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Rodney Smith

Photograph By Allen Ying

Rodney Smith is considered by most the Godfather of East Coast skateboarding. Shut Skateboards, founded by Smith in 1986, became the pivotal board company that moved the marker away from the surf vibe of California to the urban, street-savvy attitude reflecting the environment and ethos of the East Coast. Shut proved that skateboarding survived and thrived outside of California and the company helped introduce the world to some of its greatest skateboarders: Sean Sheffey, Barker Barrett, Mike Kepper, Coco Santiago, Felix Arguelles, Jeff Pang, Rick Ibaseta and more. And if that wasn't enough, Smith also founded the iconic NYC brand Zoo York. Skateboarding is forever indebted to Rodney Smith.