bearings. The only thing I’m ashamed of is the Tracker trucks, not the copers that were on them.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Jay Smith frontside layback done at super high speed on the cover thumbnail

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  • October 3, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    the crafts store had this stuff called friendly plastic. you could boil it and melt it then put it on your trucks. it was a little soft but it worked. this was around the same time "sex bolts" happened. that was when you would have two of your front bolts on upside down so you could ollie and tear the crap out of your shoes.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    For some of us who had to buy our own gear we couldn't afford new trucks every year .

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  • October 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    I remember when copers became un- cool. So, In the late 80s after nobody was using them. I would put copers on for fun & hit slappy curbs until they broke into pieces. It was really fun to do ridiculously long grinds (before wax).

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  • October 3, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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    Lime Green and Purple Bones Three's on White Six Traks with copers all mounted to a '84 Brand X with Powell rails …still have the old 'yacht'.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    I thought he was going to talk about the police

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  • October 3, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    Only one a-ya know? In this episode

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  • October 3, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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    WE WANT LETTERS!!!!

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  • October 3, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    JEFF, VANS,,,, I NEED THAT HAT OR THAT ON A PULLOVER

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  • October 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Who invented copers? I remember people popping the plastic part of the supermarket shopping cart handle and making copers out of those. "They're free!"

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  • October 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    No insert of Grosso saying "Copers suck. Fuck copers!," much to Peter Hewitt's chagrin???

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  • October 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Where can I get his hat thou??

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  • October 3, 2019 at 9:29 pm
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    Grosso of sobriety on Drugs again?

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  • October 3, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Copers!! I bet the kerb oustide my parents still has plastic embedded from 30 years ago 💗

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  • October 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    By time i started skating in 89 copers were very uncool ,

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  • October 3, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    the Hewitt quote. w Jeff from some other love letters . "Copers sucked and they always sucked." just for the look on Jeff's face is priceless.
    Keep up the good work!

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    You have to know that Lots of early skateparks with pools especially Required Copers to skate there! The Turf is the first that comes to mind.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Do lappers next!

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    Made your (already heavy) board heavy as shit. The rails, the copers, the tail guard, the nose guard, the lapper (bird). Just people making plastic parts to sell you for your skateboard. Some were needed to make your board ride better, others were not. Some stood the test of time like risers, rails and copers.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    I had copers. They were fun.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    Lappers , rib bones , nose bone , rip grip !never forget the the super bird 🤘

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    Older dudes were makin them out of the plastic handle thing on the grocery store shopping carts I remember

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  • October 4, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Fucking love you grossso

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    Tracker ultralights with copers

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    Had to rock copers at the Turf.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:43 am
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    For everyone saying they couldn't afford new trucks every year, I guarantee you probably spent more money on copers per year than a new set of trucks would have cost, especially if you were riding Trackers. Their copers were pretty expensive. Indy copers were a lot cheaper but wore out or broke a lot faster. I am guilty of this as well, I still have a set of Indy stage 2 169s that are in great condition thanks to copers.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    The reason we stopped using copers wasn't because they became uncool all of a sudden, it was because all of the skateparks closed and everyone started riding backyard half pipes with pvc coping. You just didn't need them on pvc, it was actually worse grinding on pvc with copers. If you had a ramp with real pool coping, I bet you were still using copers though.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    Fuck copers, give me raw metal and concrete that fkn sounds is gold

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  • October 4, 2019 at 8:02 am
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    never do a nose pick – commander fun

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  • October 4, 2019 at 8:31 am
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    borgy copers best ever!!

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  • October 4, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    Remember G and S trucks with the plastic middle?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    I was ostracized from my community for using copers. Now, I live in a utopian village where everything on one's board will slide and grind in a heavenly way ,and our savior purifies us after every session.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    I can't imagine grinding the curbs in front of my parents house without copers. Nobody used wax back then that I remember.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    1:10 that was cool.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    Always Cheap Trick and Devo blasting thru the comp speakers ! Standard Hewitt Sightings ! Barking trucks !

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    honestly, i'd prefer people still used copers over gumming up every fucking lip in existence. but better yet is along the lines of the short lived G&S trucks that were welded and not cast and could grind on just about anything because they weren't soft and biting into the dry cement coping

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