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Tony Hawk

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Tony Hawk is a world famous skateboarder. My first choice is to study Tony Hawk because he amazes me by how hard it is to do so many tricks. I like him so much but I cannot do as many tricks as him. One interesting fact about Tony Hawk is he became a professional skateboarder at the age of 14.

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Listen to an Interview with Tony Hawk


     Can you do a “900” on a skateboard?  I bet you can’t, but Tony Hawk can.  He made this trick famous at the X Games.  He has made so many other tricks too!

            Anthony Frank Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego,      

California.  He has two sisters, one is a teacher and the other one is a singer and an artist. His mom and dad loved him.  He was a hyperactive and a challenging kid.  “I tortured a list of nannies and treated some better then others.  I treated my parent’s worse of all.” When he was nine, he received a skateboard from his brother and began skateboarding. Tony always thought about being a skateboarder.  He knew that was what he wanted to do when he grew up.

On his first competition, Tony was so nervous that he wiped out on his easiest tricks.   When he was 12, Dogtown Skateboards sponsored him. Tony Hawk became a professional skateboarder at the age of 14. By the age of 16, he was one of the top skateboarders in the world. 

     In 1980, Tony’s dad started the California Amateur Skateboarding League. When he was 13, he joined the Bones Brigade and then in 1983 the National Skateboarding Association was formed by Tony’s dad. He won more than 70 skateboarding contests.  He starred in his first X Game in 1995 and won a gold medal. He also appeared in a video and in 1986; he graduated from high school and starred in Mountain Dew commercials. Two years later, he went back to the X Games and won another gold medal.  He played a pizza boy in a movie in 1987. 

In 1990 he married Cindy Dunbar.  They had a son named Riley.  He later divorced Cindy in1994. In 1997 he got his own trading cards.  He produced his first video, “The End” in 1998.  In 1999 he lands the first “900” and makes history at the X Games.  He retired from skateboarding, but still gives demonstrations and makes up new tricks. 

     He met Erin Lee in 2001 and married her.  They had two sons, Spencer and Keegan.  Three years later he got divorced from Erin.

     Tony Hawk has a successful line of video games.  He also has skateboarding videos and extreme sports called Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam which he started in 2002.  He also hosts a weekly radio show program. 

     In 2006 he married Lhotse Merriam and they have a daughter.  Her name is Kadence.  She was born in 2008.

     Not only is he busy running his business, he also helps young kids. He creates more public skateboarding parks through his Foundation.  These are created in poor areas.  The Foundation holds special events too.




Stewart, Mark.  One Wild Ride.  Brookfield, Connecticut:  Twenty First Century Books, 2001.


Hawk, Tony.  Tony Hawk Professional Skateboarder  New York:  Harper/Collins, 2000.


Comments (6)

Hannah said

at 6:54 pm on May 25, 2010

Do you like to skateboard too Zack?

Joie said

at 1:47 pm on Jun 9, 2010

It would take a bunch of practice and time for you to do all of the tricks that Tony Hawk could do.

Joie said

at 3:40 pm on Jun 9, 2010

How many years has Tony Hawk Skateboarded for?

ChristiS said

at 2:18 pm on Jun 10, 2010

I can't belive he became a pro at age 14!!!! How long did he pratice to become a pro?

Casey said

at 11:00 am on Jun 14, 2010

your doing great!

Hannah said

at 7:29 pm on Jun 14, 2010

Do you like to skateboard too?

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