Skateboarding and Celebrities
James Hetfield, founder of metal band Metallica, is an enthusiastic skateboarder. In fact, Hetfield has been featured in interviews with Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, and Thrasher Magazine regarding his love of skating.
Jaden Smith is the son of Will Smith and an actor, singer, and skateboarder in his own right. Frequently found skateboarding around his neighborhood or at local skate parks, Jaden often takes his father’s place at local skateparks to skate.
Early Life and Education
Jaden Smith and Dean Geyer have captured the hearts of young people, representing skateboard culture to them and providing an authoritative figure for skateboarding culture. Jaden can often be found wearing Thrasher Magazine gear and has even appeared on their podcast! Emile Hirsch from Lords of Dogtown can often be found skating with friends. Actor Jason Mamoa hails from Pacific Islands himself and enjoys surfing and skateboarding – even competing in competitions!
Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Rich the Kid, and Lupe Fiasco all appreciate the alternative creative energy of skateboarding and credit it with furthering their careers in other fields. Heath Ledger was known to enjoy skateboarding himself; there’s even an iconic picture showing him popping a kickflip over Batman on set of The Dark Knight.
Skateboarding has added a whole new dimension to many celebrities’ lives and careers alike, including Shane O’Neill who became one of the world’s premier street skaters with his unparalleled combination of precise maneuvers and effortless style – earning him one of the world’s best street skaters titles; Sky Brown won bronze at 2021 Olympics for her vert skating skills while Bucky Lasek became an icon within the sport through raw power combined with smooth moves he created during competitions like this.
Bam Margera, another celebrity with an avid interest in skateboarding, can often be seen riding his board in videos and even has his own line of skateboard decks. After struggling with addiction and personal issues he returned to skateboarding which has provided much inspiration and helped him overcome many of his demons.
Achievement and Honors
Skateboarders have amassed an impressive roster of accomplishments since the sport first emerged. From Tony Hawk and Stacy Peralta on one end to Bucky Lasek and Shane O’Neill on the other, there have been many talented skaters that have left an indelible mark on both peers and fans alike.
Nyjah Huston has made waves as one of the premier skateboarders worldwide due to her consistency and technical excellence in competitions, making her one of the world’s best known skaters. Additionally, she enjoys an established career as both model and entrepreneur.
Rob Dyrdek, best known for his role on My Name is Earl, has become one of the most esteemed skateboarders and filmmakers today. His efforts have helped bring this sport into mainstream society.
Skateboarding is a vibrant subculture that fosters creativity in many spheres of life; no wonder so many celebrities find the sport an inspiration.
Tyler the Creator is a musician and actor known for skateboarding around his backyard. He’s participated in multiple X Games and Dew Tour events, earning first place wins at both events in 2015.
J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr has appeared in many skate videos over the years and regularly competes in both vert and street events on the competitive circuit.
Matthew McConaughey is another famous celebrity skater who can frequently be found skating around Los Angeles streets. In fact, Welcome Skateboards even partnered with him.
Professional skateboarders generally need another job or hobby in order to survive, but those who make it big may become very wealthy. Ryan Sheckler has been estimated to be worth an estimated 16 million dollars due to numerous sponsorship deals as well as owning properties such as his 2.5 million dollar house and ferrari.
Bam Margera boasts an estimated net worth of $20 Million. He earned it through skateboarding, acting, reality television and membership of the Jackass cast; additionally he has featured prominently in Rob & Big and Viva La Bam shows.
Rodney Mullen boasts a net worth of $30 Million. He boasts several sponsors and cofounded companies like Almost Skateboards and World Industries.