Skateboarding is an often underappreciated sport that isn't really recognized at the highest levels of competition, and yet, despite this, it remains incredibly popular and has made great strides considering it was only started in the 1970s. Now going to be recognized at the Olympic Games for the first time in 2020, we take a look at some of the greatest ever skaters.
10. Daewon Song
A very popular Korean-American skater, Song is renowned for his incredible technical street skating and was awarded 'Skater of The Year' in 2006 by Thrasher magazine, an award that is widely considered to be one of the most significant honors in skateboarding.
After winning the Berrics' 2UP and In Transition contests during 2014, Song was voted as the most impactful skateboarder of the year in the Berrics' Populist poll, but despite this, he rarely competes in competition as he finds the pressure too much.
9. Chris Cole
With amazing technical ability in flatground skating, Cole was awarded Thrasher Magazine's "Skater of the Year" accolade in both 2005 and 2009 (a feat achieved by only Cole and Danny Way), as well as the "Reader's Choice" award from Transworld Skateboarding magazine.
As a flatground specialist, he came first place in the second round of Battle at the Berrics, the flatground competition run by The Berrics and has been known to perform some incredibly difficult tricks.
8. Rob Dyrdek
One of the most influential skateboarders of all time, Dyrdek is a great all-rounder which gained him much acclaim and recognition, and he has several world records in skateboarding.
He then used this as a springboard to appear in the reality shows Rob and Big, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness as well as creating the animated series Wild Grinders. Because of this, his influence on spreading and contributing to the skateboarding culture is massive.
7. Paul Rodriguez
With a total of eight medals at the X Games, a competition for extreme sports, four of them being gold, Paul Rodriguez is one of the most successful competition skaters of all time.
One of the very early skateboarders to be approached by Nike for sponsorship as the brand tried to bring its subculture into a mainstream appeal, Rodriguez's influence was recognized greatly.
6. Mark Gonzales
A pioneer of modern street skating, Gonzales is recognized as the first person to skate down handrails and was named by the Transworld Skateboarding magazine as the "Most Influential Skateboarder of all Time" in December 2011.
Using his new trick and skill set to skate parts of San Francisco, he helped popularize several locations for skaters.
5. Nyjah Huston
As of May 19, 2013, Huston has won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history, making him the highest paid skateboarder in history too.
The overall champion at the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) competition series in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he holds the record for most consecutive wins in the contest and is one of the youngest skateboarders off all-time to win major competitions.
4. Eric Koston
Another pioneer of the sport, Koston was a massive figure in the 90s and continues to be a huge name on the circuit to this day with X Games, Tampa Pro and Slam City medals all to his name.
Described as the "Michael Jordan of skateboarding", he is the ultimate skateboarder's skateboarder.
3. Danny Way
Alongside Chris Cole, Danny Way is the only other skateboarder to be named Thrasher Magazine's "Skater of the Year" twice and made a name for himself performing extreme stunts like jumping into a skateboard ramp from a helicopter, and pioneering megaramps, including one that he used to jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard.
Winning the first ever competition he entered, at age 11, he has X Games Gold Medals to his name as well as previously breaking world records for "Biggest Air" and "Longest Jump."
2. Tony Hawk
Probably the best-known skateboarder ever due to his video game franchise and clothing range, he has helped skateboarding evolve into the massive global sport that it is today and was perhaps its first superstar.
Hawk was the first skater to land a "900", a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard and in 2009, he was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony.
1. Rodney Mullen
Mullen is credited with inventing numerous skateboarding tricks, including the flatground ollie, kickflip, heelflip, impossible, and 360-flip (also commonly known as the 'tre-flip' or '3-flip') with many of these becoming part and parcel of skateboarding now, and as such, his influence is immeasurable.
Both a freestyle and street skateboarder, Mullen innovated almost everything in modern skateboarding to make it into what it is today.