Today let’s have an overview of the best skateboarders for us to learn from. These are the top skateboarders who push beyond their limits and create new styles/tricks.
I believe we should pay our respect and learn more from what these skateboarders have accomplished.
This list based on the popularity, skills, both genders, and all age range.
Let’s dive into it!
1. Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968, in San Diego, California. He started skateboarding very young when he was nine years old. At the time, he received his first skateboard as a gift from his older brother.
From that point, he became super passionate and spend most of this time on the skateboard. It does not take long for him to both develop his skill and got his first sponsor by the age of twelve.
What is so famous about him?
Everyone in the skateboarding community knows him as the first skateboarders who landed a 900. This is a skateboarding technique on a ramp where Tony rotates 900 degree – which is a two and a half turn in mid-air!
Besides his remarkable career, he is also the owner of the Birdhouse skateboard. This brand is considered one of the best skateboard brands to date. He also signed a deal with Activision, a game publisher, to have this own video game developed on multiple platforms.
There are more you can learn from the legendary Tony Hawk. Make sure you check out his best video here:
2. Rodney Mullen
Rodney was born in Grainsville, Florida on August 17, 1966. Just like Tony Hawk, he started skateboarding from a young age of 10. He soon obsessed with the skateboard and practiced for hours daily.
Lots of people would debate for Rodney being the Godfather of skateboarding. He is super well known for refining the Olie technique into many types of tricks.
Just to name a few, Rodney has come up with 360 flips, backside flip, Casper, impossible, etc. These tricks are the foundation and innovation for further skateboarding tricks in the future.
Rodney Mullen also won his first championship when he was fourteen. This made him famous in the freestyle and street skateboarding. From that point and on, he continued to amaze the community with his contributions.
Rodney also engaged in skateboard design and manufacturing process of other brands as well. He joined World Industries in 1989, forming both his team and his favorite skateboard. Later on, World Industries grew into the largest skateboard distribution company, Dwindle Distribution.
He has founded several businesses, one that most successful was Almost Skateboards. This brand nowadays provides high-quality skateboards that everyone love.
Check out Almost Skateboards, I bet you will love it!
Also, here is Rodney Mullen’s inspiring TED talk, going over his passion for skateboarding.
3. Nyjah Huston
You probably see him on the X Games contest series, as he never misses a competition since 2006. Before 2008, he was sponsored by Element Skateboard and joined the professional team here.
Though he was not successful with his past venture called I&I in 2009, he is now still the highest paying skateboarders in the world. Not only Element skateboards, but he also receives sponsors from big brands such as Monster Energy, Diamond Supply, Ricta, Nike, etc.
As you might have guessed, he is famous for both his skills and consistent records on many big contests like Tampa Pro, Street League skateboarding, etc.
Check out some of his victory moves here:
4. Paul Rodriguez
In Tarzana, California, Paul was born on December 31, 1984. He first received his skateboard when he was twelve as a Christmas gift from his parents. Soon, he nurtured his passion for skateboarding into a successful career.
He started with City Stars when he was sixteen. The City Stars team consists of a lot of professional skateboarders. He learned a lot with the team and form a solid foundation for later success in X Games and Street League Skateboarding.
He then riding to the top with other brands later on such as Girl Skateboard (2002) and Plan B (2013). You might have heard about his own deck company as well, Primitive skateboarding.
Throughout his career, he also receives lots of sponsorship, all thanks to his hard work and amazing performances. Companies such as Nike, Target, Nixon Watches, etc.
Paul also passionates in Filmography too. Check out his skateboarding moves here:
5. Chris Cole
He was born on March 10, 1982, in Statesville, North Carolina. He started skateboarding also quite early at the age of fourteen. As he grew up, he took the risk of quitting college and pursued skateboarding full-time.
His best skills are well demonstrated in many competitions, such as the X Games. Cole also received awards from Thrasher Magazine for the “Skater of the year” in both 2005 and 2009. Transworld skateboarding magazine also featured him as the “Reader’s choice” too.
