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Tony Hawk. What happened to the main skateboarding star of the 90s?
If you don’t know Tony Hawke, you probably have never been interested in skateboarding. After all, it was with him that this sport gained the greatest popularity. Tony was the first in history to complete the 900 trick - two and a half turns in the air with a landing in the opposite direction. The cost of this trick, according to him, was a broken shoulder, more than 20 concussions and about 13 years of preparation. Hawke did it in 1999 at the age of 31, and then did it twice: at 43 and at 48!
Tony Hawk is ready to repeat tricks at 51
Now the legendary skateboarder is 51, and he is still masterly performing tricks and is not going to stop.
As you can see, there are absolutely no barriers for Hawk, and he is still honing his skills in any places that are not even intended for skateboarding. Is there a ramp nearby? Never mind, Tony will roll on the wall around the TV. Don't kill television ... just go around it - this is the caption for this video.
How did Tony Hawk become popular?
This dedication to his passion helped Tony Hawke build an empire and infect millions of people with skateboarding ... Its influence is difficult to overestimate. In the early 80s, when he was just starting to skate, this industry was very poorly developed. Nobody wanted to master skate, most of the children in the United States chose baseball, American football or basketball. Hawk, on the other hand, was not good at team games, it was difficult for him to join the company, so he spent his days riding on the ramp that his parents built for him in the backyard.
Gradually improving, at the age of 12, Tony is already got the first Dogtown Skateboards sponsor, and by the age of 16 he became one of the best skaters on the planet. Thanks to his talent and hard training, the athlete began performing at the professional level at the age of 14, and, having signed a solid contract with Power Peralta, was able to buy his first home even before leaving school.
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Hawke won one victory after another, his income grew. By the age of 25, he had taken part in 103 competitions and won 73 of them. This result has not yet been replicated by anyone. He became the world champion in vert 12 times in a row.-skateboarding.
All this time, Tony, along with his father Frank, who founded the US National Federation in 1983, tried with all his might to popularize skateboarding among young people, and a small boom did happen. But what started off so well soon went awry.
On the verge of bankruptcy
In the early 90s, skateboarding's popularity peaked, as did Hawke's earnings. Tony practically squandered all the money from his winnings and was close to bankruptcy. He had to live on $ 5 a day, which he received from TacoBell. However, the athlete returned to the competition with fresh ideas and was able to improve his position. He came up with over 30 new tricks and managed to restart his career.
In 1995, Tony Hawk took part in the first ever X-Games, which helped him light up and showcase your talents to a wider audience. By the end of the decade, there was a second skateboarding boom, which continues to this day.
After performing the 900 trick at the X-Games 1999 on the 12th attempt, Tony Hawk's influence and popularity increased so much that, together with Activision, he released the video game Tony Hawk`s Proskater for the Playstation, which became an instant bestseller. According to the stories of the skateboarder himself, many people believe that he does not exist in reality, and Tony Hawk is just a character in the game. By the way, the last part of it was released in 2015.
What else does a skateboarder do?
Tony Hawk is not only a first-class athlete, but also a successful businessman. In the late 90s, he and his family founded the skate companies Birdhouse and Hawk Clothing. In addition, he is the founder of the Boom Boom Huck Jam Tour, which organizes performances of the strongest skateboarders, BMX cyclists and freestyle riders in large arenas and amusement parks in the United States. At one time, Tony Hawk owned a Six Flag amusement park ride. Hawke's fortune, according to various estimates, is $ 120-140 million.
Tony does not forget to develop his favorite sport, which made him a superstar and millionaire. Thanks to his investment, more than 450 skateparks have been opened throughout the United States. His foundation is funding the construction of new public spaces in low-living areas and supporting young riders from all over the country. In total, the Tony Hawk Foundation has invested more than $ 3 million in the development of skateboarding.
In 2009, Barack Obama invited Tony to the White House to celebrate Father's Day. Since Hawke never leaves his skateboard, he decided, with the permission of the authorities, to ride around the foyer of the country's main government building and take a couple of photos.
Hawk still skates and does it at a very high level. You can scEvaluate his current skill.
Public attention to Tony is not fading. He was recently interviewed by VOGUE in which he answered 73 questions. It turns out that as a child, Hawke was thinking about a career as a musician, he could turn out to be an excellent violinist. However, when Hawke's music teacher asked Hawke to play a concert on the weekend, the guy turned a deaf ear and went skateboarding.
Skateboarding legend, successful businessman, father of 4 children, participant in many charity events, guy who does not part with skateboard even in the business class of an airplane, and is still an idol of youth - this is exactly how Tony Hawk appears before us at 51.