Influential The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the skateboarders who made major contributions to the sport and changed it forever.

The most influential skateboarders of all time are more than just some of the greatest to ever step on the board. These dudes (and Elissa Steamer) have made major contributions to skateboarding throughout their careers, from pushing the boundaries of what was ever thought possible to bringing their own style and energy to the culture. Proving themselves to be the best skateboarders of all time, the legends to follow have influenced skaters all over the world. 

Whether you're talking top street skaters or the world's best vert skaters, everyone you'll find on the list below has left a major mark on the skate industry. These impactful skateboarders include the likes of the godfather Tony Hawk, the always-entertaining Mark Gonzales, and the guy who brought flip tricks to real life, Rodney Mullen. Of course, you can't forget to mention John Cardiel, Danny Way, and Steve Caballero—though there are many others to consider. In short, these are some of the most important skateboarders to ever grace the streets and skate parks across the world. So, who do you think is the most influential skater ever?

Take a look at the skateboarders who changed the sport below and cast your votes for those who had the greatest impact on skateboarding as a whole. 

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29 10
Tony Hawk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 50
Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk, nicknamed "The Birdman", is an American professional skateboarder and actor. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his ...more

2
27 9
Rodney Mullen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 52
John Rodney Mullen is a professional skateboarder, company owner, inventor, and public speaker who practices freestyle and street skateboarding. Mullen is credited with inventing numerous ...more

3
22 7
Mark Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 50
Mark Gonzales, also known as "Gonz" and "The Gonz", is an American professional skateboarder and artist. He is known in the skateboarding world as a top pioneer of modern ...more

4
15 6
Steve Caballero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 54
Steve Caballero is a professional skateboarder and musician. Caballero is known for the difficult tricks and air variations he invented for vertical skating and for setting the long-standing ...more

5
14 6
Christian Hosoi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 51
Christian Rosha Hosoi is an American professional skateboarder. He is also known by the nicknames "Christ" and "Holmes".

6
15 8
Jay Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Dec. at 53 (1961-2014)
Jay J Adams was an American skateboarder most prominently known as one of the original members of Z-Boys skateboarding team. He is known as "The Original Seed" of the sport and ...more

7
14 8
Daewon Song is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Daewon Song age 44
Daewon David Song is a Korean-born American professional skateboarder, recognized for his skillful technical street skateboarding. He is a co-owner of Almost Skateboards, along with Rodney ...more

8
14 8
Tony Alva is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 61
Tony Alva is an American skateboarder, most prominently known as one of the original members of the Z-Boys skateboarding team. The Transworld SKATEboarding magazine ranked him in eighth position ...more

9
12 7
Danny Way is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 44
Daniel Way, known as Danny Way, is an American professional skateboarder and company owner who has been awarded Thrasher magazine's "Skater of the Year" award twice. He is known for ...more

10
14 9
Stacy Peralta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 61
Stacy Peralta is an American director and entrepreneur. He was previously a professional skateboarder and surfer with the professional skateboarding group, the Z-Boys.

11
13 8
Lance Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 54
Robert Lance Mountain is a professional skateboarder and artist who was one of the prominent skateboarders throughout the 1980s, primarily due to his involvement with the Bones Brigade. As of ...more

12
10 6
Andrew Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 40
Andrew Michael Reynolds is a professional street skateboarder. He is the co-founder and owner of Baker Skateboards; a part owner of Brigada Eyewear; a partner in Bakerboys Distribution, and head ...more

13
10 6
Bob Burnquist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 42
Roberto Dean Silva Burnquist, popularly known as Bob Burnquist, is a Brazilian professional skateboarder. In 2010 he became the first skateboarder to land a "fakie 900", making ...more

14
9 5
Mike Vallely is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 48
Mike Vallely, also known as Mike V, is a professional skateboarder. Vallely is also a musician, actor, television personality, stuntman, professional wrestler and FHL hockey player. As of ...more

15
7 4
Mike Carroll is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 43
Michael "Mike" Shawn Carroll is a professional skateboarder from Daly City, California, United States. He is the co-founder and vice-president of Girl Skateboards and the co-founder of ...more

16
7 4
Jason Jessee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Jason Jessee
Jason Jessee is a professional skateboarder from the United States who was identified as the 24th most influential skateboarder of all time by TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine in 2011. The ...more

17
9 7
Natas Kaupas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Natas Kaupas age 50
Natas Kaupas is a semi-retired Lithuanian professional skateboarder. He grew up in South Santa Monica, California in the area known as Dogtown and is of Lithuanian descent. He attended Santa ...more

18
8 6
Matt Hensley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Matt Hensley age 40
Matthew Davis Hensley is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played part of the 2004 season in Major League Baseball for the Anaheim Angels. In 2004, Hensley appeared in 30 games for the ...more

19
7 5
Heath Kirchart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time

20
8 7
Tom Penny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Tom Penny age 41
Thomas Stephen Lewis Penny is a professional skateboarder from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. As of January 2013, Penny is sponsored by the Flip skateboard deck brand and his Cheech ...more

21
7 6
John Cardiel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 45
John Joseph Cardiel is a professional skateboarder who has been a core member of the AntiHero Skateboards company since it was founded in 1995.

22
6 5
Elissa Steamer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Elissa Steamer age 43
Elissa Steamer is an American professional skateboarder who is acknowledged as the first woman to have attained professional status in the history of skateboarding.

23
5 4
Jamie Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Jamie Thomas age 44
Jamie Thomas, is an American professional skateboarder and skateboard industry entrepreneur. Thomas is the owner and founder of Zero Skateboards and Fallen Footwear. Thomas's nickname in the ...more

24
8 8
Bucky Lasek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 46
Charles "Bucky" Lasek is a professional skateboarder and rallycross driver.

25
7 7
Eric Koston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 43
Eric Koston is an American professional skateboarder and company owner. He has been featured in the Tony Hawk video game series, and the Electronic Arts video games Skate 2 and Skate 3. Koston ...more