Tony Hawk was born in San Diego, California on May 12, 1968. His passion and love of skateboarding began at nine years old, when his brother gave him his first skateboard. Tony not only found skateboarding to be fun, but also, he found it to be very therapeutic.
He founded both the California Amateur Skateboard League and the National Skateboard Association. Tony worked extremely hard at perfecting his sport. His constant dedication and persistent nature helped him to become successful.
At the age of twelve, Dogtown skateboards sponsored him and at the age of fourteen, he became a professional. Over the years, he signed major endorsement deals with companies such as: Jeep, Sirius Satellite Radio, and Adio shoes.In addition to being a skateboard legend, Tony is a true entrepreneur.
He founded the skateboard company, Birdhouse; he started the children’s clothing company, Hawk Clothing; and he and Activision made the PlayStation games, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, and Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground.
By the age of 19, he had already owned two houses.
Tony refers to himself as a ‘computer geek’.