Jax Skateboarding Legend, Rodney Mullen on TedTalks

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Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential street skater in history, inventing most of the tricks used today. By the time he was 23, Mullen had already set new milestones for skateboarding winning 35 out of 36 freestyle competitions. He studied engineering at the University of Florida before co-founding World Industries, the largest skate company of the 90's, which was acquired for more than $20m. He continues to skate, innovate, and design some 30 years after he won his first world championship at the age of 11. Now Ted.com is featuring him in a speech showing how context shapes content. Join us after the jump for the video and be proud of the people who have roots here in Jacksonville's Kona SkatePark!





What do skateboarding and innovation have in common? More than you might think. A successful entrepreneur and innovator, Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential street skater in history, inventing most of the tricks used today. By the time he was 23, Mullen had already set new milestones for skateboarding winning 35 out of 36 freestyle competitions. He studied engineering at the University of Florida before co-founding World Industries, the largest skate company of the 90's, which was acquired for more than $20m. He continues to skate, innovate, and design some 30 years after he won his first world championship at the age of 11. Mullen spends his spare time thinking about open source communities, hacking the urban terrain, and transforming the mundane into something new. He'll be featured in the upcoming documentary, "The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography."

Rodney Mullen cut his teeth at Kona Skatepark here in Jacksonville.

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For more about Rodney Mullen check out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Mullen

also check out footage of 14 year old Rodney skating at Kona in the two videos at the bottom of this link: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2012-jun-kona-was-modern-skateboarding-developed-here

World Industries
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Industries

article and graphics by stephen dare
video production by ted.com