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Skateboarder Tony Hawk This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Jeff H., Brooklyn, NY

     As a child, Tony Hawk was a self-described
nightmare. He was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him
his first skateboard.

At age 14 he turned pro, and by age 16 Tony Hawk was
the best skateboarder in the world. In the ensuing 17 years, Hawk has entered an
estimated 103 pro contests. He won 73 of them, and placed second in 19 - the best
record in skateboarding history. He retired from competition at age 31, but still
skates almost every day.

(text adapted from biography on

[Jeff] There are stereotypes about skateboarders,
like you have to be a punk and act a certain way. What are your feelings?

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3 comment(s)
I love Tony Hawk and I love Skateboarding
Apr. 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM • Report
I like this interview, especially how Tony supports female skating...I'm a girl and I skate. So what, it doesn't make a bog difference just like when a girl plays baketball or baseball...
Oct. 05, 2013 at 9:50 PM • Report
you really shoudn't talk like that, he is a world champion...unless ur name in on the news then don't bother being stuck up
Oct. 05, 2013 at 9:47 PM • Report