The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself

The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself

The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself

The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself


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The world–champion freestyle skateboarder and the man who brought the ollie – the trick that revolutionised the sport by taking it from the ground to the air – to street skating shares the history of skateboarding, as he tells the dramatic story of his life.

At the age of 13, Rodney took the freestyle skating world by storm. He won 35 world titles in less than five years. But through it all, his father looked down on his son's love for skating and pressured him to walk away from the sport and leave behind his fans and status as the most famous skateboarder of his era. After years of stress and conflict, Rodney gave in and promised his father he'd quit for good. But by the time he finally broke free from his suffocating and abusive home life, the popularity of freestyle had waned and given way to vert and street styles. So Rodney picked up his board and started from scratch. With the help of mentor Mike Ternansky, Rodney used his freestyle background to usher in a whole new era of street skating.

Today Rodney is more popular than ever. The videos in his series Rodney Versus Daewon are among the most popular skateboard videos ever produced. He won the 2002 Transworld Skateboarding readers' choice award for favourite street skater and is the most popular character on the top–selling Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video games.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060556198
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/02/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 224,165
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Rodney Mullen is a former freestyle world champion with the best contest record in professional skating. He’s credited with laying the foundation for street skating and was voted the 2002 Skater of the Year. And he hates horses. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife.

Sean Mortimer was the editor of Skate — boarder magazine and coauthored Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder with Tony Hawk. He lives in Oceanside, California, with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Living Nowhere5
Chapter 2Nurturing A Near11
Chapter 3Skateboards and Weed23
Chapter 4The Beginning of the End32
Chapter 5Running Away from Contests40
Chapter 6With A Little Help from My Friends50
Chapter 7The Karate Kid Sehool of Skating60
Chapter 8Winning Bot Really Losing64
Chapter 9Turning Pro78
Chapter 10Stay of Execution95
Chapter 11Rat on a Skate Board106
Chapter 12Storm Warning114
Chapter 13Skin and Bones122
Chapter 14First-Time Loser127
Chapter 15Watching the Decay136
Chapter 16"Real Life" and the University of Florida142
Chapter 17The Great Escape154
Chapter 18A New Company167
Chapter 19Loan Sharks and Skateboard War178
Chapter 20Jumping off Fjords188
Chapter 21Hickeys and Homecomings196
Chapter 22The Most Ill-Equipped Businessman206
Chapter 23Terminal Diagnosis215
Chapter 24Starting Over228
Chapter 25Nerd Love and Devilman237
Chapter 26Phone Call to My Father244
Chapter 27Doomsday251
Chapter 28Enjoi!262
Chapter 29Almost268
Photography Credits274
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