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  • don't kick my board.

  • I'm so happy to be doing 73 questions with you.

  • Oh, thanks for including me.

  • Thanks for thanks for doing it.

  • So the first question just to get out of the way because the Internet is dying to know how many times this week have you been semi recognized or Miss recognized?

  • Tony Hawk?

  • Maybe three or four?

  • Okay.

  • And who have you been most recently?

  • Mistaken for, uh, let's see.

  • Kelly Slater, Lance Armstrong and the guy from the movie Ghost.

  • Patrick's lazy No, the guy that betrays him.

  • You do?

  • What's most common misconception about skaters?

  • I think they're lazy stoners and I can tell you it's the exact opposite.

  • To be a pro skater, you have to be disciplined.

  • You have to be determined and you have to work at it.

  • And how much you skate in these days?

  • Escaped almost every day.

  • And you been skating for how many years?

  • Full 41 years now.

  • And do you still have any early boards?

  • Ideo.

  • I have a couple special ones in here.

  • You want to see?

  • You want to see him?

  • Yes.

  • So how easily to skateboarding come to you?

  • I was not a natural.

  • It was actually something had to work out very much.

  • And do you remember what motivated you to start?

  • Yeah.

  • My older brother was a surfer and he was skating in the seventies, and some my friends in my neighborhood were skating, so I just picked it up with them.

  • What is your first memory of riding on a skateboard?

  • I remember riding down the alley and running into the fence and getting splinters in my hands and those of the boards right there.

  • Yeah.

  • Here.

  • My boards.

  • Uh, this is my very first professional skateboard model with my name on it.

  • And it's the actual one that I rode.

  • I gifted it to a friend of mine who was an amateur skater back then and recently.

  • He gifted it back to me, so I'm very thankful to have it.

  • This board was actually an auction item for a foundation.

  • I sent this board to surviving members of the Clash and they decorated it and they signed it and they wrote lyrics to London calling on it.

  • And when it went up for auction, I I was high as bitter because I couldn't let this go off course.

  • And then this is actually a replica of my very first skateboard, which I happen to hold onto and now sits in the Smithsonian.

  • That is so cool.

  • Smithsonian.

  • Yeah.

  • All right.

  • Back to your childhood, though.

  • How did your parents feel?

  • As you started spending more and more time in the skate park, they were surprisingly supportive.

  • Most of my friends parents did not want them skating, so I felt very lucky, Right?

  • Do you have to be young to be a skater?

  • It helps with resilience and balance in the beginning, but I don't think so.

  • I feel like you can start a slow as you want.

  • There are plenty of facilities around this.

  • Try if you're older right now, what would you say is the moment your career completely changed?

  • Uh, when our first video game was released, things changed dramatically.

  • I got a lot more opportunity.

  • I didn't have to compete to make a living at skating.

  • The recognition factor was was immense and really tipped the scales for skating in terms of general popularity.

  • It did.

  • And you're being interviewed by a huge fan of these games.

  • Thanks.

  • Uh, but have to ask you.

  • Do you choose yourself as your avatar when you're playing your games?

  • Are you asking if I play with myself?

  • No, no, I didn't.

  • Yes, I play as my character in th PS Siri's because inevitably, I know all my special moves.

  • And that's how I get the highest scores.

  • Because if you have your own video game, people want to challenge you at it, right?

  • And so playing is your own character is more appropriate cheap mood a little bit?

  • What's a trick that video game Tony can do that real life.

  • Tony cannot, uh, the seed 900 to revert to manual to kick flip McTwist on the next wall, not trying at any time.

  • Never, Who's most exciting person that game with you.

  • I play video games with Bruce Willis at a charity event while back, and he and I went head to head camera.

  • Which game?

  • But I want now on a scale of 1 to 10.

  • How would you rate your videogame skills?

  • Uh, I'm about an eight on my game, Siri's, And maybe on any Mario game that I play with my daughter, uh, any of the new games.

  • I'm not, you know, the shooter's Forget it, right?

  • I heard that you gave up violin to become a skater's.

  • This is true.

