2018 – Guy Mariano

2018 Inductees

Not many skateboarders have been in the public eye as long as Guy Mariano. Born in LA, he was a prodigy from the moment he stepped on a board. The Powell video “Ban This” introduced him to the world, alongside childhood friends Paulo Diaz, Rudy Johnson, and Gabriel Rodriguez. In 1991, still just 14, he cemented his legacy with a groundbreaking part in Blind Skateboards’ “Video Days,” set to the Jackson 5 hit “A, B, C” as an homage to another child star, Michael Jackson. Guy quickly became one of the foremost boundary-pushers in the nascent street skateboarding scene.

In 1996 Guy’s groundbreaking part at the end of Girl Skateboards’ “Mouse” proved he was not just a child prodigy. His mix of technical skating and style helped define street skateboarding for an entire generation.
For ten years after “Mouse,” Guy was mostly out of the public eye as he battled alcohol and drug addiction. This absence stirred intrigue and rumors, but in 2007 the prodigal son returned with a vengeance in Lakai’s “Fully Flared.”
Guy’s third decade in skateboarding has been his most productive yet. In 2012 he ended Girl’s “Pretty Sweet” with a switch 360 flip nosegrind down a handrail, a trick many thought impossible. His onslaught has continued in the social media age with a series of NBDs on Instagram. In 2015 he was added to the prestigious Nike Skateboarding team, and in 2017 he launched Numbers Skateboards with his friend Eric Koston.

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