Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968.
Tony Hawk is one of the greatest American skateboarders in the history of the sport. He showed his first skills on a board at the age of nine. Since then he has persistently challenged the sport. He is known for the discovery of many tricks for aerial skateboard like Stalefish, Mc Hawk and Madonna. He invented and introduced over 80 other tricks. The most famous being the first skater in the record, which combines two and a half rotations or 900° in the air.
Tony Hawk’s mother was Nancy, professor of a college and father was Frank Hawk, U.S. Navy officer (retired). He is the youngest of one brother, Steve, and two sisters, Lenore and Patricia Tony. He has declared himself as the "coolest kid". He wrote that he was desperate, unfocused, and fond of becoming aloof from the crowd. He was 9 years old when one day his brother gave a start to his hidden skills, by giving him a fiberglass banana board, which is blue in color. He got married on April 1990 to Cindy Dunbar. But they got legally separated in 1993. Their son’s name is Hudson (Riley) Hawk, whose birthday is on December 6, 1992.He again tied his knot with Erin Lee from 1996 to 2004.
Spencer, born on 26 July 1999 and Keegan, born on 18 March 2001, are two sons from his second marriage. He married Lhotse Merriam on 12 January, 2005. The couple is currently expecting their first child, to be delivered in June 2008.
Some of the tricks invented by Tony Hawk are:
Air walk, Stale Fish, shuvit feeble grind, Gymnast Plant, Madonna, Frontside cab, Ollie 540, Frontside blunt, 720, Varial 720, The 900. All these tricks marked the upcoming level of his rise to fame, settling his status as a household name.He retired from competitive skateboarding after some time but is still skating and performing.
In 1994, the industry of skateboarding suffered a slowdown. The vertical skateboarding also became declined in popularity due to the hike of street skating. So, he ventured with ex-Powell Peralta pro Per Welinder in his Birdhouse Project, and it is presently popular as “Birdhouse Skateboards”.
Tony Hawk is also proprietor of his TV production and Film Company called 900 Film. He also started “Hawk Clothing”, including a footwear and apparel brand available majorly at Kohl's. He had also organised Boom Boom Huck Jam tour which was among the most mentionable sports tour and included sports like BMX, skateboarding, and Freestyle Motocross.
The tour covered USA in the year 2003, 2004, and 2005 it consists of the tour Six Flags parks across the country. He also released a popular series of video game on skateboarding; named his skateboarding or his Pro Skater during the year 1999. With the his license 10 games are released till today.His Proving Ground is among the current which was landed in the market with its own individuality in October 2007.
In the year 2000, he penned downs his autobiography with the help of Sean Mortimer. It was named as HAWK: Occupation: Skateboarder. It took place in 18 numbers in the list of New York Times bestseller. After his autobiography,he then jotted down his next book, named Between Boardslides and Burnout, which was a road journal.In March 2007, he produced his trendiest roller coaster which is named as his Big Spin. Tony also ventured one non-profit organization or NGO, famous as Tony Hawk Foundation
Its objective is to provide financial and other kind of assistance to underprivileged people in order to design a skateboard parks. Having started in 2002, the Foundation donated several million dollars in order to assist as a grant and assistance. He has founded another organization called Athletes for Hope during the month of April in 2007. It is a public charity that was launched on ABC's Good Morning America and ESPN.
It is comprised of eleven members who are philanthropic athletes namely:
Along with Jr. Athletes is for Hope for the establishment of liaison between athletes, businesses, and individuals, which are involved in community and charitable reasons.