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Tony Hawk Biography

Birth Name:
Anthony Frank Hawk
Birth Place:
Carlsbad, California, United States
Skateboarder, actor

Fast Facts

  • 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