7 Dudes Who Took Skating to Staggering New Heights

on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in a

This video is about the dudes who, rather than simply keeping up with skateboarding's trends, set them themselves. They gave us new tricks, new names, and some of the most memorable parts of all time. They also reminded us how shitty we are at skateboarding.

It has been more than a decade since most of these parts have been released, but they are so good they'll still make you shit your pants, at least a little bit.

  • Alan Gelfand; Ollie

    Back when skating was dominated by slash dogs who liked to, well, slash, Alan Gelfand decided, "Fuck this, I'm going to do an aerial maneuver." Thankfully Gelfand's nickname, "Ollie", was much nicer on the ears than both "Gelfand" and "aerial maneuver", and the ollie was thus born! Born in pools in '78, the ollie stayed there until this guy named Rodney, who you might've heard of, came along and totally screwed things up.
  • Rodney Mullen

    You might have this idea that freestylers weren't cool, and today that is pretty much entirely true. But Rodney Mullen was both cool (just check the photo above) and innovative. So innovative, in fact, that he wasn't content to stop at inventing just the kickflip, he went on to invent the backside flip and tre flip as well.
  • Jeremy Wray; Water Tower Gap

    At this point in time, we feel comfortable saying that Jeremy Wray is criminally underrated. There's really no other way to put it, except to say that the beginning of this Color Skateboards video represents how Wray has made us feel on many occasions, including during his infamous water tower ollie.
  • Jamie Thomas; Welcome To Hell

    Pat Duffy started the handrail movement, but Jamie took it to new heights in Welcome to Hell.
  • Danny Way; The DC Video

    Well, Way literally took skateboarding to new heights in 1997, when he set the world record for highest air. Then he took his bionic self even further and gave birth to the Megaramp Era with his part in 2003's DC Video. In that same video, he also backside 360'd the Big 4 at MACBA, because, well, he's Danny Way, so fuck you.
  • Bob Burnquist; Dream Land

    No words. Just Dreamland.
  • Daewon Song; Picnic Tables

    You could really just take any one of Daewon's video parts. Like this one. Or this one. Or this one. But this one pretty much sums it all up.

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