Rodney Mullen Interview
This clip should be a mandatory watch for all passionate young surfers and skaters...
An excerpt from RodneyMullen.net:
"Born in 1966 in Gainesville, Florida. He was coached by Florida legend Bruce Walker who also coached a young Kelly Slater.
Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential person in the history of the skateboarding. 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.
Despite Alan Gelfand's justifiable fame for inventing the ollie air (Gelfand's maneuver being primarily a vert or pool oriented trick) 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 has quite likely been the most significant development in modern skateboarding. This invention alone would rank Mullen the most important skateboarder of all time."