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The Art of Good Practice

Rodney Mullen (Almost Skateboards)

Mission City
Average rating: ***..
(3.45, 22 ratings)

Ever see a death-defying stunt and wonder, “How did he practice that without getting killed?” By peering into the layered nature of practice through the lens of what high-level pro skateboarders do, we’ll investigate how the nuanced way in which they go about it can be the biggest determinant of success— especially at groundbreaking levels. Tuning the dynamic balance of the analytic methods by which we learn with the internal sense or feel for the whole of what we’re learning is an art, specific to the individual as well as the task. The better we tune our practice, the more practice will make perfect.

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Rodney Mullen

Professional Skateboarder, Almost Skateboards

Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential skateboarder in the history of the skateboarding. Despite Alan Gelfand’s justifiable fame for inventing the ollie air (primarily a vert or pool-oriented trick), Rodney is responsible for the invention and development of the street ollie. The ability to pop the board off of the ground and land back on the board while moving has quite likely been the most significant development in modern skateboarding. This invention alone would rank Mullen the most important skateboarder of all time. The majority of ollie and flip tricks he invented throughout the 1980s, including the flatground ollie, the kickflip, the heelflip, and the 360 flip, are now fundamental aspects of modern vertical and street skateboarding. Rodney’s career highlights include winning nearly 30 contests as a child, skating for the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade, and founding World Industries and the Almost skateboarding company. He has been featured in numerous videos, including Bones Brigade videos, the 1988 film Gleaming the Cube, alongside actor Christian Slater, World Industries’ Rubbish Heap, Plan B’s Questionable, Virtual Reality, and Second Hand Smoke, the Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song series, Globe Opinion, and Almost: Round Three. In 2002, Rodney won the Transworld Reader’s Choice Award for Skater of the Year. He is the author of The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself.