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The Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time

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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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  • Rodney Mullen
    1
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Gainesville
  • Tony Hawk
    2
    Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Carlsbad, California, United States of America
  • Mark Gonzales
    3
    • Birthplace: USA, South Gate, California
  • Steve Caballero
    4
    • Birthplace: San Jose, USA, California
  • Stacy Peralta
    5
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, Venice, USA, California
  • Tony Alva
    6
    Age: 64
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Santa Monica
  • Bob Burnquist
    7
    • Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Andrew Reynolds
    8
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Lakeland
  • Danny Way
    9
    Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
  • Christian Hosoi
    10
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
  • Natas Kaupas
    11
    • Birthplace: Lithuania
  • Eric Koston
    12
    • Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Daewon Song
    13
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Lance Mountain
    14
    • Birthplace: USA, Pasadena, California
  • Jay Adams
    15
    Dec. at 53 (1961-2014)
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Santa Monica
  • Chad Muska
    16
    Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, USA
  • Mike Vallely
    17
    • Birthplace: USA, Edison, New Jersey
  • Jamie Thomas
    18
    • Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama
  • Geoff Rowley
    19
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Bucky Lasek
    20
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Dundalk, Maryland
  • Tom Penny
    21
    Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, United Kingdom
  • John Cardiel
    22
    • Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America
  • Nyjah Huston
    23
    • Birthplace: Davis, California
  • Mike Carroll
    24
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco
  • Ed Templeton
    25
    • Birthplace: Garden Grove, USA, California