Licata: You've taught your daughter Kadence Clover some tricks as well, even having a video of teaching her a drop-in go viral. She had to overcome her initial fear of falling. How do you know when to step back and let her or any of your kids do their thing while also managing your own concern for their safety? Hawk: Just through trial and error. She comes from me already having raised almost five children so I kind of know how to gauge it because I went through all the different styles and personalities and how to get them to overcome their own fears. So, through experience. Read more: Tony Hawk shared a really sweet video of his young daughter overcoming fear and nailing her first drop-in on the skateboard.
Licata: There have been a lot of projects you've taken on outside of skateboarding, but one of the main ones has been investing in the sport, especially with Birdhouse , where you really utilized your celebrity to form a brand. What has taking on the business side of things been like?
Hawk: I like it. It's a challenge. I like that I have the experience and I am still very much vetted in skateboarding so that I understand what works with a skate company and how to navigate team wishes and I enjoy it. It's always a new challenge. I never thought I'd be a businessman per se, but I learned a lot through trial and error and through the ups and downs of skateboarding.
Licata: Even at 51, you're still able to perform impressive tricks. You've had some difficult injuries along the way, including one that happened almost a decade ago when you fractured your pelvis.
How did those injuries reframe your mindset as someone with a family? Hawk: It makes you realize your mortality and what is the value of the risks you're taking.
I was definitely much more careless in my youth, and I paid the price through some big injuries so these days I've reached the comfort zone where I can still skate well, I can play the hits of the tricks that I'm known for, but not have to push the limits of risk and danger in order to be relevant. Licata: What would you like to see for skateboarding going forward? Hawk: More skateparks, more support for women in skating, and more countries getting into it. Licata: What advice would you give to the young skaters who are trying to make it to the Olympics and reach success in the sport?
Hawk: Learn to skate all types of terrain. Don't just focus on one type of thing or one type of trick if you're really trying to be a competitor. Also, keep challenging yourself. Even if you learn something new, that you never thought you'd be able to do, think about what's next. World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options. Search icon A magnifying glass. Since then, the series has spawned 18 titles so far, including ten main series titles, four spin-offs, and four repackages.
Hawk's role in the series was usurped by customizable player characters in later installments,  but he has remained a prominent character. In the fifth game in the series, Underground , he is a minor non-player character whom the player meets in Tampa, Florida and skates against. Impressed with the player's skills, Hawk grants them entry into a skate competition.
It offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the ride. In Six Flags cancelled its license and the rides were renamed to Pandemonium. In the welcome video, Hawk explained:.
Shows like, "Hand in Hand," which basically features different successful musicians and artists and people from all walks of life who have been inspired by skating In , Hawk was a featured skateboarder and skater-double for Josh Brolin in the movie Thrashin'. In , he appeared as a skateboarder in Gleaming the Cube.
In , he appeared in Neal H. Moritzs's and Christopher Gilcrest's film xXx playing the role of one of Xander Cage's stuntman friends, and later in the movie, a skateboarder at a party. In , he played himself in the Australian skateboarding movie Deck Dogz. He was also in Jackass 3D. Hawk also made a brief cameo appearance in Lords of Dogtown as an astronaut , where he is shown comically falling off the skateboard as he is a "rookie".
He voiced himself in the animated movie Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage , where he is kidnapped by circus freaks. He can be seen sitting in the bleachers during the crowd sweep near Dick Van Patten.
Hawk was a guest on the kid's show on Nickelodeon, Yo Gabba Gabba! In the episode, Hawk lends Homer a new board from his brand where complete rookies are able to perform at the top levels. He ends up having a comical play off with him after Homer begins to show him up. In , he played on Million Dollar Password. Hawk appeared on the internet cooking show Epic Meal Time on October 28, , to celebrate the show's one-year anniversary, where he can be seen in the final scene eating a deep-fried pizza cake.
Hawk reappeared on another Epic Meal Time video on July 20, , as a guest on the educational cooking show Handle It. Hawk assisted Harley Morenstein Sauce Boss in cooking egg rolls. He played himself in an episode of Rocket Power. Hawk appeared in the movie Parental Guidance as himself. In , he and Eric Koston appeared as reporters in an episode of The Aquabats! Super Show!
In February , New York magazine reported that Hawk was working with Jeremy Burge to help design Emojipedia 's skateboard emoji  after the company's initial design was criticized by Hawk as "a skateboard you would buy at a department store in the '80s. In December , Hawk was identified by Transworld Skateboarding magazine as the second most influential skateboarder of all time, after Mark Gonzales.
In January , professional skateboarder John Cardiel , identified by Transworld Skateboarding as the eleventh most influential skateboarder of all time, listed Hawk as one of his personal all-time skateboarding influences, alongside Gonzales, Christian Hosoi and Sacramento's skateboarders. Cardiel explained, " Tony Hawk's the best. And, he called my house when I was fifteen, and was, like, "Do you wanna do something with us? Yeah, Tony's the man, sure, he's the best. I was just, kinda like, "it's kinda touchy, you know what I mean, like? Tony's kid, he rides for Birdhouse.
But I look at it, like, I picture him on Baker, you know what I mean? So we just approached Tony, "Yeah, we wanna talk to Riley about maybe gettin' some Baker boards, or something like that. You guys talk to him, you know?
Hawk: Learn to skate all types of terrain. Retrieved June 21, I never thought I'd be a businessman per se, but I learned a lot through trial and error and through the ups and downs of skateboarding. Riley is also a member of the "Shep Dawgs" crew. You've lived through the stages of the sport being criticized and not as well received.
I know it's an ongoing process, you know? Tony quits to start Birdhouse; I quit to start Baker; my guys quit to start a new brand, you know? It's just an ongoing thing. Hawk's Twitter account has become known for his humorous anecdotes of people he meets who recognize his name but conclude that he's not the skateboarder Tony Hawk, or confuse him with another sportsperson. In April , Hawk married Cindy Dunbar, whom he began dating in high school. Hawk married Erin Lee in They have two sons, Spencer born March 26, and Keegan born July 18, Lee and Hawk divorced in As of May , the Hawk family home is located in Encinitas, California , where Riley Hawk was presented with his first signature model skateboard.
Hawk announced the news to his son, and the owner of Baker Skateboards , Andrew Reynolds , was also present.