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Meet Rodney Mullen: A Skateboarding Legend

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Raised on a farm in Florida, Rodney Mullen never expected that he would someday change the entire skateboarding history. Luckily for everyone that feels passion for skateboarding, he encountered the skateboarding world thanks to a magazine when he was 10 years old in 1977. Mullen won his first world championship when he was just 14 years old, but that is not the reason why the world knows his name.

Street Skateboarding

Skateboarding legends and street skating

Rodney quickly got obsessed with the tricks, and after many years doing freestyle he decided to introduce himself to street skateboarding style. When he started he realized he wasn’t good, but not for long, because his passion and creativity pushed him to keep moving forward.

Mullen reinvented street skateboarding with his crazy ideas and mixing of tricks with his knowledge of freestyle. For instance, he created the darkslide which is the same as sliding but over the deck’s backside.






The Inspiration to Roll

Rodney’s life was full of hills and downs, but there is something that always has been pushing him to continue. Despite injuries and surgeries, the tons of fun that skating provides and the beauty of creating new stuff for people has been the inspiration and biggest motive to transcend for Rodney.

Talent is something but it's not everything in this sport. Rodney Mullen feels grateful that he met with this amazing community. If you want to better understand the incredible mind of Rodney Mullen and get inspired to keep riding, you can check his incredible TEDTalk above.




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