Biographies of Famous Pro-Skateboarders

Nyjah Imani Huston

Born of American descent on November 30th, 1994 in California, Imani has grown to be one of the best all time skateboarders. He started skating at the tender age of four, and he says that he owes much of his success to the upbringing that he had. At only 21 years of age, he is the highest paid skateboarder in history and ranks among the top 15 most influential skateboarders ever. He has been the overall winner of the SLS (Street League Skateboarding) competition for five years since 2010 having lost the top spot only in 2013 and 2011. He remains a powerful figure in the skateboarding world that younger generations can look up to.

Eric Koston

Born on April 29, 1975, Eric is a pro-skateboarder as well as a company owner, and he has been skating from the year 1986. He was first sponsored by the H-Street Company from which he later parted ways so as to seek bigger ventures. Heb has won very numerous accolades, and he remains one of the bets skateboarders alive. He has appeared in lots of video games and even Nike had a shoe that was named after him. He is also a great businessman who has enabled him to build a large business that is doing well.

Sean Malto

Born in Kansas, America back on September 9, 1989, Sean has been an outstanding skateboarder and even won the Street League Skateboarding in 2011. He started skating at the tender age of 10, and he has never looked back ever since. His love of skateboarding came from his brothers Chris and Justin. His first sponsor was from Girl Skateboards, and it has always been them and continues. He has also ventured into the business by co-owning the Saint Archer Brewing Co. having won several accolades in his career as well as appearing in many videos; he is considered a great skateboarder of this age.

Rodney Mullen

Born on August 17, 1966, Mullen is not just a pro skateboarder but an inventor, public speaker and entrepreneur as well. He continues to practice street as well as freestyle skateboarding until this day despite him being 50 years of age. He is credited with inventing these various skateboard tricks like the flatground Ollie, kickflip, heelflip, 360flip as well as the Impossible. He has been successful enough to be in over 20 skateboarding videos and has even written a book that is titled how to skateboard and not kill yourself, to offer guidance to the upcoming generation of skateboarders.

Marc Johnson

Born back on January 6th of 1977 in North Carolina, he is a pro-skateboarder that is well known for being the founder of Enjoi skateboard brand as well as receiving the thrasher “Skater of the year” award back in 2007. He played a lot of table tennis and even became a champion before he went into skateboarding. He moved from North Carolina to California and was subsequently sponsored by Maple. He joined the A-Team and skated with them for a while before he quit and started his brand called Enjoi. He has also appeared in over 20 skateboarding videos and remains one of the influential skateboarding pros.

Tips for Becoming Great at Skateboarding

There are some fun and interesting skateboarding facts that you may not ever know before. The first skateboard was introduced in 1950 and it was an instant hit. However, it featured a handle bar just like scooters do today. It took several years before they were made without this part of it to have the basic style that we are familiar with today.

It may surprise you to learn that more than half of all skateboarders are in California! This is due to many things including the love of surfing there. Skateboarding is quite similar in nature with the exception that one takes place in the water and the other takes place on land. Since the climate is nice year round in California, it is also a sport people can take part in any time of the year. California is also one area that encourages skateboarding rather than making it difficult to enjoy in certain areas.Skateboarding has been around for a long time, and its popularity never wanes. It is an exciting hobby for young teenagers who like doing it as an after-school activity and on weekends with other friends. Many towns set up parks just for individuals who want to skateboard. These parks are designed with the needs of skateboarders in mind.

Individuals should not assume that once they step up onto a skateboard, they will automatically become a professional. This is definitely not the case. Individuals will fall while learning how to balance and they will not automatically be able to do cool skateboarding tricks. Even professionals had a very little skateboarding knowledge to begin with.

Practice does make perfect. Take time out a few days a week to practice balance, moving, and then go to drinks. Individuals will not learn fast, practice is required. It is important to take time every week and designate it for skateboarding practice time. As an individual begins to practice more, they will ultimately become better.

Do not try the hard tricks immediately after learning how to effectively balance on a skateboard. However, individuals should not be afraid to try things that are now. Individuals need to understand that they are beginners at skateboarding, so they will fall many times, but should not get discouraged. If individuals keep attempting these new tricks, eventually, they will get it and can move onto learning a new trick.

With falling there are accidents. There are scrapes and bruises. If an individual does not want to get hurt, do not try skateboarding. To minimize the likelihood of intense injuries, purchase the correct safety gear required. Individuals should not think safety gear is stupid – even professional skateboarders invest in good safety equipment. Safety equipment includes helmets, elbow pads, and kneepads. Many professionals also recommend that beginners purchase skin guards as well as a chest pad when starting off to further maximize protection. It is also advocated to have a fit aid kit available for scrapes and bruises. A proper kit would include band-aid, gauze, medical tape, and disinfectant.

Skateboarding is physically demanding, so do not run the body ragged trying to learn. Practice is important, but so is letting the body rest at least one day a week from skateboarding. It will let the body heal and recuperate.

