He is still considered the best skater ever. Tony Hawk is the most famous master of a skateboard in the world. The American became a pro at the age of 14. Later, he became a student and was earning more money than the teachers who taught him at school. He came out of nowhere and shook the base of the skating world. While working as a professional skated, Hawk not only managed to reinvent himself completely but also changed the sport of skating. He built an empire that set standards for many of his successors. His companies earned up to $300 million a year, and this success made him one of the richest athletes in the world.

The First Global Superstar
The First Global Superstar

Little Tony discovered his passion for the board at the age of nine. Then he ventured onto a skateboard for the first time. The center of his training was the Skatepark Oasis in San Diego, and other skaters immediately recognized his talent. Tony participated in his first competition at the age of eleven, and the first supplier offered him a contract in less than a year. One year later, Tony was invited to join the boys of Stacy Peralta, and that was the gate to success.

Technology Instead of Power

One of his secrets to reach success was that he avoided well-worn skating trails. Because of his thin stature, he relied less on strength than on the right technique. That turned out to be an ideal move because Hawk bought his first house at the age of 17, but his father signed the contract. In the next few years, the prize money exploded, and Hawk had long since disappeared into its sphere. Nobody could keep up with him. The quick success demanded his price when he was only 19 years old he retired from skating for the first time. A few months later, a highly focused Tony Hawk returned and started building his own business. He founded the Birdhouse company with his partner and produced boards, clothing, and accessories. After a few difficult early years, he became increasingly interested in the mass media. The broadcasts of the competitions on sports television promoted the hype, and suddenly the sponsors struck him. The company became profitable, and everything went smoothly.

Technology Instead of Power
Technology Instead of Power

The First 900

He continued to set standards even in terms of sport. At the X-Games in San Francisco, Hawk made a leap that seemed impossible before. He was standing in the halfpipe with a 900. After numerous injuries and eleven attempts, the sensation was perfect. This unique leap also marked the last competition of Tony Hawk. Even today, only two other skaters have made this difficult leap. But the trendsetter was far from over. At the end of the millennium, his first video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was released. Hawk himself founded a foundation of charity that supports abandoned and poor kids to practice sport in a professional way.