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Encyclopedia > Per Welinder

Per Welinder has the distinction of being the only skateboarder to have ever beaten Rodney Mullen in a contest. In the 1980's, Welinder and Mullen were competitors in freestyle skateboarding, and Welinder regularly placed 2nd to Mullen's 1st. At a 1983 contest, Mullen (under psychological duress from his father forcing him to soon quit skateboarding, as well as being sick) skated uncharacteristically off and Welinder won. A skateboarder in the middle of a trick Skateboarding is the act of rolling on or interacting with a skateboard. ... Rodney Mullen (born August 17, 1966, Gainesville, Florida) is a professional skateboarder, considered one of the most influential skateboarders in the history of the sport. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Mullen retired for a year and was soon allowed to return to the scene, overshadowing Welinder and all the other freestylers, but Welinder consistently was the second most popular freestyler in skateboarding. In addition to his freestyle board model, Welinder also had a street model (which was unusual for a freestyler) and this board - with its well-regarded graphic and long nose - was one of the most popular among skateboarders for a few years. This was followed by an unusual, hybrid model of his in 1990 called the "Nordic Sperm", which also sold relatively well.


Welinder was featured prominently in the Bones Brigade videos "The Bones Brigade Video Show", "Future Primitive", and "Ban This". In January, 1992, he left Powell Peralta to start a new skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects, with fellow team member Tony Hawk as his partner and main attraction. As Tony Hawk began to achieve superstardom when skateboarding's popularity increased in the mid 1990's, Welinder became a very wealthy man. Bones Brigade is a highly successful skate team that featured many of todays top pro skateboarders. ... Powell Peralta is widely considered to be the most successful skateboard company ever. ... Tony Hawk (born May 12, 1968 in Carlsbad, California) is widely regarded as the most famous skateboarder of all time, and is considered the pioneer of modern vertical skateboarding. ...


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Skateboard Forums - Message Board - Skateboarding forum - Which Bones Brigade videos have the best freestyle footage? (282 words)
The origional Bones Brigade Video Show has 3 different segments with Rodney in them, and a small bit with Per Welinder.
Mullen had moved to World Industries at the time, but it had full video parts for Per Welinder, Kevin Harris, and Cameron Martin.
Per's part is amazing, I actually like Per's skating more than Rodney's.
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