10 Best Skateboarders of All Time | List Of Famous Skaters

No rules, no goals, no referees, no boundaries; yes, I’m talking about skateboarding. It’s a well-recognized sport, especially in the USA. Skateboard enthusiasts view it more than a sport; they consider it as an art with full freedom to show creativity. Now defiantly you are thinking who are the best skateboarders of all time? Keep reading!

Amazing skateboarding stunts and tricks that we see require creativity and a lot of skill. People these days love to see videos of skateboarding tricks, as highly skilled stunts and tricks are very appealing to those who want to skate for fun.

Here is a list of top ten skateboarders. They are very popular in today’s market. Hopefully, you will also find your pick among them.

Top 10 Greatest Skateboarders Of All Time listed below:

If you want to learn or enjoy a sport, you must see how the experts and professionals are performing in the field. It’s not an exception with skateboarding as well.

This multi-billion-dollar game industry has lots of highly skilled skateboarders, and their skills and performance greatly entertain us. Here are some of the famous skaters that you can get your inspiration from.

  1. Rodney Mullen
  2. Tony Hawk
  3. Bob Burnquist
  4. Danny Way
  5. Bucky Lasek
  6. Andrew Reynolds
  7. Eric Koston
  8. Nyjah Huston
  9. Mark Gonzalez
  10. Chris Cole

Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen
Rodney Mullen

Birth name: Phillip Rodney Mullen
Born: August 17, 1966 (age 52)
Residence: California, USA
Height: 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)

Whenever skateboarding comes to the mind of people who are much familiar with this sport, Rodney Mullen is the first one that people think of. His breathtaking stunts, amazing tricks, and great achievements made him the best skateboarder of all time.

Rodney Mullen started his skateboarding journey when he was only 10. It was one of his friends who showed this legend a skateboard, and he never had to look back. Just 4 years later, he achieved his very first world skateboard championship.

This legend is considered to be the person who introduced skateboard as a sport to the mass. All the eye-stunning moves you see in today’s skateboarding, this is the person behind most of those.

The stunts of this legend are amazing to watch. He invented the kickflip, pop shove-it, Casper slides, half-flip darkslide, backside flip, one-footed ollie, 360 flip, 540 double kickflip, and others tricks that became some of the basis of street skateboarding of these days.

People often refer to him as the “Godfather of street skateboarding”. He is the most talented and influential street skater of all time.

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk

Full name: Anthony Frank Hawk
Nickname: The Birdman
Born: May 12, 1968 (age 50)
San Diego, California
Residence: Encinitas, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 171 lb (78 kg)
Country: United States

“The Birdman” Tony Hawk is considered one of the best skateboarders. Passionate skaters know about the game “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater”. This video game was released in 1999 by Activision. But this man created history even before that.

He was the first man ever to complete 900 flips. Also, Birdman is the first one to keep skateboard under the feet and land in front of 275,000 people.

Tony Hawk became a pro skater when he was just 14. He was the National Skateboard Association titleholder 12 times. There are numerous awards and winning records under his name. He is the reason why modern skateboarding become so popular that the skateboarding industry has never seen before.

In 2014, FoxWeekly named him as one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. Currently, he is the founder of the Hawk foundation. This organization builds skate parks around the country.

Hawk has a YouTube channel named “Ride”. This channel features video parts and interviews with professional skateboarders young and old.

Bob Burnquist

Bob-Burnquis
Bob-Burnquist

Full Name: Robert Dean Silva Burnquist
Born: October 10, 1976 (age 42)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Citizenship: The United States and Brazil
Nationality: Brazilian-American
Years active: 1992–present
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Children: 2; Lotus O’Brien Silva Burnquist and Jasmyn Burnquist.

Dean Silva Burnquist, known as Bob Burnquist, is a pro-Brazilian famous skateboarder. This Brazilian-American skateboarder competed for Brazil throughout his career.

Burnquist is the first skateboarder who landed a “fakie 900”. Also, he is one of the fifth skateboarders to complete the 900 tricks with reverse-natural rotation successfully. This skate legend is the second-highest scorer in X-games. Throughout his victorious career, he achieved 30 gold medals in total.

