10 Best Skateboarders of All Time [2022 Updated List]

Best Skateboarders of All Time
Best Skateboarders of All Time

As a passionate skateboarder, I have many favorite skateboarders around the globe. Not everyone has the same style. Some are super technical, and others are more about fashion and style.

Tony Hawk, Daewon Song, and Eric Koston, among many others, have proven themselves to be the most technical and skilled street skateboarders.

So, who do you think is the best skateboarder of all time? Here is my favorite list of the 10 best skateboarders of all time.

10 Best Skateboarders of all time (Updated List) 

This list consists of the best skateboarding legends who contributed to the world of skateboarding.

These are my favorites, and I’m sure I missed a few.

1. Natas Kaupas

Kaupas began skating during his childhood years. In 1983 Kaupas won a local Santa Monica surfing contest and received a Santa Monica Airlines (SMA) skateboard as a first-place prize.

He was one of the first pioneers of street skateboarding. He is known for his wall ride, which made Thrasher Magazine’s September 1984. He becomes a well-respected skateboarder resulting in his own pro board.

He is often considered one of the first true professional street skateboarders. He was officially the National Skateboard Association world champion for 12 consecutive years.

2. Stevie Williams

Williams grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stevie started skateboarding at the age of 11. It was during the period when He began skateboarding that the term “dirty ghetto kids” first appeared, as the title was applied to Williams and his friends. At the age of fourteen, Williams left Philadelphia to hitchhike to California.

He started DGK and collaborated with clothing and accessory companies. He surely deserves a Top spot on every best skateboarder’s list.

3. Christian Hosoi

Christian Hosoi is one of my personal favorites. He surely deserves in the list of 10 best skateboarders of all time. He is an American professional skateboarder. Hosoi is known by the nicknames “Christ” and “Holmes.”

Christian invented the Tricks like Christ Air and Rocket Air. In the year 1984, he created his own company Hosoi Skates.

When street skating began to emerge in the mid-to-late ’80s, Hosoi showed talent there, winning both the vert and street contests at the Lotte Cup contest in Japan in 1989.

4. Jamie Thomas

Thomas grew up in Alabama but also spent time as a child in Atlanta and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to help his father at work as a nuclear engineer. 

Thomas started skateboarding in Florida at the age of 11. After relocating to California in 1994, Jamie was featured on the cover of TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine and filmed video parts for Spitfire and Invisible.

In 1995 Thomas left Invisible to join skateboarder/artist Ed Templeton at Toy Machine Skateboards.

Thomas filmed and directed two Toy Machine videos, the second one being Welcome to Hell, one of the most influential skate videos of the 1990s.

5. Tony Alva

Tony Alva was born September 2, 1957, in Santa Monica, California, to Dutch and Mexican-American parents. He first began surfing and skateboarding around 1967 at the age of 10

He joined the Zephyr team in 1972 and was one of the first to make pool skating popular; some refer to him as ‘the guy who started it all.

The Hawaiian Islands’ new, aggressive surfing style influenced Alva, which brought a radically unique and powerful free-form surf style to skateboarding. Alva’s style was revolutionary and stood in stark contrast with the contrived traditional style of the era, which was still based on tricks formulated in the 1960s. His skill, style, and charisma led him to become a professionally sponsored skateboarder.

6. Chris Haslam

Haslam’s interest in skateboarding began in November 1993, before his thirteenth birthday, and his first skateboard deck was from the Santa Cruz company.

The first skateboard trick that Haslam learned was a ‘kickflip. He is recognized as an innovative skateboarder and often considered the best skater in the world whose skateboarding is defined by creativity and progression.

7. Daewon Song

Daewon David Song is an American professional skateboarder. He is co-founder of Thank You Skateboards and skates for the company. Daewon was named the 2006 “Skater of the Year” by Thrasher magazine, an award widely considered the most significant honor in the skateboarding world.

He has been known to stack tables and cans and skate on old tires and forklifts. 

8. Tony Hawk

Tony is easily one of the most recognizable figures in skateboarding history. Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School from 1980 to 1981 and eventually returned for the show Homecoming with Rick Reilly, where he set up a ramp and performed a skateboarding demonstration.

Hawk’s parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for excessive energy. Hawk’s skills developed, becoming a professional skateboarder at age 14.

9. Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is one of a kind. He is considered the best freestyle and street skater in the world. Rodney Mullen won his first world freestyle skateboarding championship at age 14.

Over the following decade, Mullen won 34 out of 35 freestyle contests, thus establishing the most successful competitive presence in the history of skating.

Over the following years, he transitioned from freestyle to street skateboarding, adapting his accumulated freestyle skills to the street and inventing or expanding upon additional tricks, such as primo slides, dark slides, and Casper slides.

Mullen has appeared in over Twenty skateboarding videos and co-authored an autobiography, The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself, with author Sean Mortimer.

10. Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds is an American professional skateboarder known for co-founding Baker Skateboards in 2000 with artist Jay Strickland.

After graduating high school in Lakeland, He moved to California, hoping to further his skate career. Around this period, he was heavily influenced by pro skaters Chad Muska and Tom Penny.

Reynolds emerged into skateboarding in the early 90s. Following a phone call from professional skater Tony Hawk, Reynolds joined Hawk’s then-new skate team, Birdhouse. He surely deserves the top position on the list of best skaters in the world.

Let me know your favorite skateboarder’s in the comments, and don’t forget to share the article.

FAQ

Rodney Mullen is considered the best street skater of all time.

Invented in the late 1970s by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand

The laser Flip is considered the hardest skateboard trick.

Conclusion 

Many consider Andrew Reynolds and Rodney Mullen the best skateboarders, as they both landed complicated tricks early! They also pioneered new tricks and designs which helped make this sport popular with children and soldiers alike! Although modern technology has allowed us to perform even more impressive stunts than these legends did in their day, we can still learn something from these legends when we think about how they approached this exciting sport!

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