Tony Hawk was nine-years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass
Bahne skateboard. By fourteen he’d turned pro, and by sixteen he was widely considered the best
skateboarder on earth. World Champion for 12 years in a row, Hawk continues to skate demos and exhibitions internationally, making him the most recognized action-sports figure in the world. In 1999, he teamed up with Activision to create the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game. His life would never be the same. In a stroke of good timing, at the X Games that same year, Tony became the first skateboarder to ever land a 900, the holy grail of vert skateboarding.
Today, his business skills have helped create a Tony Hawk brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, Hawk Clothing apparel company, Birdhouse Skateboards and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys. His speaking engagements draw huge crowds, inspiring everyone from media savvy millennials to corporate veterans. An intuitive marketer with social networking, Tony’s fan base numbers in the millions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Tony regularly appears on television and in films, and hosted a show on Sirius XM radio’s Faction channel for 14 years. His autobiography, HAWK—Occupation: Skateboarder, was a New York Times bestseller, and his book How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO, covers the business side of his career. Tony’s production company, 900 Films, continues its work in television, film and commercial video, and content production.
Tony is a role model for fans of all ages. He founded the Tony Hawk Foundation which has given away over $10 million to over 600 skatepark projects throughout the world. The foundation helps provide safe places to skate through the finance of public skateparks in low-income areas.