Paul Rodriguez III (born December 31, 1984), also known by his nickname P-Rod, is an American professional street skater and actor.
Rodriguez's nickname was given to him by his classmates when he was around eleven years of age. In 1996, at age 12, Rodriguez received his first skateboard as a Christmas gift from actor/comedian father Paul Rodriguez; Rodriguez had seen a group of skateboarders at his new school and was immediately fascinated by "how they kept their board to their feet and how they could flip it."
Following support from a local skate shop "One Eighteen", DNA Skateboards was Rodriguez's first company sponsor and he appeared in the 1999 video "Micro-Analysis".
In 2000, at the age of 16, he was sponsored by City Stars, a company founded by Kareem Campbell. Rodriguez actually left the team before releasing a signature deck, but he still considers the intended Mercedes Benz design one of his Top Ten Favorite Graphics.
In 2002 Rodriguez went professional, making his debut in the Girl Skateboards video, "In Bloom". He stayed with the team for 2 years from age 17 to 19 and most notably appears in the Girl video, "Yeah Right".
In 2005, Rodriguez was courted by Plan B owners/skaters Colin McKay and Danny Way, to join the relaunched skate deck brand. Among the several videos he's released with Plan B, his most anticipated was 2010's full-length solo part "Me, Myself and I".
Most recently, Rodriguez made the announcement on LA's Power 106 FM of his departure from Plan B and his intention to, "own a little bit more of [himself]".
Rodriguez has won a total of six medals at the X Games, four of them gold (the current record for the "street" category), with the most recent first place victory occurring in Los Angeles in July 2012. He also has several top finishes with the Dew Tour; in 2004-2005 he actually won gold medals back to back in both Dew Tour and X-Games events.
Paul Rodriguez Sponsors: Nike Skateboarding, Mountain Dew, Target, Nixon Watches, Incase Designs, Primitive Skateshop, Brigada Eyewear, Markisa, Venture Trucks, Andale Bearings, Diamond Supply Co, Grizzly Griptape, Transport Skate Shop and FUSE Science.
Rodriguez owns a private skatepark in LA that features design elements from his sponsors, Mountain Dew, Nike SB, and Target. He designed the park with builder Mike Roebke, who used a computer program to blend his own ideas with drawings from Rodriguez. Rodriguez has stated, "I enjoy skating there and I'm blessed to have that type of place at my fingertips."
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