Who Is The Best Skateboarder in the World?

who is the best skateboarder in the world

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The best skateboarders of all time are a diverse group. Some have been able to take their talent and turn it into an international lifestyle, while others may only be able to make a living in their local area. 

The most important thing is that they’re still doing what they love and pushing the limits of what’s possible on their boards. With these 6 world-class skaters as your guide, you’ll never be bored again when you’re out skating by yourself or with friends! Most importantly, you will know who is the best skateboarder in the world. Here you go:

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Best Skateboarders of All Time

Here we have listed 6 renowned skateboarders of all time history, along with their background and explained why they are the best.

Rodney Mullen

If you ask which skateboarder knows most of the tricks of skateboarding and who has shown the most variety as well, I should mention Rodney Mullen. 

You can see he can skate anywhere he wants, whether skate park, street, ramps, or any rough surfaces. He is very well known for all the existing freestyle tricks for which all call him LEGEND.

Basic Information

  • Full Name: John Rodney Mullen
  • Born: August 17, 1966
  • Birth Place: Gainesville, Florida
  • Invented: Flip Tricks
  • In 1991: Joined Plan B Skateboard
  • Best for: Freestyle Skateboarding & Street Skateboarding
  • Co-Author with Sean Mortimer: The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself.

Famous Quote of Rodney Mullen

“The biggest obstacle to creativity is breaking through the barrier of disbelief.”

—Rodney Mullen

My Opinion

Rodney Mullen was super addicted to skateboarding. Although his dentist father did not want him to skate, he was adamant and started skateboarding at the age of 10. 

Finally, creativity, perseverance and hard work made him a very good skateboarder, and at only 14 years of age, he defeated Steve Rocco in Wasis Pro Competiton. 

If you ask for the one best skateboarder in my list, Mullen is the name I would mention.

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds has been a famous skateboarder of all time. He really loved the Psycho Skate Video. He also loves Powell Peralta as a renowned skateboard besides his own brand: Baker.

Basic Information

  • Born: June 6, 1978
  • Origin: Lakeland, Florida, USA
  • Nick name: The Boss
  • Establishment: Baker Skateboard in 2000
  • Head of Design: Altamont Apparel
  • Began Skateboarding: Age 9
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Reynolds_(skateboarder)

My Opinion

He looks cool when he skates.

He is a flexible, experienced and advanced skater.

He loves Powell Peralta and Baker Skateboard.

Watch out his video

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk is well-known for Vertical Skating. He dominated Skate Competitions between the 1980s and 1990s. He invented a variety of skate moves like Ollie to Indy, Saran Wrap, Gymnast Plant. 

Basic Information

  • Full name: Anthony Frank Hawk
  • Born: May 12, 1968
  • Origin: San Diego, California
  • Began Skateboarding: Age 9
  • Entered Competition: Age 11
  • Early 1990s: Started the company “Birdhouse” (Skateboard and accessories manufacturer)
  • In 1998: Started Clothing Business

Source: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Tony-Hawk

My Opinion

What I like about Tony Hawk is he promoted the sport even after he retired from the competition back in 1999. He started a travelling show named “Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam” for choreographed skateboarders, BMX bikers, stunt riders etc. My other observations are:

Tony Hawk just flies when he skates: smooth, quick and flexible!

He is Vert Skating Expert.

Just watch out His Best

Tom Penny

Tom Penny is on our list because of his fluid motion and smoothness while skateboarding. In one interview, he says that his top influencers are  Daewon Song, Rodney Mullen, Danny Way, Chad Muska and Steve Caballero. And he says that they are interesting, funny, stylish and enjoyable.

  • Born: 13 April 1977
  • Home Town: Oxford, England
  • Sponsored by: Flip at his age 16
  • In 1993: Made his first international video appearance

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Penny

My Opinion

Tom Penny has won so many competitions in his life that also makes him so famous around the world. He won Radlands UK Championships Contest in 1995 which is considered as a world’s biggest contest. 

Not only in Uk, but he also beat over 75 US professionals and 100 other opponents. Overall, his skateboarding is something to look for!

Daewon David Song

David Song is an American skateboarder who was named as the “Skater of the Year’ by Thrasher magazine” in 2006. 

  • Origin: Seoul, South Korea
  • Born: February 19, 1975
  • Co-worker: Thank You Skateboard
  • Started Skateboarding: 14 year
  • Founder: Co-founder with Rodney Mullen

My Opinion

David Song is one of the very few creative skateboarders around the world. It’s his habit to come up with new tricks in skateboarding all the time. Overall, Song is a creative artist and boss in the skateboarding world.

Mark Gonzales

In December 2011, The famous magazine “Transworld Skateboarding” named Mark Gonzales as the “Most Influential Skateboarder of all time”. Mark Gonzales brought some changes to  street skateboarding, starting with big gaps and stair sets for the first time. He is a master in doing 360’s, double flips, flip tricks and other tricky tricks of grinds and slides.

  • Born: June 1, 1968
  • Nick Name: Gonz/The Gonz
  • Place: South Gate, California/Mexican Descent
  • Started Skateboarding: Age 13
  • Famous for: Street Skateboarding

My Opinion

Mark Gonzales is super classical on skateboarding. Especially on street skating, he does not fear skating on any kind of surface. You can find him on plain roads, rough surfaces, grills, besides lakes on grinds and slides, anywhere you never think of. In short, if you want to be an expert in street skateboarding, you have to follow his techniques and tricks carefully. 

Final Words

So, these are the favorite skateboarders of mine and to me, the best skateboarders of all time. Rob Dyrdek, Kris Markovich, Nyjah Huston are some other great skateboarders that you can follow. And if you ask me some recent skateboarders doing very good, I would mention Shane O’Neill, Lizzie Armanto, Jagger Eaton, Cory Juneau etc. Get more detail here.

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