Recently Paul Rodriguez joined hosts Chris Roberts and Roger Bagley on The Nine Club Podcast. P-Rod discussed the early years of his skating career with DNA Skateboards and City Stars and how longtime friend Dan Abadi is responsible for him getting on a skateboard as a kid. The conversation drifts to how Paul grew up skating with some of the best in the game. A valley crew that included Paul Rodriguez, Mikey Taylor, Kevin Spanky Long was destined for great things.
After City Stars fell apart, P-Rod moved on to his next board sponsor Girl Skateboards. At the time, Girl was the home of Paul’s idle, Eric Koston. Koston was out skating with P-Rod at Silmar High School when he approached Paul to join Girl, he would later also get Paul Rodriguez to join eS Shoes as well. Now many years later Koston and Paul Rodriguez are once again teammates on Nike SB.
Paul also tells Chris and Roger about being young with a little bit of money and buying a Mercedes and gold chains. Come 2005, Paul started to get hit up by Danny Way to join a resurrection of Plan B Skateboards. Danny offered P-Rod ownership in the new Plan B which sealed the deal. That was the easy part, the hard part was telling Rick Howard he would be leaving Girl. Paul recounts the story of how uncomfortable those conversations with Girl owners Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, and Megan Baltimore. Paul tells Chris things are cool, but he still feels a bit awkward when he sees Howard and Carroll around.
The trio also talks about Paul’s move to Nike from eS and how he is one of only four Nike athletes to have 10 signature shoes on Nike. The other three are Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant. By the way, that is an excellent trivia question. Most will get MJ, Lebron, and Kobe, but very few will get Paul Rodriguez. The move almost never happened though because Nike was not willing to give P-Rod a signature shoe and his pro model was about to drop on eS. Luckily for The Swoosh and Paul Nike decided to give Paul Rodriguez a pro model shoe.
The conversation later moves the Paul becoming involved in the business side of skateboarding with his brand Primitive. Originally a shoe and skateboarding boutique, Primitive has become an apparel and skateboard hard goods brand. The guys also go over the other business ventures of Paul Rodriguez including his ownership stake in St. Archers Brewery with long-time friend Mikey Taylor and the pairs latest venture Village Goods Coconut Water. Check out the whole Nine Club Podcast with Paul Rodriguez above.