Besides, the record of holding the highest number of medals in X-games history is under his name. Bob has a remarkable ability to switch positions that made him a famous skateboarder. Making each trick even trickier, more precise, and attractive to watch was the best part of his skateboarding action.

His signature trick was “One-footed Smith Grind”. After completing his Fakie 5-0 in 2000, Bob achieved the X-games best trick award.

Danny Way

Danny Way
Danny Way

Born: April 15, 1974 (age 44)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Country: United States

He is one of the most daring skaters in the history of skateboarding. Danny is famous for his extreme stunts. Throughout his career, he attempted many extreme stunts such as jumping into the skateboard ramp from a helicopter, jumping Great Wall of China with a skateboard, and jumping many high walls.

In 2005, he attempted to jump the Great Wall of China without the help of motorization. His peers couldn’t manage to restrain him from doing such a thing. It was an eye astonishing skating. He was able to do it 4 times with 3 distinct and legitimate tricks over the 60-foot gap. But, his ankle was fractured due to this.

For his daring attempts, he faced severe injuries on many occasions. He was awarded as the world’s best skateboarder twice. Many times he made it to X-games.

Danny is the greatest skateboarder of all time ever to walk on the face of the earth for his astronomical progression. He has done even more than that. You will hardly find skateboarding fans that don’t respect him for his works. People always miss Danny’s skateboarding performance even today.

Bucky Lasek

Bucky Lasek
Bucky Lasek

Full name: Charles Michael Lasek
Born: December 3, 1972 (age 45)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
Country: United States

Bucky is considered one of the most consistent skaters in the USA. He started skateboarding since he lost his bike in 1985 during the age of 12. Since then, he attended many amateur contests. In 1990, he got professional status with Powell, which was a huge boost for his career.

Lasek went to X-games for 10 times to add more to his career. Even he was doing the same when he was 43. There were several injuries out there.

He participated in the Global RallyCross Championship, where he was among the three drivers. No other skater in that competition were showing more difficult tricks than him. For several times, he earned 2nd and 3rd place throughout his career.

Like Danny Way, Lasek also had a lot of injuries in his skateboarding career. Besides, he had to go through some bad times because of Vert skateboarding. But, with his extraordinary skills and talent, he is considered one of the famous skaters.

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Reynolds

Nickname: The Boss
Born: June 6, 1978 (age 40)
Lakeland, Florida, U.S.
Residence: Los Angeles
Country: United States

The owner and co-founder of the skateboarding brand “Baker”, Andrew Reynolds, is one of the best pro skateboarders. His brand “Baker” is an incredibly successful skateboarding brand with the most talented and potential team. From the 2000s till today, Bake is holding its position of being the most popular skateboarding brand.

For many young skateboard enthusiasts, he is one of the most influential skateboarders as well.

He started skating when he was only 9. Powell’s videos influenced him the most to come to this sport. Reynolds also tries to perform as many tricks as possible until the final landing on the ramp.

This brightest light in skateboarding skates till today, but not professionally. He always wanted to keep this sport unique, small, and fun to play and watch. Because of his phenomenal skills, people consider him as one of the top skaters.

Eric Koston

Eric Koston
Eric Koston

Born: April 29, 1975 (age 43)
Bangkok, Thailand
Ethnicity: Thai-American
Residence: Los Feliz, California, U.S
Height: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
Wife Name: Ashlee Gaston-Koston
Marriage year: 2012

Eric Koston comes sixth on our top skaters’ list. He was a dropout of school when he was in 10th grade. Since then, he used to spend more time with his skateboard. When he was only 18, he performed like a pro. If you see how he skates, the tricks will seem insane to you.

This pro skater has won several competitions so far. One of his teammates, who is also a professional skater, named him the “Michael Jordan” of skateboarding. If Rodney Mullen is the person behind modern-day street skateboarding, Eric is the one who took it to perfection.

Electronic Arts had featured him in Skate 2 and Skate 3 video games. This legend was featured in Tony Hawk’s video games as well.

