Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk talks Olympics, skate culture, being a father, and influence on the sport

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk joined the Vans Park Series broadcast team in April 2019.

Regarded as one of the most influential skateboarders of all-time, Hawk not only impacted the sport with his tricks, but also with his business endeavors.
Hawk spoke to Business Insider about skateboarding coming to the Olympics, being a father, his business, and more.

Tony Hawk never left the world of skateboarding, but now he’ll be involved in a different way.

In April 2019, Hawk was announced as the official broadcast commentator of the 2019 Vans Park Series, the premier park terrain skateboarding tour in the world, alongside Chris Cote.

The series, founded in 2016, is dedicated to growing participation and promoting the culture of skateboarding.

The 51-year-old is arguably one of the most influential skateboarders of all-time, especially in vert skateboarding, and can still impress on a board.

He has also utilized his brand to take on business endeavors while being a father to four kids.

Hawk spoke to Business Insider to discuss the Vans Park Series, skateboarding making its Olympic debut, being a businessman and father, and more.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for length and clarity.

Alexandra Licata: The Vans Park Series is one of the largest competitions skaters will partake in before heading to the Olympics. How do you feel it helps them prepare for performing on a world stage?

Tony Hawk: I think the variety of courses, the international flavor and the number of international competitors that are a part of Vans Park Series is great preparation for something like the Olympics because nobody knows what the park is going to be like. So, if you’re well rounded, you can skate this park or you could skate the one in Sao Paulo or Montreal well, then you’re on your way to being ready for such a big event.

Licata: You were one of the first pioneers that made skateboarding as popular as it is and have been one of the most influential skaters to date. What does it mean to see the sport finally be in the spotlight of the Olympics?

Hawk: I think it’s long overdue and I think it’s going to be great to see the new generation of skaters be recognized on that level and to have that sort of opportunity that generations past never got. At the same time, I don’t think it’s the end-all to skateboarding’s popularity or to skateboarding’s journey.

If anything, it’s more that the Olympics needs this youth cool factor in their programming and they’re going to get it with skateboarding in the summer games the way that they got it with snowboarding in the winter games. To me, that’s what it’s all about.

Licata: In the conversations leading up to it being part of the games, you were a big proponent in the sport’s potential on a stage like the Olympics. What were some of your arguments on why it could be successful?

Hawk: Mostly because I think it’s more irreverent than all their other sports and there is a bigger youth …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Sports

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