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Skateboarding is an extreme sport in which people ride and also perform various tricks on a skateboard. Their first skateboards were ordinary boards with wheels attached to them.
In the early 1960s, skateboards began to be produced on an industrial basis, and thanks to the media, sports became popular, championships began to be held. But the names of the most famous and important athletes for skateboarding remain in the shadows, which we will try to fix.
Rodney Mullen, USA. Like many other stars of this sport, Rodney represents famous brands - Globe, Almost, Tensor. Mullen's contribution to skateboarding is difficult to overestimate. You can just mention that it was he who came up with half of the tricks that formed the basis of his current skating. The main inventions of the athlete are the ollie (the jump with the board, which is the basis of almost all tricks), as well as the kickflip, which became the guarantee of all flips. Mullen was the first to perform about 20-25 of the variety of tricks. In the late 80s, Rodney began to promote extreme sports on the streets and by his own example showed that skateboarding is not only about ramps, bowls and verts. The fact is that since the appearance of this direction in the 1960s, a stereotype has emerged that it is strongly associated with radii. Rodney was the one who was able to change public opinion. The great athlete still skates, filming for video. His last big profile was in Almost's Round 3 video. They say that Rodney Mullen wants to do at least one more game of tricks.
Tony Hawk, USA. This skateboarder's name is associated with brands such as Birdhouse, Quiksilver and Fury. Tony Hawk is rightfully considered the most famous skater in the world and the most successful. He began performing in the late 1970s and since then has continued to demonstrate the most difficult tricks. At the age of 12, Hawke acquired his first sponsor, and at the age of 14 he already received the status of "Pro". Hawke's successes are associated with vert skateboarding. For a long time, he was considered the best ramp skater of all. It was Tony who was the first to do 900, that is, a rotation of 2.5 turns. This happened during the X-Games in 1999. And world fame came to Tony Hawk after the release of the computer game "Tony Hawk's Proskater". This project was originally planned as a private. However, unexpectedly, the game became a bestseller among gamers and skaters all over the world for many years. More than ten sequels of the famous series have already been released, each time the graphics and gameplay are improving. Thanks to this game, skateboarding became popular all over the world, and Tony Hawk himself became famous. In competitions, he has not been filmed for several years, however, he is filmed in video and in photos.
Mark Gonzales, USA. Associated with this athlete are Adidas, Krooked, 4star, Spitfire and Independent. Gonzales is considered to be the pioneer of street skateboarding as we know it. Although Rodney Mullen went outside long before Mark, he worked mostly on flat surfaces, avoiding additional obstacles. But Gonzales was the first to see one continuous skateboarding ground in the streets of cities, modern architecture and urban landscape. Thus, the athlete managed to turn skating into a creative and varied activity. Mark was the first who managed to do a trick on his skateboard on the street railings, he was one of the first to skate in a switch. It should be noted that Mark's successes are not limited to this sport alone, he has achieved good success in art. The skater draws a lot, there are even exhibitions of his work. Many of Mark's sketches are used even in Krooked's deck designs. True, Gonzales is known for his strange deeds and not always adequate behavior. He could well spend several thousand dollars on shoes and ruin them in just a few minutes on a skateboard. It happened that Mark tried to kickflip on someone else's bike.
Eric Koston, USA. This skater rides for Lakai, Girl, 4star, Spitfire and Independent. This personality is also significant to the community. He began his path to fame back in the first half of the 1990s, a couple of years later he became famous as one of the most talented skaters of all time. Over the course of his development, Koston expanded the scope of opportunities in this sport. Eric was one of the first to actively ride in all four stances. She learned how to do tricky flip in / flip out tricks, jump on rails in switch and nollie. As a result, we can now contemplate all this in modern video. It is worth respecting Koston for being constantly in sight and not inferior to his young competitors. Until now, Eric is not afraid to jump from big steps, he conquers the rails and comes up with new, unexplored combinations of tricks.
Danny Way, USA. This skater represents DC, Plan B, Plan B wheels, Independent. The athlete went down in history thanks to such tricks that no one could even think of before. Danny Wei made a drop from a helicopter into a huge ramp, he jumped from a multi-story building into a giant radius, he made a transfer over the Great Wall of China. And these are just some of his achievements. Danny is also considered the creator of a new type of skiing - in Mega Ramp. This style resembles the Big Air snowboard, only in this case, multi-meter flights are carried out on a skateboard. Especially for this, huge structures are built, consisting of a super-acceleration, a kicker, an inclined landing and a giant quarterpipe. Wei suffered so many severe injuries that if he were, anyone would have quit skateboarding. The athlete had a broken spine, collarbone, several times he received concussions. Fans of Danny Way's craft should revisit his performances in The DC Video, The DC Video Deluxe Edition, Plan B Super Future Promo.
