Tony Hawk’s birthday – May 12, 2022

Skateboarding sensation Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968, in San Diego, California. Hyperactive from a young age, everything changed when his brother gave him a skateboard to spend his time and energy on. Hawk became a star athlete when he was only 14, holding the National Skateboard Association title. Inventing creative and exciting new skateboard tricks is just the tip of the iceberg for Hawk: he is featured in multiple T.V. shows and movies, he has his own video game series, and he owns a clothing line. We owe this superstar a huge celebration on his birthday.

History of Tony Hawk

Anthony Frank Hawk, better known as Tony Hawk, grew up in San Diego, California. As a kid, he was very strict with himself; he signed up for as many activities as he could, and he didn’t tolerate failure well. His mom thought Hawk was hyperactive, so she had him do an IQ test. The results surprised everyone; young Hawk was quite a prodigy – he had an IQ of 144. When Hawk was nine, his older brother gave him a skateboard. Hawk used all his energy and tenacity in learning to use that skateboard; it would change his life forever. At age 14, he was already a professional skateboarder, holding the National Skateboard Association title; a title that he would hold for 12 consecutive years.

Hawk has his own video game series titled “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater,” launched in 1999. The game was a huge success; it brought a new wave of young skateboard fans that helped the sport come alive again. The video game has had ten main-series titles, four spin-offs, and four repackages since its launching. Hawk has been featured in several T.V. shows and movies; from “Police academy 4” to “CSI: Miami.” He even features in an episode of “The Simpsons.” Throughout his career, this living legend invented thousands of new skateboarding tricks. In 1999 he successfully completed the “900” — one of his most famous personal tricks.

Hawk has been married four times and is the father of four children – Riley, Spencer, Keegan, and Kadence Clover. He is currently married to Cathy Goodman; the couple got married in 2015 in Ireland. Hawk is a huge philanthropist. In 2002 he created the “Tony Hawk Foundation,” today known as “The Skatepark Project.” This foundation builds skateparks in underprivileged areas, giving young athletes access to healthy and safe sports spaces and activities.

Tony Hawk timeline

1977
He Gets His First Skateboard

His brother gives him his first skateboard.

1982
He Becomes a Professional Skateboarder

At age 14, Hawk receives the title from the National Skateboard Association.

1999
The 900

Hawk masters the “900” trick after trying it for over a decade.

1999
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

His video game series launches.

2002
Boom Boom HuckJam

Hawk starts a tour featuring freestyle motorcycles, skateboarders, and B.M.X. riders.

Tony Hawk FAQs

Is Tony Hawk still rich?

Yes, he is. He has a net worth of $140 million.

Is Tony Hawk the best skateboarder ever?

He is definitely one of the best skateboarders in the history of the sport!

How did Tony Hawk break his pelvis?

He had one of his worst injuries ever while performing a trick for the HBO show “Wildboyz.”

5 Surprising Facts

  1. His signature tricks

    Tony Hawk has developed 100 signature tricks in his 17-year-old career.

  2. He helped design the skateboard emoji

    After finding the skateboard emoji unacceptable, he worked with Jeremy Burge to design a new one.

  3. He skated in the White House

    In 2009 he was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House, where he skated for a few minutes in the halls of the Old Executive Office Building.

  4. He could have become a violinist

    As a kid, he played the violin and had to choose between it and skateboarding.

  5. He is scared of waves

    Hawk claims big waves scare him and he believes he wouldn’t make a good surfer.

Why We Love Tony Hawk

  1. His philanthropy work

    Hawk is the founder of “The Skateboard Project.” This foundation has created over 600 skateparks for children. In 2007, he joined other athletes to create the charity “Athletes for Hope.” The organization inspires people to volunteer in their communities and help young kids have access to sports.

  2. His perseverance

    His most famous trick, the “900,” not only took him 10 years to master, but he also had to endure several fractures and even lose a tooth until he got the trick right. We admire anyone that has that much dedication to their beliefs or dreams.

  3. He encourages people to pursue their passions

    In a podcast of 2018, Hawk told his fans to “do what you love.” He encourages people to follow their passions, even if they seem difficult or find bumps along the road. The skateboarder made a millionaire career out of a sport that was barely alive when he started performing it. Hawk is an inspiration to all young athletes and all dreamers out there.

Tony Hawk’s birthday dates

YearDateDay
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2023May 11Thursday
2024May 11Saturday
2025May 11Sunday
2026May 11Monday

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