Rodney Mullen

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Rodney Mullen
Born August 17, 1966 (1966-08-17) (age 47)
Gainesville, Florida
Education University of Florida Biomedical Engineering

Rodney Mullen (born August 17 1966 in Gainesville, Florida) is a professional freestyle skateboarder, and considered to be one of the most influential skaters in the history of the sport.[1] He is credited with inventing many tricks, including the flat-ground Ollie (originally called the 'ollie pop'), the kickflip (originally called "magic flips"), the Heelflip, the 360 flip, and the Ollie Impossible (more often called the Impossible).

Tricks he invented[change | change source]

Mullen has invented many tricks. These are:[2]

  • Frontside & backside 180 kickflips
  • 50-50 saran wrap
  • Varial heelflip
  • 50-50 sidewinders
  • 360 Flip
  • 360 pressure flip
  • 540 double kickflip
  • 540 Shove-it
  • Casper 360 flip
  • Casper slides
  • Darkslides (Adapted from Mark Gonzales' idea)
  • Double heelflips
  • Flat-ground ollie
  • Godzilla rail flip
  • Gazelle
  • Heelflip
  • Helipops (360 Nollie)
  • Half-cab kickflip underflip
  • Half-cab impossible
  • Helipop heelflips
  • Handstand flip
  • Kickflip underflip
  • No Handed 50-50
  • Ollie Kickflip
  • Ollie Impossible
  • Ollie nosebone
  • Ollie fingerflip
  • One footed ollie

Movie appearance[change | change source]

Rodney Mullen did many of the skateboarding stunts for Christian Slater in the 1989 skateboarding movie Gleaming the Cube. He can be seen performing in order to look like Slater. At the end credits he can be seen from an overhead view riding his skateboard with the camera zooming in on his foot work.[3]

Video game appearances[change | change source]

Mullen has appeared in many video games related to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater (THPS) console games. These include:

References[change | change source]

  1. Weyland, J (2002) The Answer is Never: A Skateboarder's History of the World Arrow, London. p276. ISBN 0-09-943186-6
  2. "The House That Rodney Built". Plan B Skateboards. 1994. http://www.kribob.com/images/mullen2.jpg. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  3. Gleaming the Cube → Trivia at the Internet Movie Database