Tony Hawk is one of the best skateboarders and a person who has influenced many generations as a skateboarder..
He’s one of the most well-known athletes ever.
Hawk is always on top of his game whether he’s skating, or performing street tricks, or shredding the local skate park.
Today, Tony Hawk runs a skateboarding empire of apparel, equipment, merchandise, video games, and content.
However, business ventures didn’t stop him from pushing the limits of the sport.
Hawk believes the biggest lesson in life is the value of perseverance – to try something over and over and keep going and don’t quit.
It keeps the skateboarding spirit alive.
Discover some of Tony Hawk’s most interesting facts from his hyperactive childhood days to his later years.
- Tony Hawk was born in Carlsbad, Calif., on May 12, 1968;
- He has an older brother, Steve, and two sisters, Lenore and Pat.
- Tony’s parents raised their kids in San Diego, California;
- Hawk was nine when his brother Steve, who was a surfer and skater himself, gave him a Blue Bahne skateboard;
- Tony smashed into a fence when he first got his skateboard because he didn’t know how to turn;
- Hawk tells his father he doesn’t want to play baseball anymore after discovering skateboarding.
- The Smithsonian has Tony’s first Bahne skateboard.
- He starts skating as he learns to play the violin;
- Tony got his first Vans skateboard shoes at 10;
- When he was 12, he got his first sponsor, a skateboard from Dogtown;
- Tony Hawk went pro at 14; two years later, he was already thought of as the world’s best skateboarder;
- He was one of the original members of the Bones Brigade, which also includes Steve Caballero, Alan Gelfand, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Steve Rocco and Tommy Guerrero;
- Frank Hawk started the National Skateboard Association after seeing his son’s talent;
- Tony Hawk won 12 straight NSA World Championship titles. He won every NSA trophy from its inception to its disappearance in 1991.
- In 1989, as a professional skateboarder he made about $200,000.
- Hawk married his high school girlfriend Cindy Dunbar in April 1990.
- Tony Hawk has several tattoos on his arms and ankles.
- Tony Hawk’s most famous meme is “Racial War Murder”
- In 1992, after nearly declaring bankruptcy, Tony Hawk and Per Welinder launched the Birdhouse skateboard company
- Hawk and Dunbar got divorced in 1993.
- Hawk once broke his thumb, his skull and his pelvis in one fall.
- Tony has a daughter, Cadence Clover, from a relationship with Lhotse Meriam (2006-2011), and two sons, Spencer and Keegan, from his marriage to Erin Lee (1996-2004).
- Birdman is Tony Hawks’ most popular nickname.
- The California skater once said his three first marriages fizzled because of travel commitments and unbalanced priorities.
- Tony Hawk was awarded two gold medals in the X-Games in 1995 and 1997.
- On July 27, 1999 Bob Hawk became the first skateboarder to complete two and a half full air rotations at the X Games;
27. Tony Hawk’s title of choice: Dad;
- In September 1999, Tony Hawk launched Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (THPS), a multiplatform skateboarding game that became one of the most successful video game series of all time.
- Tony likes Skatepark Vans Off The Wall in Huntington Beach, California and Skatepark Linda Vista in San Diego;
- 900 Films was founded in 1999 by Hawk. They produced The RIDE Channel, one of the most popular skateboard channels on YouTube.
- Birdman sent a skateboard to The Clash, who decorated it, autographed it, and wrote the lyrics to London Calling. Hawk bought it back when he went to the auction;
- Tony Hawk won over 70 skateboarding competitions before he retired in 1999;
- Tony Hawk’s businesses include Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Eyewear, Hawk Clothing and other branded toys and sporting goods;
- Tony Hawk’s Encinitas house has a pool and a separate backyard bowl.
- The Birdman is a regular speaker at corporate conferences and technical summits.
- The Tony Hawk Foundation is a non-profit organization formed by the legendary skateboarder in 2002 to design and build quality, safe skate parks in low-income areas where young people and adults can participate in sports.
- On the same year, Tony Hawk devised an extreme sports tour called Boom Boom HuckJam, which consisted of skateboarding, BMX riding, and freestyle motocross.
- Tony Hawk’s craziest skateboarding moment was jumping between two buildings that were seven stories high to broadcast on MTV;
- Tony Hawk skateboarded in the Great Lobby of the White House for the Father’s Day celebration hosted by Barack Obama in June 2009.
- Tony Hawk says his least memorable moment was making a noose in a gorilla costume;
- Tony’s favourite person to mess with is Tom Brady;
- Exactly 17 years after landing the first 900, Tony Hawk performed the stunt at the age of 48;
- Tony Hawk always plays his own character because he knows his special moves and gets the highest scores;
- Tony Hawk was 52 when he landed at 720;
- The “900 to return to manual launch” action in Tony’s video game is the only one Tony can accomplish in real life.
- He is estimated to have a net worth of between $ 120-150 million.
- In 2020, the Tony Hawk Foundation became the Skatepark Project to better represent its mission. The Philanthropic Program has helped fund more than 900 facilities throughout the United States.
- Tony Hawk has more than 6.2 million followers on Facebook (@tonyhawk), more than 4.4 million on Twitter (@tonyhawk), more than 6.3 million on Instagram (@tonyhawk), and 1.2 million on TikTok (@tonyhawk).
- Tony Hawk is the only one to have competed in video games on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, etc.
- Tony Hawk campaigned for skateboarding to be included in the Olympic Games and met up with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland;