(upbeat music) ♪ Sidenote ♪ ♪ Everybody in this
town wants to get down ♪ ♪ Love letters ♪ – To us Ray Bones
Rodriguez was everything. Pure and simple. (“Sweatshop Session” by PuppetHaed Vibes) He was the most fluid,
just beautiful skateboarder that I had ever laid my young eyes on. When he rode he just flowed. He barely made any noise. He rode those big Powell cubic wheels and he would just glide effortlessly. And he did the raddest tail taps. He rode with his feet real close together and he’d grab back by his front foot instead of grabbing the nose. We just related to him,
just to the core level. He was just everything to us. He was so stylish and so cool. When his board came out, he bar none had the most
popular board on the market. Ray Bones Rodriguez single-handedly put Powell Peralta on the map. He was the Bodus Brigade. For that time and space when Ray turned pro and got his board, it was well deserved. And that generation of skate boarders came and went so quickly. But yet his impact on skateboarding, overall to this day, is and was just profound.

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

63 thoughts on “Loveletters Season 10: Ray Bones Love Note | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

  • May 23, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    Yo old school historical awesomeness!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Ray , rad

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Grosso! 🤟🏽

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    Bro. Wtf with vans these last episodes need to be an hour long.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    I don't like, having a lot of nose ,on my board to this day, I am a vert sk8er, not a Freestyler,

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm
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    I want more

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    I used to have his board hung up on my wall as a kid but you guys forgot to say go skate again

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    👏👏

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    to my 40 & older rippers~ I bought a original PowellPeralta Ray Underhill comlete off Craigslist a few years ago
    AND I WAS BLOWN AWAY @ THE QUALITY OF THE DECK…
    *I don't know if all decks in the late 1980's we're such high quality or just Powell.
    I had Grosso WOnderland,H-street DannyWay & don't remember.

    I don't skate the Underhill board because it's a Beast. "The Beast", it's super heavy and concave is gnarly & the nose is huge & the tail is very steep..
    I dunno how we tre flipped these decks back then…
    So I tightened up the Tracker Ultra Lights and put Reds in the G-bones and now bomb NewEngland hills with it every now & then when I just wanna go fast..
    ~I did try to skate it normal & it's hard to control because of the steep tail. I mean STEEP..
    IF that tail we're a quarter pipe it would be almost vert like gnarly lol
    but the quality of the eck is easillynoticed..
    **I hope they we're all likek that back then…

    WAS HOPING some other old timers can tell me the cutoff dates of that quality wood so I know what era I need to look for with a shape I can handle.
    aka the original bLind era deck shapes. or spoon shape…

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  • May 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Love this shit. Been watching the show for years. I eat all of this up. It’s so rad.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    Would somebody please give Jeff a tissue..

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  • May 23, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    Born in 1990 so unaware of a lot of these rippers, this is the kinda history I come here for

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  • May 23, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    I saw a tear..? nice Mr. JG

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    It's so cool to look back at how skateboarding has evolved over the years.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Very, VERY cool to shine light at Ray Bones. He was before my time, but influenced the guys that influenced me. It's a bit like finding out who your fave bands' fave bands are. Respect.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    Beautiful.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Ray Bones Legendary ripper that you only put together a 2 min episode together for? This guy deserves a full letter at least 15 min man

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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    What’s been with the last two episodes? 2-3 minutes? China and DIY episodes were damn near 30 minutes long…

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  • May 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    you have a complete legand helping you with these video. Give it up too the Charonowski Brothers Rick and Glenn!!!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    So what happened to him? You act like he died. If he's alive, why not interview him?

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  • May 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    What happened to him?

