If you’ve ever stepped on a skateboard, you no doubt know Tony Hawk – and know he is huge.
If you haven’t and don’t, you’re missing a wildly popular piece of Americana.
Skateboarding was born as the outlaw sport. Morphed over the years into “extreme sport”. Spawned a whole sub-culture – attitude, outlook, flying kids, fashion.
And Tony Hawk – skater, daredevil, hero, empire-builder – has been right at the heart of it. From spinning “900s” – i.e., 900 degrees, rolling in the sky – to spinning fortunes, dreams. The Michael Jordan of skateboarding.
This Hour, On Point: Tony Hawk.
Tony Hawk acquired his first board at age 9 and went pro by age 14. At the 1999 X Games he was the first skater ever to land a "900," a trick which involves completing two-and-a-half revolutions. Now retired from professional skateboarding, he's an athlete-entrepreneur, running a business empire complete with video games, Birdhouse Skateboards, and the charitable Tony Hawk Foundation. His new video game release is "Tony Hawk: Ride." See trailers and reviews at GameTrailers.com.
Watch Tony Hawk complete his "900," after eleven attempts, at the 1999 X Games in San Francisco:
Here's Tony and friends doing cool moves in a recent Birdhouse video:
This program aired on December 2, 2009.