10 Most Famous Skateboarders

Skateboarding has had its fair share of celebrities over the years, but who of them are the most famous of all? Find out the most famous skateboarders of all time in this top ten list.

1. Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk is the obvious choice for the most famous skateboarder because he’s also the most visible skateboarder in the mainstream. Tony Hawk is most notable in the skateboarding world for Vert skateboarding, however he is also an accomplished Steet skater as well. Tony Hawk turned pro at age 14, was the first skateboarder to land a “900”. Incredibly Tony retired from competitive skateboarding in 2003, but has only become more famous subsequently. His video game series have also added to his gravitas considerably in the mainstream.

2. Rodney Mullen

Today, the most popular form of skateboarding is undoubtedly street. Well, Rodney Mullen is known as the “Godfather of Street Skateboarding”, having invented the kickflip, heelflip, and flatground ollie among other tricks. He won his first world skateboard championship at just 14 years old, the start of a record-making streak of 34 out of 35 freestyle championship victories in a decade.

3. Stacy Peralta

Stacy Peralta is one of the original skateboarders who rose to fame. Born in Venice, California, by the age of 15 he was already competing with the legendary skate group the Z-Boys. At the age of 19, Peralta was ranked as the number 1 skateboarder in the world in 1994. He co-founded Powell Peralta which became one of the biggest skateboarding brands of the 1980s, and formed the Bones Brigade skateboard team.

4. Nyjah Huston

Nyjah Huston is one of the youngest skateboarders who have made our list, he is the most phenomenally successful professional skateboarder competing today with over 24 street skateboarding competition medals, at just 25 years old. Incredibly he has been competing since he was 10 years old.

5. Bam Margera

Bam may not be one of the most accomplished skateboarders on this list from a competitive standpoint, but he’s definitely one of the most famous. He turned pro in 1997, featured in numerous Tony Hawk’ Video Games, and was at one point selling more decks than Tony Hawk. Bam rose to fame in the 00’s through Jackass, Viva La Bam, and CKY. Eventually, this took over his life and he skated less and less. Unfortunately for skateboarding fans, it is likely that we never saw what Bam could have become as a street skateboarder. That said he was amazing in the early 00s.

6. Danny Way

Danny Way doesn’t get enough credit for some of his achivements, yet he always makes these kinds of lists for good reason. He won his first contest at just eleven years of age, and just a few years later won the first vert contest he had ever entered. In 1991 he was named “Skater of the Year”, winning over famous names such as Stacy Peralta, Tony Hawk, as well as others.

7. Elissa Steamer

Born in Fort Myers, Florida – Elissa Steamer is one of the top skateboarders ever, and one of the most famous as well. She started skateboarding in 1989 and was the first pro female skateboarder. Elissa has also won numerous gold medals at the Summer X Games. Her style was one of the best around, and so she was rightfully included in multiple Tony Hawk Video Games.

8. Steve Caballero

Steve Caballero is one of the best vertical skateboarders of all time, having invented many tricks and air variations for the vert style. He has featured in a number of the Tony Hawk video games, and has held numerous records at various times. Today he still skateboards frequently, however he has long since retired from competitive skateboarding.

9. Eric Koston

Born in Thailand, Erik Koston is one of the most famous skateboarders in the world. Having dominated the Summer X Games in the early-00s for both Park and Street events he has plenty of gold medals for his competitive efforts. While many ex-pro skateboarders will often fade in people’s memories, Koston is still hugely relevant today due to his co-ownership of ‘The Berrics’, a famous skatepark, website and YouTube channel.

10. Leticia Buffoni

Buffoni was born in Brazil in 1993, later becoming a pro skateboarder at age 9. She is one of the most decorated female skateboarders of today, having won over 7 street competitions in the span of 4 years, picking up a total of 13 medals in that same time period. She is currently preparing for the first ever skateboarding competition to be held at the next Olympics.