Skateboarding has evolved from its rebellious ways in local parks and shopping centres into one of the world’s most beloved sports. In 2020, it will be a brand new event at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, where it will cement itself as a legitimate and exciting sport. Aside from its upcoming debut at the Olympics, the sport is already prominently featured as part of Red Bull’s impressive sporting calendar and as part of the ever popular X Games.
As we launch our brand new Skateboarding channel right here, on Yamgo TV, we thought we’d take a look at 5 of the most celebrated, iconic and talented skateboarders to ever perform an ollie.
Skateboarding’s most recognisable name. Putting his name onto one of video games biggest franchises ever, setting up a massively successful skateboard empire and building skateparks all over the world to make sure skateboard lives on for years to come. It was his skateboarding that launched him onto the scene, being the first to ever land a televised 900 in 1999 and being voted skater of the year by Thrasher Magazine in 1990. Tony Hawk, to this day, continues to be an ambassador for the sport of Skateboarding.
One of the most creative skateboarders ever, Bob Burnquist is known for his difficult yet innovative tricks. He has won numerous gold medals at the X-Games including Big Air golds, Vert Golds, and Best trick awards. His home is also home to one of the very few permanent Mega Ramps, where he is able to learn and perfect his innovative skateboard tricks.
Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Century. Caballero is credited with the innovation of many skateboarding tricks, such as his signature ‘Caballerial’. He is regarded by many as being one of the best ever and an important skater during the rise of skateboarding’s popularity.
The inventor of the Flatground ollie, kickflip, 360 flip, heelflip and impossible, Rodney Mullen’s influence on the sport is now a vital part of the very basics of skateboarding. The Flatground ollie that he invented formed the basis of competitive street skateboarding. Many other legends of skateboarding consider Mullen to be the most influential skater of all time.
One of the few people to be awarded the prestigious Skater of the Year award twice, Danny Way is known for his extreme skateboarding stunts and helping to popularise the use of mega ramps. One of his most famous stunts was completing an ollie over the Great Wall of China in 2005. As well as his extreme tricks he has also won gold at the X Games 5 times.
So there are our thoughts on who the most legendary skateboarders of all time are, we know there are 100’s of others we could have put on the list, so let us know in the comments below who you think we should have included, or join the conversation @YamgoTV and on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to check out our new Skateboarding Channel for skateboarding action 24 hours a day!