Double Impact skateboard used by Rodney Mullen

Description (Brief)
Almost, Double Impact model skateboard, custom made for Rodney Mullen which he rode during his podcast at the American History museum in August of 2012. He had saved this board because the experience he had during the podcast was memorable and he wanted to capture that moment by keeping this board. He usually gives his boards away to those in need. Mullen began skating at 14 in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida which geographically was flat farmland. This meant Mullen was destined to hone his skills in freestyle and in 1978 became the U.S. Open Champion. This led to an invitation to join the Bones Brigade headed by world renowned skater, Stacy Peralta and included team members Tony Hawk, Alan Gelfand, Steve Caballero and Andy McDonald. By 1990 Mullen had racked up 34 out of 35 freestyle wins but when freestyle gave way to vert, pool and street skating he quickly shifted gears. Mullen took the street skating genre by storm creating tricks including the street Ollie, the 360-flip, the kickflip and the heelflip to name only a few. Considered 'the most influential street-skater in the history of the sport,' Mullen created most of the tricks used in street skating today and continues to develop the sport through his innovative style.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Mullen, Rodney
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 7 3/4 in x 31 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 19.685 cm x 80.01 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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