Nyjah Huston

Nyjah Huston
Nyjah Huston

Born: November 30, 1994 (age 24)
Davis, California, U.S.
Occupation: Skateboarder.
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Nyjah Huston is the youngest skater on the list. He started skating when he was only 4. From such an early age, he used to spend most of his time in the skatepark owned by his parents.

Each day he had 5 hours of practice session where he used to go through his trick-list and land them all one by one before learning new tricks. He got a sponsorship at the age of 7 by Element. People recognized him as the little kid who had long dreadlocks and put out stunning video clips.

So far, he has achieved several 1st place finishes in SLS, 5 medals in World Skateboarding Championship, 12 medals in X-games, winner of 5 Tampa Pro, and many more. Besides, he is the highest-paid skater and one of the best skateboarders right now.

Although Nyjah is participating in more contests and achieving new milestones, he is still putting out stunning street video parts. These video parts blow the mind of the viewers every time.

Mark Gonzalez

Mark Gonzales
Mark Gonzales

Born: June 1, 1968 (age 50)
South Gate, California
Occupation: Skateboarder, Artist, Company owner
Country: United States

Gonz is one of the pioneers of modern street skating. He was very famous for his grinding and insane gap-clearing tricks. Gonzales and Natas were the very first people to skate on handrails. Also, he was one of the first skaters to attempt stair sets and big gaps.

His double flips, nollies, 360’s, and flip tricks were also very entertaining to watch. If you compare his skating with today’s standard, it might seem pretty basic stuff to you. But the skating world owes it to him for starting it all.

Adidas sponsored this legendary skater. His expert skills very much influenced people during his time.

Chris Cole

Chris Cole
Chris Cole

Full name: Chris James Cole
Nickname: Cobra
Born: March 10, 1982 (age 36)
Statesville, North Carolina.
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
Country: United States

This is another skateboarding legend on the list who is also known for his insane landing tricks. He is very entertaining to watch. The journey started when he was only 11 years old. Soon he mastered switch frontside flip, backside flip, and backside 360.

He has won numerous skateboarding competition awards so far. Chris won 5 medals from X-games. Also, he was victorious in Battle of the Berrics, Dew Tour, Maloof Money Cup Championship, Street League Skateboarding, and Copenhagen Pro.

Chris owns a stunning logo and became pro for Jamie Thomas Skateboard Company “Zero“. He was the most singular and innovative skaters on the scene.

His early age stunning skateboarding tricks, as well as his shiny and glorious career, made him in the list of top ten skateboarders without a doubt.

Honorable Mentions

Not to mention that there are many extraordinary skateboarders as well. Here are some pro skaters worth mentioning –

Bam Margera

Bam has an impressive ability to make his tricks look pretty simple. He never restrained himself from performing risky stunts. In fact, he was the very first skater who landed the loop successfully in Phoenix.

Daewon Song

If you have ever seen any of his skating video clips, you would realize that Daewon’s views of skateboarding are quite different than others. He skates on stack tables, old tires, garbage cans, and forklifts.

Anyone can recognize his technical skills in grinds, flip tricks, and late flips. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most exciting skaters to watch.

Mike Vallely

Mike V is a hardcore skater. His skating is raw, unapologetic, and creative, as well. During his time, there were open streets, parking lots, etc., so he had to develop his own style to suit today’s terrain.

Some of his old school street tricks are very entertaining to watch, such as hand plants, foot plants, fast plants, and street grabs.

History of Skateboarding

It all started in 1970 when the skate parks were first introduced to people. Since then, the sport is becoming popular day by day.

Skateboarding isn’t only about riding on it and jumping around the ramp(You can make your own skating ramp). There are a lot more things in this sport. The best skaters tried new things that weren’t ordinary to most people. There was a flip-flop, slide-flip, and more tricks that delighted people during that time.

Since then, extraordinary and top skateboarders kept on trying and introducing new stunts and tricks. The more a skater was able to entertain the audience, the more popular he became.

Some Final Though

I must say that I had a tough time to make this list. Making a list of the best skateboarders of all time wasn’t an easy task. You have every right to disagree with me if one of your favorite skaters isn’t on the list. The list wouldn’t have been complete even if I picked 10 more skaters.

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