Activities Sports & Athletics Pro Skater Paul Rodriguez P-Rod Had Star Quality From the First Time He Hopped on a Board Share PINTEREST Email Print WireImage / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skateboarding Famous Skaters Basics Tutorials Gear Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Steve Cave Updated May 20, 2019 Paul Rodriguez looks as relaxed and comfortable on a skateboard as anyone could. He's consistent and almost never falls. On top of that, he's able to bust out with some incredible tricks. Rodriguez is one of those rare, gifted skaters who is obviously born to ride. Rodriguez skates anything he can find. In an interview with ESPN, P-Rod said it's not so much what he can do, but where he likes to do it. "My favorite things to skate are ledges, rails, stairs, pretty much anything you can skate." Personal Life P-Rod's father is the famous comedian Paul Rodriguez. At the age of 12, P-Rod's dad bought him his first skateboard for $30 (his dad said that it was one of the best investments he's ever made!). P-Rod got his first sponsor at age 14 and was a pro skater at 18. He's happy with his life and feels like he's already achieved his dream. P-Rod is a proud Christian and has a tattoo of Jesus on his arm. "God's not waiting for me to be perfect ..." he told ESPN. Nike Shoes As befitting a star in his sport, P-Rod has his own signature skate shoe by Nike. The Paul Rodriguez Nike SB shoes have Flywire and Air Zoom technology and come in many colors for men, women, and kids. P-Rod Fast Facts Nickname: P-Rod Gender: Male Hometown: Northridge, California Current residence: Los Angeles Date of Birth: Dec. 31, 1984 Occupation: Pro skater Began skating: 1996 Began competing: 1996 Turned pro: 2002 Favored discipline: Street/Park Stance: Goofy No.1 Sponsor: Nike Pets: A chihuahua named Uma Career Highlights 2002 -- TransWorld Skateboarding Rookie of the Year 2003 -- Appeared in the movie "Grind" 2004 - Became first pro skater sponsored by Nike (Nike P-Rod) 2004 - Won gold in X Games (Street) 2005 - Won first in FTC Flatground (Street Best Trick) 2005 - Took third in Dew Tour (Park) 2005 - Won gold in X Games (Street) Rodriguez Quote "My goal, my dream has already come true. Every kid's dream is to become a pro skater, you know? Not only have I become a pro skater, but to me personally, I ride for the best sponsors there are. That's even more than I ever expected ... I didn't skate to please everyone else. I started skating because I love to skate. You gotta watch out because there will come a point where you'll forget that." -- Skateboarder Magazine, September 2004.