Skateboarding has turned into one of the most popular sports on the planet. Since it’s beginning, skateboarding has brought cultures and different nations together. With the help of our Sports staff journalists, we dug deep and made our list of the 15 Most Influential Skateboarders in the world!
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15. Andrew Reynolds
Andrew represents Florida and has dominated in skate competitions in recent years. Being the Co-founder of BAKER skateboards, one of the best known skateboard brands in the world, he has dominated the skating community. Andrew has appeared on countless video games, films, major skate competitions, and is a skate household name.
14. PJ Ladd
PJ Ladd is a professional veteran skateboarder from Rockland, Massachusetts. This skater is known as an “east coast legend”, and is considered one of the greatest flat ground skaters ever. PJ rides for Plan B & New Balance. PJ has appeared in numerous video games, films, and is the longest streak winner for Battles At The Berrics. Being one of the most technical and consistent skaters of all time, PJ is one of the best in the game.
13. Chris Haslam
Who’s Chris Haslam? arguably one of the most influential skaters of our time. This Canadian skater has influenced skateboarding for a while now. Chris is an innovative skater who is defined for his creativity and progression. Starting out in Daewon Song’s skateboard brand, Chris has been on the rise since then. Chris has even picked up many awards, music, video games, and film appearances. There’s no one else like him.
12. Ryan Sheckler
Ryan is probably one of the most famous skateboarders known to man. Starting out skating a very young age, Ryan has been clearing out X Games competitions and achieving big things. Most likely, the non-skateboarding junkie might know Ryan from his hit MTV show “Life Of Ryan“. This Cali-based skater has made a big influence in skateboarding all-together. Being a big rider for Plan B and Etnies, and being a Red bull team player, Ryan is definitely a legend in our eyes.
11. Bam Margera
Bam Margera is Pennsylvania-based skater, stunt man and actor. The MTV’s Jackass crew man has landed a list of film and radio appearances. The skater has a sponsorship with Element skateboards and doesn’t plan on putting his stop to his skateboarding influence.
10. Chris Cole
Chris Cole is one of the greatest skateboarders of all-time, having secured winning checks for many years now. Chris started out skating for ZERO and slowly became a huge influential skater. Chris is another “east coast legend”, also being one of the most technical and best flat ground skaters ever. Hence a nickname given to him called “Cobra”. You can only fear this legend, if you’re up to play SKATE with him.
9. Daewon Song
Daweon is one of those skaters that you will always carry as inspiration. Becoming a skate phenomena and performing crazy skate video parts, Daewon is a fan favorite.
8. Paul Rodriguez
P-rod has become a household name by his skateboarding and his acting. Representing Nike & Mountain Dew, this Cali-based pro skater has turned into a worldwide legend and his legacy will forever live on.
7. Rob Dyrdek
Being a skateboard veteran and bringing the skate world into television, this skateboarder has made huge contributions in the skateboard community. Rob Dyrdek, being one of the biggest sponsored people of DC, founding Street League Skateboarding, and his own hit show ‘Fantasy Factory’ from MTV.
It seems like Cali-based skaters are dominating the skating community. Mark Gonzales can easily be one of the most influential pioneer skateboarders. Being the first person to skate down handrails, and inventing tricks like the “hippy jump”, Gonz has changed the skateboarding world and for the good.
5. Nyjah Huston
Nyjah made skateboarding history starting in 2006, when Nyjah became the first young skater of his age to win. Since then, this young skater has turned into a phenomenal skater, earning countless streaks of victory. Nyjah even holds the most consecutive wins in ESPN Street League Skateboarding’s history. Nyjah has made his footprint into the world of skateboarding and this legend, with only 17 years of age, will be remembered as one of the most influential & greatest skateboarders of all-time.
4. Eric Koston
Koston is one of the main pioneers of skateboarding. Eric made a name for himself in the 90s and slowly turned into a legend. Founding The Berrics with Steve Berra, this skater who rides for Nike SB, has inspired us all to achieve bigger things in life. We love Koston’s humor and we also love all the help he’s been doing to make sure skateboarding is what it is today.
3. Steve Berra
Steve Berra is one man that cannot be stopped. Having done more contributions to skateboarding than anyone else, Steve has all-together, revolutionized skateboarding. Becoming the half-founder of The Berrics along Eric Koston, Berra has influenced the world and changed the way we flat ground skate, forever. Without Steve Berra or Eric Koston, skateboarding wouldn’t be the same today.
2. Tony Hawk
Bluntly the most famous skateboarder on the planet is arguably one of the most influential skaters to ever live. Tony has created a massive billion dollar empire of skateboarding entertainment for decades. Since the start of his vert-skating career, Tony has changed and evolved skateboarding. Being a pioneer and veteran to one of the best sports ever, Tony’s legacy will always live on.
1. Rodney Mullen
The amount of contribution and history that both Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen made is unbelievable. Rodney is the god of flat-ground skateboarding. Having created the kick flip, 360 flip, pop shut-it, heel flip and countless other tricks, Rodney will live on as we will still be performing his tricks well on generations after he leaves us. One can call him a god, but Rodney’s historic legacy will forever live with us. Skateboarding would’ve never been the same, and would’ve even existed, if it wasn’t for Rodney Mullen & Tony Hawk.