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Paul Rodriguez III, aka P-Rod, a Child’s Skateboarding Hero

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Jordan Thomas with P-Rod, aka Paul Rodriguez III

P-Rod (as he is known to his fans) is a professional skateboarder. He is the son of Paul Rodriguez, Jr., the well-known Mexican-born, stand-up comedian/actor.

This 27-year-old distinguished talent is also a “hero” to many young skateboarding fans. And though he is the son of a famous Hollywood personality, he is still down-to-earth and totally approachable, as this young man proved on Thursday, October 18, 2012, (by invite-only) at Lake Cunningham Regional State Park, in San Jose, California, while filming a commercial.

To his credit to-date, P-Rod has won a total of six medals for his skateboarding abilities, four of them being gold. This year, 2012, P-Rod took part in AT&T’s skateboarding competition, and won. As the winner of the competition he would be featured in a promotional video.

P-Rod is known for being a very confident and consistent skateboarder, performing some really incredible moves. And he very rarely takes a spill to the ground. So this is the young man that my two grandsons model after, and were on “cloud 9” since receiving a personal invite to meet their “hero,” even though they are only ages 9 and 11 years-old, considered still too young to participate. The park had originally ruled to invite just a handful of skateboarders, and above 15 years of age, but made the exception for Jordan and Elijah, already hardworking, committed skateboarders.

According to my oldest grandson, Jordan (11-years-old), “P-Rod is my hero. He is an awesome skater. He’s worked hard, and did it all on his own.” And so Jordan’s mother believes him to be a great role model. P-Rod even made a comment, at the park, about how he and Jordan were wearing matching shirts, which is seen in the picture they posed for together.

When my youngest grandson, Elijah (9-years-old), boldly walked up to P-Rod and confidently asked if he, too, could have a picture taken with him, P-Rod answered, “Sure brother, let’s do it!” Elijah thinks him “a very cool guy!”

Another highlight of their afternoon was being asked to show off their skateboarding moves, which they did, and did manage to impress the onlookers. And when Jordan was asked if he could do a specific move that he’d actually never done before (though he neglected to tell them this), he nailed it like a pro!

Jordan and Elijah practice skateboarding almost every single day. And they head out to Cunningham Park at least a couple of days a week, spending a good 2-3 hours at a time under the watchful eyes of their mother and father. And, while practicing at Lake Cunningham Park, they have been thrilled to meet other skateboarding greats: Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, and Evelyn Abad. These people, too, are their role models and heroes.

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10 comments on Paul Rodriguez III, aka P-Rod, a Child’s Skateboarding Hero

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By Barbara MacDonald on January 29, 2013 at 03:26 pm

Very cool...my son was a total skateboard freak...lol...he actually prefered using that to going by car..and he got so fast on it , it was crazy...then came the ramps...which they would jump onto and "ride"...Tony Hawk was his idol at the time...he even had some Nintendo game of his...is wonderful that they are keeping action ...great ink Virginia...hugs thanks for bringing back some sweet memories to me too.

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By HomeRearedChef on January 29, 2013 at 03:54 pm

You tried skateboarding? Wow! You are indeed a brave woman, dear friend. I am NOT that brave. lol! And we also got them some ramps that we have here in our backyard. But my goodness, the things they can do... Incredibly daring! :)

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By Barbara MacDonald on January 29, 2013 at 04:17 pm

It is indeed...I was afraid my son would damage his,,,clears throat..."precious jewels" and he would not give me grand kids...I am a bit of an adventurer and quite literally loved being active with my children ...

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By HomeRearedChef on January 29, 2013 at 08:45 pm

By the way, Barbara, my daughter (the boys' mother) also got a skateboard. So she is trying to get the hang of it as well. LOL! Ai Dios mio!!!

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By Barbara MacDonald on January 30, 2013 at 03:41 pm

Good for her...I am sure her son will always remeber this and most likely tease her for years like my son did...it was so worth it just to see his face when his Mom tried his skateboard. :-)

Ai Dois mio...?? :-)

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By Barbara MacDonald on January 30, 2013 at 03:43 pm

Think I need to get out the learn Spanish Cd's I have from a man I dated from El Saladore...I took it in high school. put have forgotten most of it.

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By HomeRearedChef on January 30, 2013 at 03:50 pm

LOL! Actually, I misspelled a word there too: "Ai" should read "ay". So, "Ay Dios mio" says "oh, my God!" :)

And I bet you will probably remember lots in no time at all!

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By Barbara MacDonald on January 30, 2013 at 03:59 pm

I can still count in Spanish...lol...Yes I thought it meant that...translating is easier than speaking though. The Latin I took helps at times too with that...:-) is the site frozen, I submitted an article yesterday afternoon and have not seen any new things posted...

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By HomeRearedChef on January 30, 2013 at 05:11 pm

My last 2 or 3 posts have taken over 24 hours to show. Sigh!

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By Barbara MacDonald on January 30, 2013 at 05:18 pm

Yes...I submitted this one early yesterday afternoon...think a lot of people are writing which is good.

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