Rodney Mullen, commonly known as the ‘godfather’ of street skating, began his professional career with the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade in 1980. Throughout the next decade, he invented countless skateboarding tricks, and appeared in Bones Brigade videos in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988. He also starred in the 1988 film Gleaming the Cube, alongside actor Christian Slater. His most significant trick was the Flat-ground Street Ollie, which must also rank as one of the most significant developments in the history of modern skateboarding. The trick allowed the skateboarder to pop the board off of the ground and land back on it while moving, and inventing it alone surely makes Rodney the most important skateboarder of all time. He was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1966, and it was against the wishes of his father that he began skateboarding at the age of ten. He finished third in the first contest he entered, the 1977 Boys’ Freestyle at Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville, and over the next three years, he won every contest he entered, culminating in victory at the Oceanside Nationals in California. After winning the Oasis Pro in San Diego, he turned pro in 1980. Many of the tricks that he invented - such as the Kicklip (originally called the "magic flip"), Heelflip, and 360 Flip - have since become standard tricks for street and vert skating. His long list of original tricks also includes the Ollie Impossible, the 540 Shove-it, the Godzilla Rail Flip, and the Handstand Flip.
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