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In 1999, the first Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game came out. Over the last 10 years, the Tony Hawk video game franchise (12 games!) has moved mountains in promoting skateboarding, and has dominated the skateboarding video game scene.
Also in 1999, Tony Hawk became the first skater to pull off a 900, the holy grail of vert skateboarding. Over the last 10 years, many have tried to beat it, but no one has yet. I have no doubt that someone will land a 1080 eventually, but in the world of vert skating, Tony Hawk has remained unchallenged, even though he hasn't competed. That's pretty amazing.
Mullen has also been heavily involved in the research and development side of skateboarding - through his company Almost, as well as Globe and Tensor Trucks, Rodney has been influential in the design side of skateboarding over the last decade.
In the year 2000, Danny had his first knee surgery. He would have 6 more thought the last 10 years, including having his ACL replaced three times.
But before you feel sorry for him, here's a list of his bigger achievements: over the last 10 years he's claimed the world's record for Highest Freefall, Longest Jump and Highest Air. In 2005, he took the distance record while jumping over the Great Wall of China, becoming the first person to do it without a motor! Danny's Mega Ramp has also become a staple in the X Games.
In 2004 Ryan Sheckler became the youngest pro skater to take gold in the X Games. Then, he swept competition after competition, winning first place more often than not. He's good, and his skill has won him a fortune. He's also done well with his money, keeping a fairly clean reputation and acting as poster boy for skateboarding. A lot of skaters resent him for this, but the truth is that a lot of the positive attitude we skaters have enjoyed over the last decade is thanks to Ryan Sheckler!
Since then the TV shows Rob and Big, and Fantasy Factory have launched Dyrdek even higher. He is now on of the most popular skaters on the planet. Rob Dyrdek's skateboarding and show biz style have dominated the last decade.
Bob also started the Bob Burnquist Foundation to visit schools and raise awareness of organic farming and gardening. He also co-founded the Action Sports Environmental Coalition that spreads a lot of info about ecological awareness through the Action Sports scene. Burnquist has spent this decade winning, and using that to try and save the world.
Over the last 10 years, P-Rod has done his best to bust into Hollywood. In 2007 he was in the movie Vicious Circle, and it won Best Film during the New York International Latino Film Festival in 2008. In 2009 he starred in Street Dreams, the skateboarding feature film by Rob Dyrdek. All of this has been accomplished while still skateboarding in contests, and generating film for skateboard videos.
Steamer was the first female to have a pro model skateboard, the first to have a pro model skateboarding shoe (etnies), and the first and only female skater in any of the Tony Hawk video games! In 2004 and 2005 alone, Steamer took 1st place at ten major skateboarding contests worldwide.
Jamie Thomas was well known for his Leap of Faith in 1997 (a 20 foot drop), but it has been over the last 10 years that he has really taken over. He bought Black Box Distribution (parent company of Zero, Mystery, Fallen, and $lave), and brought a lot of his Christian gothic imagery to his designs, while not shoving his faith down people's throats. Thomas also showed that you can run a skate company with morals and ethics. And with all of these business dealings, Jamie Thomas still skates in about one skateboard video release a year!