Most. Innovative. Skateboarders. Ever!

Posted November 27, 2006 by éS

  1. Z-Boys (1970s) They wrote the book on gnar.
  2. Mark Gonzales (1980s) He tore street skating a new eyehole.
  3. Tony Hawk (1990s) He took vert all the way to the 900.
  4. Danny Way (2000s) He rollercoaster-sized launch ramps and quartepipes.
  5. Bob Burnquist (2000s) He made all kinds of insane loops, flips and jumps.

  6. Who do you think are the most innovative skateboarders ever? Why?


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There's 40 responses to "Most. Innovative. Skateboarders. Ever!"

  1. As far as street skating...
    Eric Koston - Can skate anything, and a skate legend often debated as best street skater ever.
    Mark Gonzales - Creative, first handrail
    Rodney Mullen - Rides a skateboard in a completely different way far better than anyone
    Tom Penny - original UK ripper, style...
    Jamie Thomas - enough said

    Carlin D. Posted: 8 years ago
  2. I'd have to say that at the present P-Rod is doing stuff that other skaters wish they could do. I think Paul is possibly the best street skater ever.

    Justin. P Posted: 8 years ago
  3. Can't foget that PJ who breathed some fresh air into skateboarding with his WHL part. He took the game up a knotch.

    Boston_Loc_Hater_Lew Posted: 8 years ago
  4. Bob Burnquist, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Chris Haslam

    sk8s_in_montucky Posted: 8 years ago
  5. What about Rodney. Without him there wouldn't be any of the flip tricks we see today.

    taylorsmith Posted: 8 years ago
  6. gonz, danny way, burnquist, koston, z-boys

    bcoop Posted: 8 years ago
  7. gonz, ed, that guy in the 1st baker flick that i havent seen since, natas, frankie hill

    VWetudier Posted: 8 years ago
  8. PJ Ladd

    skatedaily Posted: 8 years ago
  9. Can't forget Daewon. Definitely Jamie Thomas.

    rjkizzle Posted: 8 years ago
  10. I think P Rod and Chris Cole are up at the top at the moment. Along with Daewon and Daewon. But you write a list then remember a whole other bunch like Alex Carolino, PJ Ladd, Ruben Garcia.

    I think it's impossible to decide on 5.

    mark444 Posted: 8 years ago
  11. PJ Ladd most definately. He could be listed in so many things
    5 techiest skaters
    5 best video parts of all time
    5 best lines in a video
    5 best styles

    anything...just watch WHL NOT ON THE COMPUTER

    Bring it to the TV or the plasma or HD jhoant. Then watch it over and over until you know all the tricks in the exact order and get inspired.

    Crentin Posted: 8 years ago
  12. Eric Koston
    The whole Girl squad
    Tony Hawk
    Andrew Reynolds
    Most of the Baker team
    Geoff Rowly
    Rodney Mullen
    The Z-boys
    Jamie Thomas
    Chad Muska
    Most of the Chocolate team

    Wes H. Posted: 8 years ago
  13. koston
    pj ladd
    keenan milton

    pjis#1 Posted: 8 years ago
  14. i think Paul Rodriguez is pretty good in switch.
    Mike Taylor too, Evan Hernandez. wheres Evan ?
    i think those three kids where pretty good in the video IN BLOOM i think they really inspired a lot of kids to start skating.
    lets give it up to Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney, Pat Dufy, Danny Way, Mark Gonzales practicly changed skateboarding.
    Gonz i think he has a lot to show to the world, his KROOKED video is really good and i hope he keeps up the good work.

    Alex Posted: 8 years ago
  15. well i personally think all of those who make it pro will in some way do innovative

    tim Posted: 8 years ago
  16. Daewon Song
    Jereme Rogers
    Justin Eldridge
    Chris Haslam
    Kenny Anderson

    idrathrbskating1 Posted: 8 years ago
  17. weezy, pusha T, TI, mos def, talib

    VWetudier Posted: 8 years ago
  18. Gonz
    Tony Hawk
    Neil Blender

    Josh P. Posted: 8 years ago
  19. stevie williams(he has proved that you don't have to do stairs to go pro with skateboarding)

    pj ladd

    Daewon sonG

    chet thomas

    Chris Haslam

    tripleogskater Posted: 8 years ago
  20. PJ Ladd ...

