A great man once said “As far as I’m concerned, progress peaked with frozen pizza.” I’m talking of course about John McClane from Die Hard, a man who really knew what it was to get your blood pumping, and sadly, he may have been right. However, in the world of action sports every so often there comes along an athlete who causes a fissure so powerful that we’re all forced to reevaluate how we perceive the sport. More often than not, these men aren’t seeking wealth or trophies, but it’s their competitive spirits and thirst for peer recognition that drives them to completely redefine the meaning of excellence in their fields. As fans of sport we count ourselves fortunate merely to catch a glimpse. These men may not be the greatest athletes the world has ever seen, but they’ve all managed to leave indelible marks in their fields and have changed the standards by which all athletes are evaluated. It would be impossible to weigh their achievements against each other, because each of these men have truly changed the face of action sports forever.