The Mutt – Skateboarding’s Best – Rodney Mullen

In the world of extreme skateboarding Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential figure in the history and development of the sport. The majority of ollie and flip tricks he invented throughout the 1980’s, including the flatground ollie, the Kickflip, the Heelflip, and the 360 flip are regularly done in modern vertical and street skateboarding.

In the video below from from Mullenfreek you can see the awesome skills of Mullen when he was still a young lad – quite simply the best.


In fact his nickname is Mutt or King and these were names he won through the respect of his peers in the sport. Mullen turned professional in 1980 at the age of 13 and for the next 10 years he was the man to beat – in 34 freestyle competitions over those 10 years he was beaten just once!

And it was during the 1980s when with the Powell Peralta Bones Brigade team that Mullen invented so many tricks, under the tutillage of Stacy Peralta who had become Mullen’s new coach and sponsor.

Mullen 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 – the most significant development in modern skateboarding. This invention alone would rank Mullen the most important skateboarder of all time.

His own website has the following list of tricks that Mullen invented.

  • 50-50 Saran Wrap
  • 50-50 Sidewinders
  • 360 Flip
  • 360 pressure Flip
  • 540 double kickflip
  • 540 Shove-it
  • Airwalks
  • Backside 180 Flip
  • Casper 360 Flip
  • Casper Slides
  • Caballerial impossible
  • Double heelflips
  • Flatground Ollie
  • Frontside Heelflip Shove-its
  • Godzilla Rail Flip
  • Gazelles
  • Heelflip
  • Helipops (360 Nollie)
  • Half-cab kickflip underflip
  • Helipop Heelflips
  • Half Flip Darkslide
  • Handstand flips
  • Kickflip Underflip
  • Kickflip
  • No Handed 50-50 Kickflip
  • Ollie Impossible
  • Ollie Nosebones
  • Ollie Fingerflip
  • One footed Ollie
  • Rusty slides
  • Sidewinders
  • Switchstance 360 Flips

And as you will see in the video below from Berilac Mullen continued to develop these tricks which enabled him to entertain his audience with skill, balance and daring – quite simply the best.


Mullen wrote his autobiography – The Mutt: How to Skateboard and not Kill Yourself – in 2003 and although he no longer competes he still skates 2 hours a day – respect to Rodney Mullen.

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