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  • May 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    I totally agree,. He was the first pro I saw, he was riding the metal quicksilver board and he was the template for what perfect style is.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    I'm always waiting on the next Loveletters. The history of skating is so fuckn awesome. Can't get enough.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    What's with the sinfully short episodes

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  • May 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    Not one F bomb in this whole clip. Hmm feeling ok J G? Yeah dude I got out there! just broke my freaken Fibula bone in my leg though. But I was out there, and it was fantastic!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Skull and sword enough said

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  • May 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    💥💥💥Ray bones 💥💥💥

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  • May 23, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    "You can't have videos like public domain and ban this without selling a million ray bones Rodriguez boards"

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  • May 23, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    TURN THIS SHIT OFF AND GO FUCKING SKATE!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    The reason I first fell in love with the stunt wood. Respect.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    Saw Ray Bones skate Apple skatepark in 1980 dude was so smooth and quiet I was blown away. The best board graphic ever.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Too f-ing short man! What's the rest of his story?

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  • May 23, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Never knew this. But now seems a little lame that Powell rebrand his pro board graphic as the Skull & Sword. I know Ray didn't "own" the graphic, but still.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 12:31 am
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    Ray at 6:21 Boogie Bowl Skatepark 1978/79? https://youtu.be/yEAFDjVk3t8

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  • May 24, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    Fuck you powell peralta for betraying ray.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    Powell never half steps on riders, should have known better, I just called it skull and sword. Ray Bones!

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  • May 24, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    Zero mention of him in the Bones Brigade documentary… 😕

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  • May 24, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    I remember skating with Ray. He was the most stylish, smoothest, and effortless skater I ever saw. He flowed from wall to wall.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 3:22 am
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    @JeffGrosso I continue to love your passion for the history of skateboarding.The longevity of this series is so impressive and it brings me happiness every time I can sit down and listen to your opinions of these people / events. Keep up the amazing work.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 3:26 am
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    First real skateboard deck I ever saw…still the best graphic ever!

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  • May 24, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Fuck the two people who disliked this video

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  • May 24, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    Epic. What I met Ray Bones he was riding for Epic it was kind of weird .Sign-In Bowl days. Rad history on this rad Man.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    Finally, an expletive free Grosso vid? That was the first thing I noticed other than you're always knowledgeable and appreciated admiration for some great skaters. Ray Bones was probably the most underrated of all the Bones Brigade members. Style rules!

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  • May 24, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Love it, keep 'em coming Grosso!

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  • May 24, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    "So propound that 2 mins is all we can muster?"

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  • May 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    So rad all the youngsters get a history lesson that matters lol

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  • May 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    I had a sword & skull board in 85. Every one in my neighborhood still called it ray bones board

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  • May 24, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    Dude Jeff, start your own podcast already

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  • May 24, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    This needs to be about 2 hours longer. I remember my next-door neighbor came home with Ray's deck and I was mesmerized by the Skull and Sword graphic, I was 7 years old at the time but became a skater right then and there!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    No Jake Phelps tribute huh??? No mentions at all even huh???

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  • May 25, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    Ícone máximo do Skateboard de todos os tempos, Maximum skateboard icon of all time.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    Great. Thanks for sharing.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    Longer Episode PLZ!. We need dates and years and locations. We need history. I mean, how did he get the nick name "Bones", and why did the Powell empire launch Bones Wheels, and Bones Bearings? Ray does not even have a Wiki page, FFS! Please do this, our history is important.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    Legend…, love the sword and skull graphic my bud had that deck in 83, so jealous

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  • May 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    Spends that much time talking about how much style he had/has and NO VIDEOS??????

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  • May 25, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    I was born in 1974…My dad was a local pro skater in Jacksonville Fl.(RATTOWN).IN 1979 I SEEN THE POWERFUL POWELL PERALTA RAY BONES PRO BOARD…WELL….YOU COULD SAY I WAS BORN AGAIN…Powell Prealta for life

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  • May 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Old mane grosso

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  • May 25, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Yea man i remember we copied them moves and could not wait for next magazine to come out to figure the next bunch of tricks yea stylish

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  • May 28, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Ray Bones was the first pro to come to Surfin' Turf. He blew our minds with his style, smoothness, and the lines he drew in our own park that we hadn't even thought of. Heavy influence on so many.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    Msn i could watch a full doco on Ray. Would love someone to go deep,with him, hes earnt it.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    correct.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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    So was his nickname Bones before the Bones brigade and that's what it's named after?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Cool video.. Perhaps too short, and over too quick.. It left me wanting to see more.

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