  • I was playing violin at the same time when I first started skating, and my music teacher at school wanted me to do all these school concerts on the weekends.

  • But I was off in Florida at skate events, and so he told me that I had to choose one of the other.

  • I think you made the right choice.

  • Do you wanna go outside?

  • Yeah, I love it.

  • So, Tony, what is your biggest pet peeve?

  • Oh wow.

  • I travel extensively.

  • And when people crowd the baggage carousel for their bags and drives me crazy like this all stand back.

  • Wait till we see our bags.

  • What's the best birthday party you've ever had?

  • My 50th was a treat.

  • My wife surprised me.

  • We had Mark Mothersbaugh saying, Happy birthday to me on stage John Doe next scene from the Band X played a few songs, and the band pop tone also played.

  • Now, when you fly, do you check your boards or do you care of them on?

  • I carry them on, if possible, but there are a few key international airports where you cannot carry skateboards, including London, Heathrow and Sydney's.

  • So, um, I have to check him in, Unfortunately, and who do we have here?

  • Oh, here's my daughter.

  • Hey, she also likes to spin so best skatepark in the United States.

  • What is it?

  • I really like the Linda Vista Skate Park here in San Diego.

  • It's brand new and has a little bit of everything.

  • And it's got a lot of variety and terrain, right?

  • And you're a trainee skater.

  • Is that correct?

  • I am a transition skater, Yes, What does that mean?

  • It means my expertise is in ramps with the Radius.

  • Because I grew up skating backyard pools.

  • That's what pools were.

  • You know, there's emulate waves, and I just learned how to skate half pipes much better than anything else.

  • Escaped feels like its own language.

  • Obviously, you got laser flips, eggplants, bod, burials, jealous husband sounds so cool sending all these words.

  • But where do all these names come from?

  • The general rule was, if you created a trick, you get to name it and anything goes, and there's no rules in skateboarding, so we have some ridiculous names right now.

  • Can you tell me something in skate language and see if I could decipher it.

  • Okay.

  • Uh, the other day I tried to do switch, kick, flip toe frontside hurricane down a six stare and ended up lending dark side and credit card ing on the bottom.

  • Right.

  • Okay.

  • So that means that you were rolling.

  • You broke a bone, and then you found out you have bad credit score.

  • Yeah.

  • Not really broke a bond.

  • Let's just say that my skateboard landed in the most uncomfortable place.

  • Okay.

  • What?

  • What is the craziest thing you've ever done on a skateboard?

  • I jump between 27 storey buildings in downtown Los Angeles for an MTV show.

  • Tony, I'm still here.

  • What's the hardest part of any trick?

  • The hardest part of any trick is committing to the landing.

  • It's There are all kinds of elements to a trick, and you can have all those pieces.

  • But when the time comes, the moment of truth is, if you're really gonna make it, what tricks have you invented?

  • Ah, Phew.

  • I'd say the most popular ones are stale fish.

  • Madonna.

  • 7 20 All the 5 40 kick.

  • Flip mctwist.

  • The ingenuity in this name design blowed away.

  • So how long did it take you to train to land?

  • The 900?

  • I tried nine hundreds on and off for about 10 years before I finally made one.

  • Incredible.

  • And have you seen anyone?

  • Land 10 80?

  • I have.

  • I've seen two people land 10 eighties.

  • They're much younger than me, and they did it on a much bigger ramp.

  • But it's very impressive.

  • What's a trick that you're trying to master today?

  • The most recent trick I've been trying is an alley front side lip slide into a backside Smith grind.

  • I still have no idea.

  • I don't expect you to.

  • Do you have any pre competition superstitions?

  • I don't really have superstitions.

  • I have more of an O.

  • C.

  • D.

  • The way that I put my gear on.

  • It's always left first, but I've just been doing that since I was a kid.

  • Why stop now?

  • What's most memorable injury.

  • I broke my pelvis, uh, fracture my skull and broke my thumb all in one fell swoop.

  • How do you talk yourself back onto the board after going through something like that?

  • That was the hardest thing to come back from a lot of things I took for granted I would come back to.