Rodney Mullen Bio

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Skateboarder Rodney Mullen attends the Tony Hawk Foundation benefit at the Green Acres Estate on October 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Rodney Mullen Basic Bio Information

  • Name: John Rodney Mullen
  • Gender: Male
  • Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA or Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Date of Birth: August 17th, 1966 in Gainesville, FL
  • Family: married to Traci Mullen
  • Occupation: Engineer / Skate Brand Owner / Skateboarder
  • Started Skating: 1974
  • Started Competing: 1977
  • Turned Pro: 1980
  • Favored Discipline: Street
  • #1 Sponsors: Almost, Enjoi, Darkstar, Tensor, Speed Demons, Matix, Globe
  • Stance: Regular
  • Nicknames: Mutt, King

Rodney Mullen Skateboarding Style and Strengths

Rodney Mullen is easily the best street skateboarder the world has yet seen. His skateboarding style is comfortable and relaxed, making the incredible tricks he does look light and simple. Rodney Mullen often smiles and laughs, while pulling off trick after trick that no one has ever seen. Rodney Mullen is inventive, creative, confident and easy going.

Rodney Mullen Favorite / Signature Skateboarding Tricks

"I like frontside crooked grind variations, particularly the munkey flip out, or nollie hard flip. Darkslides are fun." (Quote from

Rodney Mullen Skateboarding Tricks Invented

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

Rodney Mullen Skateboarding Career Highlights

1977 - Mullen won the first freestyle contest he entered
1980 - joined the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade
1984, 85, 87, 88 - featured in The Bones Brigade Videos 1-4
1988 - appeared in feature film, Gleaming the Cube
1992 - began World Industries with Steve Rocco
1990+ - featured in videos by Plan B, A-Team, Globe and Almost
2002 - won Transworld Readers' Choice Award for Skater of the Year
2002 - created Almost skateboard company
2003 - wrote "The Mutt: How to Skateboard and not Kill Yourself"

Rodney Mullen Personal History

Rodney Mullen's father, a doctor, only allowed Rodney to skate if he always wore pads and would quit after his first serious injury. Rodney Mullen avoided injury and obeyed his father, and got sponsored 9 months after getting his own skateboard. Freestyle skateboarding faded from popularity, but Rodney Mullen took his creative skills and continues to feature in skate videos up to the present day. Rodney Mullen no longer skates in competitions, but still skateboards two hours a day.

Rodney Mullen Interesting Fact

Rodney Mullen has only lost one freestyle contest. Ever. In his entire life. And in the contest he lost, he came in 2nd, because he was sick. Rodney Mullen has even won one vert contest.

Rodney Mullen Quote

"Do what you love and try not to look at what other people occupy themselves with. Most people seem restless and bounce around too much to focus or even pay attention enough to themselves to figure out exactly what they really do love, as opposed to what the people that surround them are doing." (Quote from - Hear more from Rodney in this Rodney Mullen Interview.