GREATEST 90's Skaters??
The 1990s were a golden time in skateboarding. Not only was it the era that street skating became the most prominent style of the sport, which would continue until today, vert, pool, and freestyle were all still at the forefront of skating. In some ways, skateboarding was in its hey-day, and the skaters who were at the top of the game ended up becoming extremely influential, inspiring legions of skaters in the online revolution of skating. This is a list of the greatest skaters of the 90s, their style, video parts, and tricks that they are most known for.
Born in Portland in 1974, Danny Way not only was skating circles around most vert professionals when he was a young kid, he successfully transitioned into street skating later on in his career as well. Sponsored at age 11 by Hosoi and Vision Skateboards, he rode briefly as an amateur for the Bones Brigade. Way’s debut in the H-Street video Shackle Me Not and then their classic Hokus Pokus. He was 14 years old. He began the 90s leaving H-Street for Blind Skateboards before moving on to create Plan B with Mike Ternasky and Colin McKay. Plan B ended up being a legendary company that would go on to have a resurgence with later riders like Paul Rodriguez and Chris Cole. Danny Way is a rare case where the professional is respected in multiple styles, but he is probably most known for his mega ramp tricks and big airs. Perhaps most famously he used a mega ramp to jump over the Great Wall of China. He has won countless awards, including Gold in Big Air multiple times and winning Thrasher Skater of the Year twice. Way has combined the ethos of big-wave surfers, evident in the big air mega ramp stunts, with unmatched technical ability, and a willingness to risk his body for stunts got recognized by the mainstream spectator. What may even be more famous than his skateboarding, his awards, ability to skate multiple styles, mega ramp pioneering, video parts, and sponsors, is the fact that he spearheaded the project to create the famous EA game Skate.
One of the most infamous skaters of all-time is Christian Hosoi. Skaters respect the legend so much they began calling him Christ after he created the Christ Air launching out of pools. Hosoi was also one of the first true street skaters. He began his career skating at seven years old, influencing by the pool skaters of the time. He was inspired by Dogtown legends like Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Jay Adams for their innovative pool skating and would go on to adapt this style to the streets. He was an early adopter of the flat ground ollie. He created both the Christ and Rocket Air and emerged as a competitor to pros like Steve Caballero and Mike McGill. He was first sponsored by Powell Peralta and joined Dogtown shortly thereafter. At the age of 14, he turned pro for Sims Skateboards. While by the time 1990 rolled around he was already a household name, Hosoi won awards throughout the 90s and continued to be a force in skateboarding into the 2000s and beyond. Hosoi is also known for his signature board shapes, one of which he dubbed the fish shape and the other he called the hammerhead. In addition to starting Hosoi Skateboards, he was also known for his video parts in the Santa Cruz video Speed Freaks and others. Hosoi is known for his pool, park, and street skating, his legendary sponsors, innovations, and board shape, but he is also known for his intense personality. Hosoi has had a lot of ups and downs in his personal life, from spending time in prison to finding God, and having children.
Rodney Mullen: Most skaters know that Rodney Mullen is considered the founder of modern street skating. Long before he got the respect he deserved for inventing countless flat ground street skaters, he was known for his technical freestyle skating that some skateboarders would later reject as “ballerina” skating. His career seemed to be winding down by the time the 90s rolled around, but Mullen proved that his fundamentals were no joke in this incredible decade of skating. He was involved with the formation of World Industries with peer Steve Rocco and later moved on to fully transition into street skating in Plan B’s famous video Questionable. This is where Mullen truly became relevant in street skateboarding, despite the fact that he invented most of the tricks that street skating became known for. This goes for everything from the flat ground ollie to kick flips to heel flips to the impossible to 360 flips and more.