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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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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
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
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
Daewon Song is listed (or ranked) 4 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
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Steve Caballero is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
Tony Alva is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Danny Way is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
Eric Koston is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Bob Burnquist is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
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
Jay Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
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
Christian Hosoi is listed (or ranked) 13 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".
14
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
Natas Kaupas is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Jamie Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Chad Muska is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 41
Chad Muska is an American professional skateboarder and entrepreneur. In November 2012, Skin Phillips described Muska as "one of the most marketable pros skateboarding has ever seen".
18
Lance Mountain is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Tom Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Geoff Rowley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 42
Geoffrey Joseph Rowley Junior is an English professional skateboarder, co-owner of Flip Skateboards and owner of the Civilware Service Corporation. Rowley is a recipient of the prestigious ...more
21
Arto Saari is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
age 37
Arto Saari is a Finnish professional skateboarder and photographer. Saari's skateboarding stance is regular and he was awarded Thrasher magazine's "Skater of the Year" award in 2001.
22
Heath Kirchart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
23
John Cardiel is listed (or ranked) 23 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.
24
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
Guy Mariano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time
Guy Mariano age 42
Guy Mariano is a professional skateboarder who gained widespread recognition at the age of fourteen for his video part in the Blind Skateboards video, Video Days.