2017 – Daewon Song

2017 Inductees

Born February 17, 1975 in Seoul, South Korea, Daewon Song exploded onto the scene in 1992 via World Industries’ third video Love Child and has essentially been the leading technical skateboarder on the planet ever since. Undeniably in a class of his own, Daewon grew up in Gardena, CA before being discovered skating his high school campus by Rodney Mullen.


Initially Rodney’s mentee, Song would ultimately become Rodney’s friendly nemesis via the notorious Rodney vs. Daewon trilogy over the course of the late ‘90s/early ‘00s and lifelong business partner after the two launched Almost Skateboards in ’03.

Having won Thrasher Magazine’s “Skater of the Year” Award in 2006 and listed by Transworld SKATEboarding as No. 29 on their “Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time” list in 2012; it is truly the later part of Daewon’s career that seemingly defies any laws of age or physics. At 42, he still seems to progress every time he skates, and within his own realm of increasingly insane trickery and even stranger terrain he remains entirely untouchable. Song was recruited to Adidas this past spring, while maintaining his connections to Matix Clothing and Tensor Trucks. Today, he continues to melt faces worldwide through his much-celebrated Instagram clips, between spending time with his son, running Almost and living in San Pedro.

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