Andrew Reynolds, USA. The athlete represents Emerica, Baker, Altamont, Brigade and the Independent. For many skaters, Andrew Reynolds is the favorite "Pro", in any case, a potential survey will give just such a result. And it's easy to understand the athletes - the young man skates in such a way that he simply captivates his audience. Reynolds' style is associated primarily with large steps and gaps. Andrew has some of the best kickflips of all modern skaters, and there is no doubt that he also has the best fs flip. Many believe that no one is better than Reynolds to ride down the stairs. The skater is also known for creating the famous marginal get-together Piss Drunx Crew. In this company, friends are distinguished by their shocking attire, not sporting behavior, violent binges and parties. True, lately Andrew has settled down. He still skates well and runs the Baker / Deathwish skateboards. His influence is also present in the management of Altamont, Emerica.
Stevie Williams, USA. Such big names as Jordan Brand Shoes, DGK, Gold Wheels, Venture are associated with Williams. Stevie managed to become, probably, the first black athlete, popular and famous all over the world. And it's not even about the tricks and the level of skating, because there were many talented African Americans before him - Keenan Milton, Sean Sheffy. Williams turned out to be charismatic and managed to make a name for himself. The athlete had a great influence on the formation of a new, rap style with high clicks, jumping from the floor over tables, sliding along the edges to the waist, and also tricks in the switch. Stevie now works for DGK (Dirty Ghetto Kids) and designs the skate line for Nike's subsidiary Jordan Shoes.
Elissa Steamer, USA. This brave girl represents brands Zero, Nike SB, Thunder. Elissa is the most famous female rider, which is not surprising given her skill. And the path to fame for girls in this sport is traditionally difficult. That is why those who have reached the top should be especially respected. Today, leading companies sponsor only a few dozen leading companies, but it is Elissa who can be seen most often in competition reviews and in specialized magazines. Interestingly, unlike most skaters, Steamer has always been keen to work with large obstacles, rails and rails. This is most likely due to her friendship with the Piss Drunx Crew and skating for the Bootleg Skateboards. In a new video from Zero, titled Strange World, expect a full profile from Elissa Stemer.
Jamie Thomas, USA. This athlete represents the names Fallen, Zero, Thunder. It is safe to say that the level with which modern skaters ride the railing was achieved precisely thanks to the efforts of Jamie. When he came to California from Alabama, he was an unknown guy. As a result, Thomas managed to become one of the best skaters in the world, while founding several companies at the same time. It was he who became the ancestor of brands such as Zero and Fallen, having managed to prove himself not only in sports, but also in business. Before Jamie came along, handrail's tricks were very different - he changed them. In the video profiles from Zero, you can see how Thomas was one of the first to raise the size of rails to 20 steps and above, he learned to slide along multi-kink pipes and jump from the largest gaps. The athlete himself claims that his profile in the recent Ride the Sky video became the last in the Pro status. True, 10 years ago, he considered his video Wellcome to hell as such. Today many of America's best skaters consider Thomas to be their guru. Jamie manages not only to ride his favorite skateboard, manage the Black Box Distribution company, follow the Zero and Fallen teams, but also brings up children.
Ryan Sheckler, USA. This skater features names like Etnies, Plan B, Volcom, Plan B wheels, Independent, Red Bull. It is safe to say that Sheckler is one of the most controversial figures in modern skateboarding. The attitude towards him is polar - someone adores, and someone hates. But for sure, Ryan's talent for skating is difficult to dispute. It is enough to look at any of his profiles and it immediately becomes clear why Sheckler is considered an outstanding skateboarder. They hate Ryan, primarily because at the age of 18 he has turned, in fact, into a TV star. So, MTV shows a reality show about his life, and narcissistic statements slip in numerous interviews. Thanks to PR, Sheckler has become the most talked about skater in the world, he gets a lot of writing about him, his photographs are published in magazines. He himself says that he will respond to all the criticism and hatred in his address with more and more new tricks, even cooler and more risky. Recent promotions show that he does it well.