The world of skateboarding can be pretty interesting. Aside from seeing unbelievable and spectacular tricks, you’ll also find great inspirations from the lives of skateboarders themselves. What’s great about this sport is that both young and old can enjoy it. Gone are the days where the skater’s prime is when he or she is 16 or 20 years old.
Believe it or not, there are amazing skateboarders today who, even at 40, are still catching great air time and incredible tricks. In fact, there are numbers of old professional skateboarders today who are still winning awards and recognitions from different events. If you think that you’re getting old and have become discouraged, then this list of the top 5 oldest professional skateboarders will surely inspire you to get back on the ramp and execute those hidden skills.
Obviously, we couldn’t fit every old and amazing skateboarder in our list, but we believe that these 5 skateboarders are currently the best in their age bracket. It’s truly unfathomable to believe that these guys who were dominating the 80s skating scene are still relevant even today. Check out this list and be inspired again!
If you’ve been following the skateboard scene since the 90s, then you probably know Ronnie Creager. He’s excellent skill and creativity has earned him the place of one of the best skateboarders of all time. You might have heard of the term “tech-gnar” style in the sport. Well, Ronnie is one of the first skaters to push this style. It blends technical and gnarly tricks into his video parts.
He’s also one of the original members of the Foundation team. You’ll also find him on videos such as Cocktails and Barbarians at the gate. He then moved to World Industries and then to Blind Skateboards. He stayed in the brand for more than 25 years and then quitted back in 2015. And would you believe that this guy is already 42 years old!
Over the years, Ronnie has shared his jaw-dropping skills through videos. It’s definitely easy to find videos about his style on the Internet today. You’ll also find him in magazines and still attending major skateboarding events. If you think that 42 years old is ‘old’, then check out the life Ronnie.
Rune Glifberg is another popular and very talented skateboarder. For people who love pool skateboarding, Rune is considered as a legend and considered as one of the gnarliest skateboarders of all time. He’s been in the scene for more than 25 years already – and counting. At the age of 41, he’s still one of the best skateboarders even today.
You can check out his mind-blowing skills in Flip and Hook-Ups videos. If you love skateboarders who do daredevil-ish tricks, then look for the footages of this guy. You’ll discover how remarkable this guy is and how unbelievable his tricks are. The fact, he’s one of the earliest members of the Volcom skate team and has appeared in every one of their videos even today. And yes, the company is still working to create another movie with him these next few years.
It’s also recommended that you check out his In Transition videos where he conquered Denmark’s wild and crazy Faelledparken Skatepark. He made everything look easy. And even if he’s more than 40 years old, this legend isn’t slowing down and is still making some noise with his beautiful and poetic performances. You can still find even participating in different world events.
Jeff Grosso is not your average skateboarder, he is a true skateboard hero and a legend. He has this calm and serene attitude that has attracted lots of fans and followers. Some of his loyal fans claim that Grosso himself personifies what skateboarding is about, which is fun, laid-back, carefree, and amazing. He started in Speed Freaks back in 1980 as a Santa Cruz rider. He made a name for himself and is considered as one of the most groundbreaking skateboarders in his generation.
He’s also one of the top skateboarders in the 90s. You’ll also find a number of awesome footage about his style on the Internet today. Would you believe Jeff is already 48 years old? And guess what? He’s still doing what he loves most even today, and that is skateboarding. Although he had an extended break during the 90s, his returned in Label Kills, which was in 2001, has cemented his legacy. He has dropped heavy vert sections with his famous trick selection.
He then made connections with Anti Hero back in the early 2000s and has stacked numerous videos about their tour, which includes Destination Unknown which was released in 2014. You’ll also find him in Vans movie and skateboarding magazines such as Thrasher. Even though he’s already 48 years old, still, there’s no stopping him from doing what he loves most.
So you think that 48 years old is already ‘too old’? The great Lance Martin is already 51 years old and he’s still a sight to behold even today! With more than 30 years of skateboarding experience, the fantastic Lance Mountain is still releasing great quality videos even today. His first part was back in 1985 which was The Bones Brigade Video Show. This show jumpstarted his career.
Back in 2019, he was introduced to an entirely fresh generation of skateboarders in Flip’s Extremely Sorry. He was featured with a full part together with the talented young guns David Gonzales, Louie Lopez, and Curren Caples. His popularity continues to grow and even the young generation are aware of his existence. If you want to check out his footages, we suggest that you start with his notorious backyard pool performances.
Lance’s latest part was in Nike SB Chronicles 3, which was released back in 2015. It’s his 30th part and a lot of pro skaters envy him because of his ability to execute difficult tricks even though he’s considered as ‘old’ already. Even though he’s already in the 50s, Lance is still constantly part of the skateboarding scene. He has released jaw-dropping parts and tricks in the legendary Powell-Peralta videos Propaganda and Ban This. He also dropped The Firm videos and King of the Road tours.
You know that it would be a crime not to include Tony Hawk in our list. This is perhaps the most obvious inclusion on our list of top 5 oldest professional skateboarders. There’s no denying that Tony is indeed the most influential and most talented skateboarder in the history of the sport. Again and again, he has proven himself as the best or one of the bests over the last 3 decades. He has appeared in countless footage already. And even in his teen years, he was already domination contest circuits and has been multiple awards.
Tony’s first major video appearance was back in 1985 which was the Bones Brigade Video Show. The video has blown the minds of countless pro skateboarders. He’s known for his impeccable consistencies and matchless creative and inventive tricks. When it comes to vert ramps and pool skateboarding, Tony Hawk is one of the greatest of all time.
After the release of his first video, he has then made more than 50 movies that are related to skateboarding. And yes, he also made multitudes of Hollywood cameos and TV shows. You’ll also find him in commercials, ads, series, and even video games. And even though he’s already 47 years old, there’s still no stopping him in creating videos and inspiring tricks. The birdman continues to beat the odds and is still respected by countless young skateboarders all over the world.
These people are incredible and have defied their age. People like Tony Hawk and Lance Mountain have proven that “age doesn’t matter” in the world of skateboarding. All you have to do is to continue loving the sport and do practice all the time. You might think that being 30 years old skateboarder is old, but the truth is it’s not. There’s no age limit when it comes to skateboarding.
If you feel discouraged about your age, then try to watch the interviews of these old-school skateboarders. Learn from them and be inspired by their stories. They have great advice and tips for people who wanted to play skateboarding but are too hesitant because they think that their age is an issue.
Unfortunately, a lot of people have given up the sport because they think that they are too old to catch air and do tricks on ramps and rails. Skateboarding is a fun and beautiful sport. Age is but a number when it comes to experiencing the fun in skateboarding.
But of course, you also have to make sure that you consider your health. If you think that you got health issues that prevent you from playing skateboarding, then it’s wise to just chill and relax. Nonetheless, if everything’s great and good, then don’t let your age stop you from getting on your skateboard – have fun!