Who would you put on skateboarding’s Mount Rushmore?

Tony Hawk? Rodney Mullen? Who do you think deserves to be atop a theoretical Mount Rushmore of skateboarding?

This story originally appeared in TW SKATEBOARDING. Words by Jamie Owens.

Tony Hawk, John Cardiel, Rodney Mullen and Mark Gonzales. Image: Courtesy of Keegan Callahan/TW SKATEBOARDING

I was listening to a movie-nerd podcast called Junkfood Cinema the other day while driving into work and they mentioned what four actors they would put on their Junkfood Cinema version of Mount Rushmore and it made me instantly think of who I would put on a skateboarding version of that. Which then made me think of who would other skaters enshrine on this fictional monument to skateboarding?

I hit up over a hundred skaters -- pros, ams, photographers, filmers, team managers and industry heads alike -- just to get a small glimpse into who would make it into their final four.

While this is just a test and we're not carving any monuments anytime soon (especially on sacred Lakota land, like the original), this idea is still up for much debate and a fun one to have with your friends and argue about.

In the meantime, here are my results from a small sampling of the skate community, with the other names mentioned below for consideration in no particular order.

My Results (in no order):
Tony Hawk
– John Cardiel
Rodney Mullen
– Mark Gonzales

Other Collected Names (in no order):
– Tony Alva
– Jay Adams
– Eric Koston
– Lance Mountain
– Andrew Reynolds
– Natas Kaupas
– Danny Way
– Chris Miller
– Tommy Guerrero
– Neil Blender
– Eric Dressen
– Steve Caballero
– Christian Hosoi
– Daewon Song
– Heath Kirchart
– Matt Hensley
– Bob Burnquist
– Ray Barbee
– Tom Penny
– Elissa Steamer
– Mike Carroll
– Marc Johnson
– Duane Peters
– Jason Jessee
– Grant Taylor
– Guy Mariano
– Dylan Rieder
– Alan Gelfand
– Gino Iannucci
– Ishod Wair


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