Innovator

Although Ruben was best known in his early days for his signature wild tailwhip variations (including double whips and 360 double whips), he wasn't afraid to look at street riding in new ways. Here, Ruben takes to the streets with another original line: 180 to backwards feeble grind to hard 180 out on a ledge in downtown Austin, Texas. Also of note is the fact that Ruben was one of the first riders to grind and ride up (instead of down) ledges and rails. At a 2000 contest in Florida, Ruben bunnyhopped up a rail on the course, rode it to the top and bunnyhop tailwhipped off. At the time, it was deemed impossible. But Ruben changed all that, and now it's a somewhat common move. (Photo by: Sandy Carson)