Tony Hawk
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"Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk", nicknamed "The Birdman", is an American former professional skateboarding/skateboarder and actor. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 (skateboarding)/900 and for his licensed Tony Hawk (series)/video game titles, distributed by Activision. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern Vert skateboarding/vertical skateboarding.

In 2002, he created the "Boom Boom HuckJam", an extreme sports exhibition and tour that was launched in Las Vegas Valley/Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films, other media, and his own series of video games. He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skateparks in underprivileged areas. In 2014, Hawk was labeled as one of the 'Most influential skateboarders of all-time' by FoxWeekly.

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I love snowboarding, but I would never want to do it competitively or at a professional level. Snowboarding is a spawn of skating, and skating is my passion.

That's awesome. Aside from being a really positive outlet for kids who are going to skate whether there's a park or not, it's a breeding ground. It helps our sport grow.

Some of the spins he has learned on his skateboard had never been done before, because we, as skaters, didn't have a frame of reference to try them for the first time. For instance, nobody had attempted a 1080 in skating until Shaun tried it last year. He wasn't scared because he's done it plenty of times in the snow.

I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport.

These sports are just -- you go do it, and you're doing it on your own. You don't have to answer to anyone.

He's never been afraid to try things higher and higher, even when he was young and dwarfed by the size of the ramps.

He is a sports superstar with his feet firmly planted in reality.

If you do not online-enable a game, it could kill you.

I love the fact that there is now a skate park in almost every city, but it will always have a rebellious/underground edge to it because it is based on individuality.