Rodney Mullen - professional skater hails from the town of Gainesville (Florida) was born August 17, 1966. It was he who played a major role in promoting skateboarding in USA and created almost all of the basic tricks.
It all began in January 1977 when Rodney met with friends of his sisters who had also started skateboarding. His father initially opposed his son’s hobbies, but he promised to stop training if he had a seriously injury.
All his spare time was spent honing his freestyle skills leading to his entry into the Boys Freestyle Contest held in Kona Skate Park, Jacksonville where he ranked 3rd. It was enough to attract the attention of producer Bruce Walker and after a few days he became a rider for Walker Skateboards. For the next three years, Rodney claimed first place in every contest he entered. In Florida he had 30 wins and with similar success he won in California.
In the early 90's Mullen entered the professional team Plan B. Team founder Mike Ternasky affected Rodney’s style and in '92 on video «Questionable» he demonstrates an absolutely new, previously unknown trick. In 1994, after the death of Mike Ternasky, Rodney leaves Plan B and decides to create his own team. In 1997 the world will see a skateboarding brand company A-Team.
In early 2000, Rodney was invited to play in a movie. He made his debut in the film "Gleaming the Cube" duplicating Christian Slater. Also participating in the shooting were famous skaters Tony Hawk and Mike Veleli. The culmination of the film is a 2 minute solo by Rodney which to date has impressed all skaters around the world and people far removed from the sport.
In 2002 he won in the category "Skater of the Year" at the Transworld Readers Choice Awards.
Certainly today, Mullen is considered the most influential skater in history. Master Almost Skateboard Company and rider various brands. Also in 2003 he released his autobiography "How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself."
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