Began his professional career at 14, joining the "Bones Brigade" team of Powell-Peralta Skateboards.
Became known as "Birdman" among fellow skateboarders for his high-flying tricks.
Established the skateboard company Birdhouse Projects in the early 1990s with fellow pro Per Welinder; founded Hawk Clothing, which manufactures clothes and skateboarding equipment and accessories, in 1998.
His first skateboarding game, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, released in 1999 on the Sony PlayStation, spawned a long-running series that spanned several gaming consoles.
Retired from pro skateboarding in 1999 after he pulled off the sport's first-ever "900," a trick that involves doing two-and-a-half rotations in midair. His pro record stood at 73 wins out of 103 competitions (he placed second in 19).
Released his autobiography, Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder, in 2000.
Established the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps build public skate parks in low-income communities, in 2002; co-founded Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization that encourages sports philanthropy, in 2007.