Skateboarding’s connection to music--specifically its namesake genre skate rock--runs as deep as the sport’s history. Early pool skating sessions were energized by Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath blasting from boom boxes, but now the sounds of skating are as varied as the actual styles people have on a board. Many pro skaters cut their teeth playing in punk bands, but punk was only a starting point on music’s map for others. Regardless of speed, volume, or delivery, music has been an outlet for skateboarders to create off the board. From trailblazing punk and hardcore to mixing genres and sounds, this is a list of 15 skaters who can communicate their style on the board and through sound.
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