Throughout his career, he has been both a professional skateboarder and business investor for Zero Skateboards. He has ownership Reign Skate ship in Philadelphia, and the Omit Apparel too.
Be sure you won’t miss his video below!
6. Bob Burnquist
Bob Burnquist is a Brazillian-American professional skateboarder. Don’t underestimate him though! He is well known for the first person who performs a “fakie 900”- a 900 degree reversed rotation.
Similar to the top skateboarders. Bob started skateboarding when he was eleven years old in Sao Paulo. He soon became a professional with his unique styles of vertical ramp tricks.
Due to his unique style, he got lots of attention in the X Games of 2000 with his famous Fakie 5-0. Following the next year onward. He won lots of Gold Medal from different styles in X Games.
With Bob, you can learn many new tricks as he consistently innovates his style!
Here is an interesting video:
7. Danny Way
If you are a fan of Plan B skateboard, you must come across the name Danny Way. He is one of the professional team members along with big names: Chris Cole, Ryan Sheckler, and others.
Originated from Portland, Oregon US, Danny was born on April 15, 1974. He is most well-known for dangerous stunts on the skateboard. His styles also go along with the mega ramp.
Unlike other big skateboarders, Danny only attended X Games from 2004 to 2009. Yet he made his big name for skating over the Great Wall of China.
Yes! No joking here!
He is the first and only person who dared to do an Olie over the Great Wall in 2005. If you don’t believe me check out his video here:
8. Bam Magera
For our next legend, Bam Magera is a popular name in both skateboarding and movie communities. Bam excels in most vert tricks, grind, and shredding.
His skateboarding career might be shorter than other legendaries skateboarders, lasting from 1997-2017. He did admit that skateboarding was always his core value. Over this period, he had many sponsors such as Toy Machine, Element Skateboards, Adio, Volcom Destroyer trucks, etc.
Bam actually became famous for his achievements in filmography. You probably saw him in the Jackass movies series, MTV’s Viva La Bam, etc. He is quite talented in this field while he both write and direct some movies.
Not easy to stop there!
Bam also conducted lots of side project such as his independent films: Haggard (2003) and Minghags. He had his Radio Bam and music shows featured in 2004 and 2005.
Even though he had lots of issue with legal troubles, health, and alcoholism, he managed to over them and returned to his skateboards recently.
Check out his cool moves below!
9. Eric Koston
Eric Koston is a respected and professional skateboarder from Bangkok, Thai Land. He was born there on April 29, 1975, and he got to skate in 1986. Now he is an American citizen who resides in California.
He was first sponsored by H-street company, joining along with big names such as Tony Magnusson, Danny Way, and Mike Ternasky.
In the following years, he also received sponsors from other brands till today such as Numbers, Independent, Spitfire, Diamond, Nike SB, theberrics.com, Oakley, Jessup.
His skateboarding career was most recognized in the X Games series from 1995 to 2007. Many fans consider his style is very funny, goofy yet professional when it comes to competition.
People even call him the “Michael Jordan of skateboarding” for his positive influence and inspirations for young skateboarders. Check out one of this best move right here!
10. Daewon Song
Born on Feb 19, 1975, in Seoul, South Korea, Daewon then grew up in Gardena, California. He earned his US citizenship and started skateboarding since he was fourteen.
He soon had more passion for skateboarding and later received sponsorship from World Industries just two years later. From there, he has expanded his skills and develop his partnership with Rodney Mullen later on.
Daewon was famous for his feature on Thrasher magazine as “Skater of the year” in 2006. Though he did not win lots of contest, his influences in technical skateboarding have proved otherwise.
He has been mentioned a lot in Transworld Skateboarding as who can control the skateboard like knowing the back of his hands. No doubt that he has learned a lot from Rodney and the community over his years of experience.
If you really want to master skateboarding faster, Daewon Song is the one you should look up to!
Here are some critical techniques you can learn:
That is the list I would like to share, wishing you to have fun in your skateboarding journey!
Until next time, peace out!