    His wonderful horrible life part was awesome ... i first saw it in 2005 ,but there is no part that could be compare to his ... up to now ...

    But that was 2002 ; there were many innovators before ,look at the H-street guys ,Gonz (proving fun is a part of professional skating too) , Rodney ... (whole PlanB posse )

    The list is endless ,as any skater around the world with his unique skating contributes to the growth of skateboarding itself.

    ti-ko Posted: 8 years ago
  21. Marc Johnson, Haslam, Daewon, Louie Barletta that man is as creative as they come ie bag of suck, the osiris vid.
    and of Course the Gonz, koston etc.

    WelcometoHell Posted: 8 years ago
  22. 1.Pj Ladd
    2.Justin Eldridge
    3.Chris Haslam
    4.Chris Cole
    5.Dave Baschinsky-He did kickflip El Toro

    In that order.

    Wes Posted: 8 years ago
  23. Jerry Hsu's part in Bag Of Suck was pretty switch.

    mark444 Posted: 8 years ago
  24. yo Bobby Worrests part in this new video i saw is sick. actually i like the whole vid its got a good east coast feel has zach lyons, billy roper, jimmy mcdonald and some other dudes i forget.

    o and i got mine at

    murdercapital Posted: 8 years ago
  25. 1. Justin Eldridge
    2. Marc Johnson
    3. Chris Cole
    4. P-Rod
    5. Ryan Gallant
    6. Andrew Reynolds
    7. Tony Tave
    8. Brian Wenning
    9. Stefan Janoski
    10. Jerry Hsu

    These Guys Have Switch On Lock

    ES_IS_THE _BEST Posted: 8 years ago
  26. eS is the best guy above has a pretty going outlook on the whole thing.

    mark444 Posted: 8 years ago
  27. brent atchley is pretty tight, he looks at things differently than other skaters, and he has an insanely flowy style. danny montoya make really tech shit look good, watch his one step beyond part, doing stuff thats sicker than stuff these days. cooper wilt is really fun to watch to, always has a unique trick or spot that gets me hella hyped. paul shier is super tech and super creative all at once, and you gotta love that sketchy-but-all-so-smooth-steez. and lets say evan schiefelbine, nice style, nice bag of tricks, sick part in newest blind, i like that guy.

    NOMXPXFX Posted: 8 years ago
  28. i don't think being really really good at switch skating makes you innovative, granted it proves you're talented.... but i don't think it is the only thing that embody's innovation.

    WelcometoHell Posted: 8 years ago
  29. what about salman agah, who practically invented switch skating?

    Pimpero Posted: 8 years ago
  30. ya switch is not innovative nowadays. Marc johnson was a good call, remember his 1st shoes with emerica? those were dope. As far as more innovaters: jeremy klein, skateboarding, drinking and flames? i cant think of a better combo

    VWetudier Posted: 8 years ago
  31. P-Rod
    Jeremy Rogers
    Chris Cole

    PRSkater4 Posted: 8 years ago
  32. Everyone from Video Days..

    gabbagabbahey Posted: 8 years ago
  33. want to see the new EOS and 2007 collection ?
    Of course easy :

    ToNyXeS Posted: 8 years ago
  34. I forgot about Chad Tim Tim he is amazing.

    WelcometoHell Posted: 8 years ago
  35. Tonys web site is the best website on the internet

    VWetudier Posted: 8 years ago
  36. Chris Haslam did front board nollie backside flip out.

    He's not bad.

    mark444 Posted: 8 years ago
  37. 1.Tony Alva
    2.Daewon Song
    3.Stacy Peralta
    4.Chris Haslam

    albino_turtle Posted: 8 years ago
  38. pj ladd, mullen, paul rodriguez, tony alva and me ahah

    Tony 52 Posted: 6 years ago
  39. Are you guys serious? Anyone who went any way other than just Mullen is nuts! Ollie, every flip trick you know, manual combinations, the modern skateboard shape? Without him, we would all be riding around on
    2x4s still. Everyone else is a follower.

    Dnailz Posted: 6 years ago
  40. how about gnar dudes?
    1.) lizard king
    2.)z boys
    3.)duane peters
    4.)steve olson
    5.)pat duffy

    dude. Posted: 6 years ago

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