Tony Hawk

Personal Life

Personal Life

Tony Hawk started out skateboarding by going to his friend "Ryan Sheckler's" house. They always skateboarded by his house, and they would watch videos of other skaters watching how you would do the basics. 4 years later he went to a skateboard camp for the summer, and they got to do drills, and freestyles. Also, two days later Tony saw Ryan and they skated together every time they skated. They would make little competitions every time they skated.The track was in the forest and it was huge. The school was on a mountain so they had to ride a mega-ramp to get down. The track had little ramps and poles so they could grind, and do air-tricks.

How Tony started his career

How Tony started his career was that he was at a skate park, and Tony was just skating, and this guy from the "X Games came up to Tony and said, " you are pretty good for a kid, and Tony said thanks. The two had a long conversation about what the X Games will do to Tony. Tony finally agreed, and then the man handed Tony a flyer that said X Games auditions the it said the address, and its phone number.


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As a 17-year old high school senior, Tony’s annual income surpassed that of his teachers, mostly as a result of royalties from his primary sponsor, Powell Peralta skateboards. He was able to buy his first home before he graduated. Through the late ‘80s, he traveled the world, skating demos and contests. Then, in 1991, the sport of skateboarding died a quiet but sudden death. Tony’s income shrank drastically; times were so lean that he survived on a $5-a-day Taco Bell allowance.

But while many of his peers moved on to other, more traditional pursuits, Tony never gave up on the sport he loved. The next few years flew by in a blur of financial uncertainty. Confident that skating would rebound, Tony refinanced his first house and with a friend launched his own skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects. The first few years were rough: Birdhouse wasn’t making money, and Tony’s future was sketchy.

But, almost as abruptly as it died, skating’s popularity surged skyward, and the Hawk became the Phoenix. Birdhouse grew into one of the biggest and best-known skate companies in the world, and Tony signed a wide range of endorsement deals. In 1998, he and his family started a children’s skate clothing company called Hawk Clothing. A year later, skating rocketed to unprecedented heights, from which it has yet to descend. Tony’s career came with it; in fact, he provided much of the fuel.