BIO OF FAMOUS SKATEBOARDERS
Bam Margera (born Brandon Cole Margera on September 28, 1979, name legally changed to "Bam") is a professional skateboarder and television personality. He released a series of videos under the CKY banner and came to prominence after being drafted into MTV's Jack*** crew. He has since appeared in MTV's Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union, both Jack** movies, and Haggard, which he also co-wrote and directed.
Anthony Frank Hawk (born May 12, 1968, in San Diego, California) is a professional American skateboarder. He is considered one of the most successful and influential persons of modern vertical skateboarding. He is credited with the invention of many aerial skateboard tricks including the Stalefish, Madonna, and McHawk, and over 80 others, but is most famous for being the first to land the 900 (two and a half rotations—900°—in the air before landing back on the pipe) during the televised June 27 1999 X Games, for which he received an enormous amount of attention. It marked the next level of his rise to fame, solidifying his status as a household name. He retired from competitive skateboarding afterwards, but continues to skate and perform at demos.
Rune Glifberg (born October 7, 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a professional skateboarder who currently resides in Costa Mesa, California. Glifberg began skating at age 11 after a friend brought a board over to his house. In the early 1990s, Glifberg turned professional as a vert skater and made the trek across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. Glifberg signed on with Flip Skateboards, the company he still skated for, and immediately made a splash by trying wild stunts in pools and on vert ramps.
Geoffery Joseph Rowley (born June 6, 1976 in Liverpool, England) is a professional skateboarder who currently resides in Huntington Beach, California. He has been skating for over 13 years and his signature trick is the Rowley Darkslide. Geoff enjoys photography and hunting. Geoff's first sponsor was Flip Skateboards Geoff is known for being fearless in gaps rail ledges and for being able to skate different types of terrain. Geoff is currently filming for the video Extremely Sorry by Flip Skateboards which will be released in the summer of 2007. Geoff was first sponsored by Flip Skateboards and is an original team member. Geoff follows a vegan diet.
John Rodney Mullen (born August 17, 1966 in Gainesville, Florida) is a professional skateboarder, and considered to be the most influential skater in the history of the sport . He is credited with inventing many tricks introduced throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, including the flat-ground ollie , the ollie Kickflip, the Heelflip, the 360 flip, and the Impossible which are regularly performed in modern street, freestyle, and vertical skateboarding.
Stevie Williams is a famous professional street skateboarder that was born on December 17, 1979 and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stevie Williams also appeared in the video game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland and Tony Hawk's Project 8, and as a secret character in NFL Street 2. His current sponsors are DGK skateboards (which he owns), RBK shoes, CCS mailorder, Venture trucks and Gold wheels.
Tony Alva (born September 2, 1957, in Santa Monica, California, United States) is one of the original Z-Boys and is considered to be one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.
The level of aggression with which Alva skated was in stark contrast to the traditional style of the era which was still based around tricks formulated in the 1960s . Alva and the other Z-Boys were among the first to bring skating empty pools into the mainstream. In these early days, it was noted that Alva was hitting the lip so hard that he was actually taking off, hence Alva is responsible for the first recorded aerial, a frontside air, although Alva himself claimed that George Orton was the first to perform aerials (Skateboarder magazine, July, 1978).
Stacy Peralta (born October 15, 1957 in California) is an American director, as well as a former professional skateboarder, team surfer and entrepreneur. He is one of the original Z-Boys. At age 16, Peralta began competing with the Zephyr team, a group sponsored by the surf shop "Jeff Ho and Zephyr Surfboard Productions". His second sponsor was "Gordon and Smith." The Del Mar Nationals was his first competition, a contest with two board skate categories, slalom and freestyle. He nevertheless placed well, sixth or eighth in the freestyle. Following the Del Mar Nationals, Peralta worked to master the conventional maneuvers required of competitive freestyle skating, and within eight months of his first competition became the number three skateboard freestyler at the World Skateboard Championship. He even showcased his talent in the popular television show, Charlie's Angels.
Ronnie Creager (b. January 14, 1974) is an American professional skateboarder from Orange, California.
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (born September 21, 1989) is a professional skateboarder from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. Adams Hawkins is the most famous of a very small group of professional female skaters. Due to a broken arm in 2005 and leg surgery in 2006, Lyn-Z has missed out on many recent competitions. She was the on-camera host for the girls competition at the West 49 Canadian Open in Hamilton in September 2006. She is also featured skater in the video game Tony Hawk's Project 8.