Is Rodney Mullen the GREATEST Skateboarder of All Time??

Rodney Mullen, AKA the GODFATHER of street skateboarding is widely considered the most inspirational, unique, and influential skateboarder of all time. Rodney began his skateboarding career as a freestyle skater. His contributions to the sport as a whole come from not only the infinite amount of tricks that he has invented, but also from his history of entrepreneurship. Not only is Mullen a member of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, he is also honored at the Smithsonian.

His full name is John Rodney Mullen. Born in none other than Gainesville, Floria in 1966 Mullen began skateboarding at the exceptional age of only 8 years old. His history in competitions started very shortly after that, only three years later. At the age of only 14, Rodney won his first ever skateboarding championship. He turned professional in the same year. Mullen first started skateboarding once his childhood friend offered him a board. His father was seriously against the idea of Rodney wasting his time on a skateboard and attempted to take it away from him. Rondey's father was a dentist and worried that skateboarding would cause Mullen serious injury instead of a prominent career path. As a result, Mullen continued to practice in both a helmet and knee pads.

As a kid, Mullen stayed in bed boots intended to address an extreme pigeon-toe condition. Regardless of Mullen's condition, "He had an incredible dexterity with his feet," in the expressions of Phil Chiocchio, previous proprietor of the Florida skatepark, Sensation Basin. Rodney started his expert profession with the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade in 1980. Consistently, Rodney Mullen imagined innumerable skateboarding stunts, including the level ground ollie. Despite the fact that The development of the level ground ollie was seemingly his most important expansion to the skate world. It additionally permitted Mullen to additionally develop the game: the Kicklip, Heelflip, and 360 Flip are only three of his most well known stunts, all of which became standard stunts for road and vert skating. He showed up in Bones Brigade Videos in '84, '85, '87, and '88. Rodney likewise showed up in the 1988 film Gleaming the Cube, created by entertainer Christian Slater.

Mullen lost just one single free-form challenge. Ever. In all his years. Furthermore, in the challenge he lost, he came in second, since he was debilitated. He's even won one vert challenge. As the ubiquity of free-form skateboarding declined, Mullen was asked to change his style to join the road skating pattern that was getting progressively well known around then; in any case, Mullen was extremely hesitant because of a dread of trading off his uprightness, whereby the establishment of his skateboarding would be "sold out".[16] Such weight is suggested in the World Industries video, Rubbish Heap, in which Mullen's grouping closes with colleague, Jeremy Klein, intentionally breaking his free-form skateboard (which is additionally the principal recorded focal point of a skateboard) and afterward giving him a note from Rocco, joined by a road skateboard deck, in which the finish of free-form is declared. In 1991, Mullen joined the prominent skateboarding crew, Plan B Skateboards.

Mike Ternasky, the proprietor of Plan B, affected Mullen to progress from free-form to road skating, and exhibited his aptitudes in the 1992 Plan B video, Questionable. His fragment starts with customary free-form stunts executed on level ground, yet rapidly advances into Mullen skateboarding across open landscape to move into road skating stunts and lines. Mullen's video part meant a significant change corresponding to the two his profession and his skateboarding. Ternasky shot Mullen as he sequenced blended flips in with grinds and boardslides, while he additionally arranged obstructions. Mullen additionally presented two recently un heard of tricks in Questionable, the kickflip underflip and the Casper slide. In 1992, close by Steve Rocco, Rodney Mullen started skate company - World Industries.

During the 90's, Mullen appeared in countless skate videos including World Industries' Rubbish Heap ('89), Plan B's Questionable ('92), Virtual Reality ('93), and Second Hand Smoke ('95). Some ongoing recordings incorporate the Rodney Mullen versus Daewon Song arrangement, Globe Opinion, and Almost: Round Three.