Tony Hawk. Have you read his book? You know you are one of the most influential professional action sports athletes in the world when you have your own book because, unlike the rest of the writing world, not any average Joe on the street can write a book about their life and have it sell.
Tony Hawk. The 900. The X Games gold medal after gold medal. The skate park tours. The movie appearances. TV appearances. The list goes on.
He has eight X Games gold medals, three silver and two bronze. He competed in vert and vert doubles and best trick on vert. He landed the 900 in a drawn out best trick contest. He was not going to win because he is allotted a certain amount of time or attempts to do it. That night, however, he wanted to land it as it would be the first and the crowd stuck with him every second. When he finally landed it, awestruck in the face, everybody went crazy and the great announcer Sal almost had a heart attack.
Tony owns and operates Birdhouse Skateboards and his son Riley rides for the company! He has been married three times. He has four children, three boys and a girl.
Tony Hawk is the guy CEO's of big time businesses know when you ask them about skateboarding. He is the guy the dudes at your local sandwich shop know when you ask them about skateboarding. He is that guy. He is skateboarding to most. That's the impact he has had on the sport.