What makes street skateboarders better than park skaters? Street skaters ride their boards on the street over benches, walls, curbs, and handrails while park skaters ride on skating courses and bowls. Street skaters move over natural obstacles and can practice skating anywhere. However, street skating is a hit-or-miss sport as skaters don’t know the dimensions and how stable a bench, rail, or wall is.
And because of the many challenges of street skating, most agree that street skaters are more agile, more talented, and more skilled than park skaters. Let’s find out if all these are true with the 15 best street skaters who rule street skateboarding.
The Top 15 Best Street Skateboarders of All Time
Rodney Mullen – Godfather of Street Skateboarding
Born on August 17, 1966, John Rodney Mullen is the best freestyle skateboarder and street skater of all time. Rodney Mullen is also an entrepreneur, public speaker, and inventor and is considered the most popular and most influential street skateboarder in skateboarding culture of all time.
Rodney Mullen is known for a variety of street skating flip tricks including the 360-flip, flat ground ollie, impossible, and the heelflip. Because of his many contributions to the sport, Rodney Mullen was proclaimed the “Godfather of Street Skateboarding.” He is one of the best skateboarders and has served as an inspiration to millions in skateboarding history.
Daewon Song – Pro Skater and Entrepreneur
Daewon David Song is one of the most famous skaters. He was born on February 19, 1975, in Seoul, South Korea but grew up in California. Daewon Song is an American pro skateboarder and owner of the popular Thank You skateboards. He was declared “Skater of the Year” in 2006 by Thrasher Magazine; this is one of the highest honors awarded to a skater. Check out Daewon’s many skate video uploads via YouTube.
Paul Rodriguez – Multi-Talented Pro Streetskater
Paul Martin Rodriguez Jr. is one of the best skaters. He was born on December 31, 1974, in Tarzana, California. He is an American pro street skater and a rapper, actor, and music recording artist. Rodriguez is the recipient of 8 X Games medals and proudly accepted the 2002 “Rookie of the Year” from Transworld SKATEboarding. Rodriquez has starred in some of the best skateboarding movies together with other consistent skaters.
Nyjah Huston – The Highest Paid Skater All Time
One of the youngest and the most talented street skateboarder is Nyjah Imani Huston from Davis, California. Huston is known as the highest-paid skateboarder of all time and one of the most famous skateboarders because of his numerous awards from countless skateboarding events as well as sponsorships.
Huston qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan but did not medal. He was nominated many times as “Skater of the Year” by Thrasher Magazine because of his skateboarding career but has never won. Nyjah Huston has competed in the World Skateboard Championship.
Eric Koston – Talented Street Skateboarder and Businessman
Eric Koston is an American professional skateboarder, entrepreneur, and skateboarding legend known for his awesome moves and amazing tricks. He is one of the skaters featured in Skate 2 and Skate 3 by Tony Hawk. Koston is one of the owners of Fourstar Clothing as well as The Berrics, a skatepark website.
Andrew Reynolds – Pro Street Skateboarder & Baker Skateboards Owner
One of the most influential and the best skateboarders, Andrew Reynolds is the co-founder of Baker Skateboards in 2000 together with Jay Strickland. Andrew Reynolds also started Bakerboys Distribution, a skateboard company in 2007 with Erik Ellington and Jim Greco. Eventually, Andrew Reynolds became Baker Skateboard’s sole owner. His professional skateboarding career as a street skateboarder has led him to design skateboards as well.
Shane O’Neill – Almost Perfect Street League Skateboarding Competition Score
Shane O’Neill is an Australian pro skateboarder born on January 3, 1990, in Melbourne, Australia. He is one of the best skateboarders and is part of the legendary skaters SLS ”9 Club” after joining the Street League competition with a score of 9. He is one of the best skaters because of his trick the switch stance Switch 360 double kickflip, one of the most difficult flip tricks. O’Neill took the silver medal at the Oslo X Games in 2016.
Chris Cole – King of the Road Recipient
Chris Cole is an American professional skateboarder, a very talented skater with his own style born in Statesville, North Carolina. Chris Cole is known for many complicated skateboarding tricks and performing risky stunts including the 360 flip, the switch frontside flip, and the very difficult backside 360 ollie down the staircase.
Chris Cole was awarded “Skater of the Year” by Thrasher Magazine in 2005 and 2009 and the “King of the Road” also by Thrasher Magazine together with his team. He is also a regular in skate videos especially in Tony Hawk’s Video Games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD and Skater 5. Cole has contributed so much in the skateboarding industry and in modern street skating.
Jamie Thomas – The Chief
Jamie Thomas is a professional skateboarder and entrepreneur. He is the owner of Zero Skateboards and founder of Fallen Footwear and earned the nickname of “The Chief” because of his contributions to the industry. He is behind many skateboarding brands online. You will find skateboarding videos of The Chief online riding in skate parks along with other creative skaters.
Chris Joslin – The Skateboarding Prodigy
Chris Joslin is a professional skateboarder, one of the most famous skateboarders from Cerritos, California, USA. Joslin is a skateboarding prodigy as he started entering competitions before he was 10 years old. At 10, he started getting sponsorships for the sport including Plan B, Etnies footwear, Active Ride Shop, Bones Swiss, and Bones Skateboard Wheels to name a few.
Geoff Rowley – Professional English Street Skateboarding
Geoffrey Joseph Rowley, Jr. is an English pro skater and entrepreneur. He started skateboarding in his hometown Liverpool, England at a young age. He would skate for days compared to his friends who would only skate for a few hours. He invented the Rowley-Darkslide, a complicated trick where the trailing foot is inside the trick for the slide.
Luan Oliveira – One Of the Best in Modern Skateboarding in Brazil
Luan Vilanova de Oliveira is a professional street skateboarder from Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is considered one of the most influential street skaters in Brazil, one of the very first skater from his country to get recognized internationally. He has won medals from national to international skateboarding events including the X Games because of his insane tricks
Chad Muska – The Most Marketable Pro Skateboarder in the Skateboarding World
Chad Muska is a pro skateboarder from Lorain, Ohio, USA. He is also an entrepreneur and a musician. Transworld Skateboarding Magazine editor-in-chief Skin Phillips called Muska one of the most marketable professional skateboarders. He is sponsored by top brands and is playable in two of Tony Hawk’s video game series and is also one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.
Tom Penny – One of the Top Street Skateboarders in the UK
Tom Penny is a professional skateboarder who hails from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK. He is sponsored by top brands including Cheech & Chong where Penny’s signature skateboard deck is one of the most popular, highest-selling products.
Mark Gonzales – The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Mark Gonzales is known as the Gonz or The Gonz in the industry. He is an American professional skateboarder and an artist. Gonzales is one of the pioneers of modern street skateboarding and was awarded the “Most Influential Skateboarder of All Time” by Transworld Skateboarding in December 2011.
Other best skaters of all time worth mentioning are skateboarding hall of famers Rob Dyrdek (Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory), Tony Alva (Alva Skates), Bam Margera, Bob Burnquist, and Jay Adams.
Do you dream of riding with the best street skaters in the world like Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen? Anyone could be the best with hard work, amazing skills, and constant practice. May these top skaters inspire you to do well in skateboarding.
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