Rodney Mullen has seen it all. Besides inventing the entire platform of street skating as we know it, he’s lived through and witnessed every iteration thereof—from his days as a freestyle champ in the ’80s to modern day technical wizardry. And while he knows how to manipulate a plank of wood better than any other living being on the planet, he’s also got the uncanny ability to articulate what it means to be a skateboarder better than anyone else. We sat him down for a quick chat, and got his take on the essence of skateboarding. Rodney, we love you. You truly are something special. Congratulations on 10 years of Almost!