Last Updated on September 13, 2021 by Steven C. Martin
Skateboarder – what does the word remind you?
A guy, covered with tough gears, sliding against the rails, running at a great speed, jumping on the gaps? I know these scenes are crossing your mind.
Undoubtedly, skateboarding is always fun.
But do you know the facts about the skateboard riders? Do they really make fun out of the sport? Or they have any need to undergo lots of practices from an early part of life?
Of course, the mainstream skateboarders enjoy their rides. Without enjoying completely, it was not possible to perform all the stunts.
At the same time, they have to practice for hours in a day.
In fact, skateboarding is not a traditional recreational activity or a mode of transportation. It is all about your passion, practice and skills. If you are not passionate, you will stumble in every steps.
In this post, we will discuss about the top 10 skateboarders of the world. Let’s check – what they did and how they did.
It also would be an inspiration for those who want to be skateboarding professionals.
Who is the famous & best skateboarder of all time?
It was a tough call. After reviewing the biographies and videos of numbers of skateboarders, I have made this list. But I don’t want to categorize them as all of them are the best.
Enjoy reading the short biographies.
Rodney Mullen – Greatest skateboarders of all time
John Rodney Mullen – this is the first name that appeared in our search. He is one of the most famous skateboarders of all time. The 10-year old boy started skateboarding. And the rest of the events are now history which have made him a legend. In fact, he is the person who played a lead role to make skateboarding as a form of sport.
Rodney Mullen is the man who invented several types of flips. The most popular flips like 360 flip or ollies. And he won the world championship when he was 14 only.
His skateboard riding is magical. When he hits the street, skateboard is like a part of his body. Performing stunts appears his natural movement. His freestyle moves will enchant you magnificently.
Interestingly, John Rodney Mullen is termed as the Godfather of Skateboarding.
The skateboard history of the USA remains incomplete with the name – Andrew Reynolds. Now, he was the co-founder of Baker – a popular skateboarding brand. And now, he solely owns his brand Baker Skateboards.
In fact, this is the guy who will always remain in the top the list of the skateboarders of all time.
His fascination to skateboard began when he was 9. Influenced by some videos during the 1990s, he is now one of the greatest skateboarders.
In his skateboarding career, he underwent ups and downs. Also, he has changed the brands to sharpen his skills and expertise. Gradually, he became one of the skateboard influential.
Letícia Bufoni e Silva – it’s the name of a female who is dominating the skateboard for 8 years. Yes, she is the lady who loves skateboarding and has won numbers of medals. Even, she is enlisted to the Guiness Book of World Records, too for her street performance.
This Brazilian skateboard star also has a huge number of fans and followers in her social platforms. And now, she is preparing for Olympics with her skateboarding skills.
At the age of nine, she started her journey with skateboard. And she passed most of the times in the street to perform stunts and tricks of skateboard.
But the early days were not so smooth as they are now. She witnessed trouble from her family, especially her dad was against the concept that a female should not be skateboarding.
However, she received X Games gold medals for five times.
Paul Martin Rodriguez Jr – another famous name in skateboarding. He received his first skateboard as present from his parents at the age of 12. And then he did not look back. Alongside skateboarding, he is also a rapper and actor as well.
So far, Paul Rodriguez has won eight medals for his extraordinary performance in X Games. But everything began from the passion of skateboard.
At the second year of his teenage, he was involved with a local skateboard team. And he won the battle through his skateboarding video. Later, he started shining in different videos – though he was an amateur.
Gradually in 2014, he launched his skateboarding brand. It was named – Primitive Skateboarding.
Some skateboarding tricks are precise. But tougher to land. And Robert Dean Silva Burnquist has mastered the art of these precise tricks with creativity.
So far, Bob has won 26 medals in X Games, though he participated in 52 sessions. He started his skateboarding career when he was only 11. But it took next three years for him to become a professional in this sector.
He is famous for his landing in the Grand Canyon. And he can switch between positions instantly. It’s like a magical performance.
His 900-degree reverse natural rotation makes him a prominent figure in the history of skateboarding.
Interestingly, he owns his private skating zone. And he has also appeared in some pro video games.
Before Elissa Steamer, there were no female pro skateboarders. She is the only lady who achieved the title. And she performs exceptionally.
The transitions of movements will make you captivated. No matter where she rides – either in streets or in parks- she demonstrate her skills and expertise. And the videos also demonstrate her skills. She is super-fast and can easily skate on large rails.
Besides, after starting her professional career in 1995, she was dominant in each of her competitions. Even, she took part in numbers of skate videos as well.
She had won her fourth X Games gold medal in 2008 event. She also became a character in Pro-Skater series video games.
Nyjah Imani Huston – he’s the guy who started skateboarding at the age of 4. Yes, it’s true about him. In World Skateboarding Championship, so far, he has won five medals.
And the list of his success continues in line with the title of the highest paid skateboarder and participation as video game character.
But he had to undergo lots of trainings and times (at least five hours of practice in a day to learn newer tricks). Also, he took part in several killer videos as well.
Recently, he gained the title of contest skater and has regular videos of street performance. However, he is a hard-working personality dedicated to sharpen his skills every day. But everything has been possible for the dedication and lifestyle supervised by his father.
Let’s check on someone from the old school. Steve Caballero is one of those. He was a pro during the 1980s.
His journey as a skateboarder began even before he reached his teen.
He had a grand success history in his days. Back in 1987 Titus World Cup, he won the first position in two styles. In fact, he is a legend.
People remember him even in this present day for his vertical skating. He also holds the record for long-standing on the skateboard on a half-pipe. Some of the media outlets termed him as the Skater of the Century for his outstanding performance.
This legend has won titles out the USA as well.
Incredible talent and Eric Koston are synonymous.
He is one of the top 10 skateboarders who can perform some special tricks and stunts. But he has the way of clean and smooth stunt. Some of his videos show how competitive he is.
Koston has also been featured in some of the prominent video game series.
Ten years later after beginning skateboarding, between 1996 – 2008, he won numbers of titles and medals. And most of those were prestigious awards.
Interestingly, some of the leading skateboarders follow him as their role model.
Mark Gonzales – aka The Gonz has appeared over 15 video game titles. In fact, he is the forerunner of the street skating of the present days. He was one of those skateboarders who used to skate on handrails – a risky job, indeed.
Some of his tricks and stunts were out the manuals. So, those tricks made everyone spellbound.
Named as the Most Influential Skateboarder of All Time, The Gonz belongs to a Mexican descent. He started skating during his teen and developed his distinctive style after he was 15.
In the present day, his tricks may appear too much basic but those were modern and exclusive approaches in his days.
Conclusion of most famous skateboarders
There is one thing common among everyone. All of them started skateboarding early in their life. And they devoted themselves to earn the skills.
And you know, it is really hard to skate through the rails unless you are highly skilled. But the skateboarders of all time did those with smoothness. This is their sincerity and passion.
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Steven is a professional Boarders. He rides different types of the board like Skateboard, Longboard, Hoverboard. Scooter Any many other things. He discovered a whole new universe and a fantastic community. He has been riding for the last eight years. He loves riding and his hobby is riding. Find on Twitter!