Rodney Mullen has been inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
The Skateboarding Hall of Fame induction took place at the Sheridan Park Hotel in Anaheim, California on the 9th of May this year. Pretty much everyone who is anyone in skateboarding was there. The reason for the event was to celebrate the innovators, pioneers, and inventors in skateboarding history; the ones that laid the foundation that made skateboarding what it is today. The awards were give by the IASC (International Association of Skateboard Companies). Icon Awards, for honouring skateboarding’s greatest influencers, were given to photographer Warren Bolster, NHS, Inc.; and Devo.
The skateboarders immortalized in the Hall of Fame this year were:
1960s: Brandon “Woody” Woodward
1970s: Era One – Tom Sims
1970s: Era Two – Alan “Ollie” Gelfand
1980s: Era One – Rodney Mullen
1980s: Era Two – Christian Hosoi
1960s: Female – Wendy Bearer Bull
1970s: Female – Laura Thornhill Caswell
Here is a video of Rodney’s induction by Steve Caballero and Ben Harper:
Ben Harper is helping to raise money for the family of Australian pro skateboarder Lewis Marnell, whose untimely death in January at the age of 30 left his family in dire financial straits. A lifelong skateboarding enthusiast and friend to skaters around the world, Harper has reunited with the Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2007 to re-record the song “Jah Work” from his 1997 album, “The Will to Live.” The song is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Lewis Marnell family memorial fund.
“Lewis was a brilliant artist and athlete not to mention a truly beautiful soul. We loved him and his contributions to skating, and we thought a song would be a wonderful way to celebrate his life and help his family.” said Harper.
Marnell died Jan. 18 from complications of diabetes, a disease he lived with from the age of 10. He did not allow his condition to impede his meteoric skateboarding career. He skated with such passion and style that can’t be replicated, he made all his tricks look effortless and his love for life was infectious. In 2008 he made his mark when he went pro for Almost Skateboards and he was named Skater of the Year from Australian skateboarding magazine, Slam. Marnell got married in late 2012, and died only a few months later, leaving his family with a large debt. Global efforts to help the family financially ensued, with Harper’s being the latest.