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Highest Paid Action Sports Athletes

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Have you ever wondered just how much your favorite action sports athletes are getting paid to “work”? I know I have. Thanks to Forbes Magazine we can all get a little insight into just how much these pros are raking in every year.

Action sports stars are starting to get noticed by a broader audience, and that has meant bigger paychecks, thanks to rich sponsorship deals.

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Topping the list, and not to anyone’s surprise, is Tony Hawk. Shaun White’s not far behind though and at the rate he’s going, it won’t be more than a couple years before he passes up Mr. Hawk.

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The list is rounded out as follows…

1. Tony Hawk – $12 mil/year
2. Shaun White – $9 mil/year
3. Ryan Sheckler – $5 mil/year
4. Travis Pastrana – $3 mil/year
4. Kelly Slater – $3 mil/year
6. Laird Hamilton – $2.5 mil/year
7. Paul Rodriquez – $2 mil/year
8. Danny Kass – $1 mil/year
8. Dave Mirra – $1 mil/year
8. Travis Rice – $1 mil/year

Excluded from the list are women athletes, not because Forbes is sexist, but they just don’t make the cutoff of earning $1mil or more per year. The highest paid females are estimated at making about $750,000 per year. Also notably missing from the list is Rob Dyrdek. His MTV shows, combined with his endorsements, are surely netting him at least a cool mil every year. Is there anyone else you can think of that is missing from the list?

Remember kids–if you want to grow up to be rich and successful, forget about spending 20 years in school to become a doctor or lawyer. Just drop out and build a vert ramp in your backyard.

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Photo Credit: Kevin Ou

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Danny Kass Special Edition Nike ZF-1 Snowboarding Boot

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Nike Snowboarding has released the Danny Kass special edition, double toungue, DK-YS ZF-1 snowboarding boot, along with a lightweight shell and graphic tees. Featuring the original, seventies inspired, art of Arbito.

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“This was my greatest achievement to date in boot technology. The double tongue feature is the best way to keep those pants off the ground. It was great working together with the Nike team putting together such an amazing piece. The pattern is of a seventies flash back inspired by the music of that generation. With the old and new we bring you a very limited piece to make you feel good!” – Danny Kass

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Surely there’s more to the boots than just keeping your pants off the ground- otherwise you could just pull them off the bottom of your ass and problem solved.

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Check out the videos too.

[Via: Snowboarder Mag]

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