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Office Hour with Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen (Almost Skateboards)
Office Hour
Table A

Rodney is probably the most influential skateboarder in the history of skateboarding.  Meet Rodney to discuss things like:

  • How to balance the analytic methods by which we learn with the internal feel for what we are learning
  • How skateboarders perform death-defying stunts, without, well, dying
  • Tips for perfecting your Heelflip
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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.