Top Professional Skateboarders Around The World
Around The World
From its birth in 1950s California to its present day position as the king of extreme sports, skateboarding has had quite a history. Along the way, the sport has been carried to ever greater heights by some of the world's most dedicated and innovative athletes. It would be impossible to choose the top skater of all time, but there are a few names that belong on any list of the greats. Here are six skaters, past and present, who have helped make the sport what it is today.
1. Tony Hawk
Probably the most famous skateboarder of all time, no list of skating legends would be complete without the Birdman. Hawk turned pro at the tender age of 14 and went on to become recognised as one of the world's greatest vert skaters. He pioneered many of the tricks and techniques that shaped modern skateboarding, attaining near-mythical status in 1999 when he became the first person to land a 900. The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series was instrumental in fuelling the early 2000s skateboarding boom, bringing the sport to the masses and introducing a generation to the music, clothing and culture of skating. He continues to skate to this day, as well as running the highly successful Birdhouse clothing company which has gained a reputation for making some of the world's best kids' skateboards and skateboards for adults.
2. Nyjah Huston
Nyjah Huston got his first sponsorship deal at the age of seven, making Tony Hawk look like a late bloomer! The current world number one, Huston has become famous for his incredible talent and seriously impressive work ethic.
Known to train for at least five hours a day, painstakingly perfecting every trick before moving on, Huston has 12 X Games Medals and five World Skateboarding Championship medals under his belt. He also holds the world record for the most prize money won by a single skater. And he's still only 25.
3. Bam Margera
Arguably the first skateboarder to transcend the sport and become a fully-fledged celebrity, Bam Margera is probably better known these days for his TV appearances than for his skating. In the early 2000s, he achieved worldwide stardom as part of the MTV stunt show Jackass. The series went on to spawn several movies, not to mention a spin-off reality show for Margera and his family. Margera has had an incredibly varied career, dabbling in independent film and even starting his own music label in 2005. He is living proof that skating can be a springboard to achieving all of your wildest dreams.
4. Sabre Norris
Seen by many as the future of women's skateboarding, Australian Sabre Norris is truly a skater for the internet age. Racking up millions of views on her YouTube channel, she could easily claim to be skateboarding's first viral star. At just 15, she has already made her mark, becoming only the third female skater in history to land a 540. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, she was on track to represent Australia in the 2020 Olympics.
5. Geoff Rowley
A strong contender for the greatest British Skateboarder of all time, Liverpool's Geoff Rowley has become a figurehead in the UK skating scene over the last 30 years. Taking up skateboarding in 1989 at a time when the sport was almost unknown in Liverpool, Rowley has done a great deal to create a distinct homegrown skating culture. The only UK skater to appear in the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game in 1999, Rowley went on to be named Thrasher's Skater of the Year in 2000.
6. Sky Brown
At just 12 years old, the UK's very own Sky Brown is the youngest professional skateboarder in the world. Pre-COVID, she was on track to become the UK's youngest ever summer Olympian after qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 skating team. She already has an impressive list of achievements to her name, with a World Championship bronze and X Games success under her belt. Like Sabre Norris, she has a huge internet following, with over half a million Instagram followers to her name. Olympics or no Olympics, Sky Brown is proof that the future of British skateboarding is extremely bright.