Rob Roskopp was something else. From his cartoonish surfer dude looks (though he was from Ohio) to his crazy hang-ten nose mannys and lauching over cars, you either loved the guy or hated him. But he was everywhere. And his bull's eye graphic series easily rivals any VCJ-fueled Powell skullfest as the most iconic of the decade. In fact, Rob's boards were so popular that they've gone onto overshadow his actual skating. Only in the 80's.
But by decade's close when Rob was finished cashing all those checks (at least temporarily), he caused quite the uproar in the industry by leaving skateboarding entirely to start biking. What is essentially a non-issue these days, Rob's forray into the world of two wheels was viewed as nothing short of treason and his name would be shunned amidst enraged cries of "kook!" forevermore. Too funny.