Most important thing is to never stop having fun. Do not make skateboarding practice a chore. Once it becomes a chore, the fun and excitement leaves and individuals do not care so much. It stops becoming a hobby. Just practice cautiously and eventually anyone can do a neat trick.


Skateboarding, How To Get Started


There are many levels of skateboarding tricks you can try. Some of them you will master in a short span of time. Others are going to take more time and dedication. However, here are some tips to help you learn them and have fun at the same time. You need to be motivated. Learn from your mistakes so that you can do better. If you are too hard on yourself, you won’t be able to learn like you should.

Everyone knows that mastering a trick requires a commitment to practice. It means trying to do it over and over no matter how many times you fall. But before you try to master any trick, make sure you know the basic about skateboarding first.

If you are planning to try the sport for the first time, here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Get the right gear. It is not enough that you have the skateboard because if you do, you are just asking for trouble. Aside from the board, you have to have a helmet. Even pros wear one. Wear protective pads as well. Another is a good pair of skateboarding shoes. Although you will be able to skate with any pair of shoes, it is always an advantage to wearing something that is designed for such sport. And skateboarding using the regular pair of shoes is very difficult.

2. You should also learn how to ride. There are skateboard video clips that teach interested individuals how to do that. Get use to how it feels to ride the board. It is important that you feel comfortable with it before trying anything else. Identify which way you want to stand. Figure out which way you are more at ease. Usually, it is done with the left foot on the front. This is called the regular. If you’d rather have your right foot in front, that’s all right. This stance, on the other hand, is called goofy.

3. If you are comfortable with riding the board, try pushing it. You need to be doing this on a smooth concrete surface. You can probably start on your driveway. Just make sure that it is safe. Practice this often and make sure that you are at ease with maneuvering the board before you trying any tricks. It would be cool to be able to learn it right away, but you have to master the basics first before you can be successful with any trick.

In any endeavor, it is essential that you learn the basics first. The pros learned to do the tricks by mastering the basic moves and wearing the right gears. If you have seen some skateboard video clips, you will know that no skateboarder was successful with any trick without learning how to ride or maneuver his board.

Nobody said that you could never do what the pros do. But no one also said that attempting it would be easy. If you want to learn how to skateboard and be one of the best at it, you have to be patient and take it a step at a time. It is important that you wear the right gear to stay safe and start with the basic moves to be comfortable being on the board.


History of Skateboarding


Have you ever wondered who, why and how skateboarding was invented? Well, I will give you a little bit of history on the sport of skateboarding.

This sport started in the 60’s in California when the surfers wanted to bring surfing to the streets. So they got themselves a piece of wood and put some roller skate wheels on the bottom of the board and took surfing to the streets. There is no real proof of who was the true inventor of the skateboard. This has remained a mystery since the first skateboard was used and still remains a mystery.

When the surfers brought this new sport to the streets, of course, this new sport brought a lot of injuries to the surfers who were experimenting with developing this new and different sport

We are taking a walk down memory lane and looking at the history of skateboarding. It started off as “sidewalk surfing” and was closely related to surfing back then, a kind of offshoot. The fact is that skateboards we are pretty sure originated in California, so you can see the connection.

They were developed at first it is believed in the 1940’s, but only began to gain popularity in the 1960’s onwards. Surfers used them as a kind of dry surfing run, and kids who couldn’t get to the beach found skateboarding as the next best thing. The first skateboards were surfboard shaped, but the board widened as people started using skateboards more inventively, and ramps started being used.

The history of skateboarding shows us that once skateboard parks came onto the scene things really started to rock and roll! People started all sorts of cool tricks. They started doing nose wheelies, which is riding on the front wheels, and the 360 was invented, which is spinning around on the back wheels. I hope this isn’t dullsville for you, but I like finding out about the history of skateboarding, it’s neat to know how things are connected, and how sports develop and grow.

The Ollie was the first skateboard trick of the modern era, and after the Ollie things really hotted up. If you don’t know what the Ollie is, it is to fly off the ground with the board, but not holding onto the board, and then landing back on the board. You can use your feet to press against the board in all types of ways for various maneuvers and tricks. This must have been ultra-exciting when this was first created. By the way, do you know where the name of the Ollie came from? It was the creator’s middle name, Alan Ollie Gelfand.

During the time since skateboarding has been concocted, this game has gone from being well known to taking ubiquity plunges once in a while. Regardless of what happens, I feel that skateboarding will dependably be with us as an extraordinary game. This game is continually changing and will keep on changing as time develops year in year out.

So now the question remains, “Where will skateboarding go from here?”…Wherever the new age extraordinary skater takes it!


What Up!

Hey guys I’m Kevin and this is my skateboarding site! I’m almost done writing my first real post (yay) but meanwhile check out these amazing tricks from People Are Awesome! My goal in life is to be able to do all these things!