Anthony Frank Hawk (Tony Hawk) was born on May 12, 1968, San Diego – California, USA. Tony has forgotten more tricks than the total skills learned by most skateboarders in their career. He helped skateboarding enter the mainstream towards the end of the 20th century. His most prestigious achievement was an unearthing skateboarding holy grail where he became the only person to land successfully a 900. Tony has worked in helping many people establish skateboard parks. He founded the Tony Hawk foundation that has provided many grants and technical assistance for new parks, particularly in the low income areas.
As a kid, Tony was high-struck, quite intelligent and had a hyperactive combination once described by his mother as “Challenging.”
Aged nine, Tony received a skateboard from his elder brother, and this is the gift that defined his life.
He got his first sponsor, Dogtown Skateboarding at the age of 12.
At the age of 14, he became a professional skateboarder and by 16, he was competing at the world levels.
His 17-year professional career has been marked by more than 70 skateboarding contests he has won, inclusive of the 1995 and 1997 X-games Gold Medals.
At the early 1990s, Tony started the Birdhouse, a skateboard and accessories manufacturing company. Blitz, a products distributor company, was subsequently launched. The two companies became an instant success.
Tony pride being a father to three boys. Riley, the eldest son, was born from his first marriage with Cindy Dunbar. This marriage lasted for four years from 1990 – 1994.
His second marriage to Erin Lee was during the period 2001-2004. The two gave birth to Spencer and Keegan. They later divorced in 2004.
Tony married Lhotse Merriam in 2006, and they welcomed their first child together in 2008, a daughter named Kadence.
– August 2004 he won the first MTV Award – the Best Video Game Soundtrack.
– Tony won 6 gold medals for skateboarding in the ESPN X-Games.
– He has every gold medal for the Vert Doubles at the X-Games
– He entered 103 pro contests where he won 73 of them and placed second in 19 competitions.
Ranking the Tony Hawk Game Series
- Tony Hawk Ride/ Shred (2009/2010) – This game comes with a bit sloppy controls and you require some knowledge to operate it.
- Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam (2006)
Released in 2006, this is a series that games loves based on its open environments that encouraged wild explorations.
- Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (2004)
The underground 2 didn’t perform as expected in comparison with the underground 1. However, it included MTV characters such as Phil Margery and Bam. The game focused on juvenile humor and MTV personalities.
- Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground (2007)
This game is composed of hooks, humor and gimmicks and separates it from the rest of the series. The game incorporated a packing model with stringing combos and racking up scores.
- Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (2005)
This game was a hit. Load times were a non-issue and the actual skating gameplay proved to be quite enjoyable.
- Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (2006)
The project 8 stands out as the best current-gen Tony Hawk, due to its emphasis on gameplay and significantly improved graphics. It has lots of the latest unlockable characters.
- Tony Hawk’s Underground (2003)
In this game, the skating is solid as ever and has improved graphics and features. This game allowed on to send a digital picture to a dedicated website and download your face, and then use it into your custom skater.
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (2002)
The first three games of this series added crucial mechanics to the skating world. In this game, the gameplay improvements were limited and had minor abilities.
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1999)
It is the first game that started all the skateboarding play. There were numerous entertainment objectives and lots of fun due to its first launch.
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)
This game had more impact in the skating gameplay than any other mechanic in the series. The game gave players the possibilities of linking huge combos together and maintaining the balance between themselves.
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)
This is the series that began the run of new engaging gameplay mechanics with classic hit and miss. Manuals opened up many combo activities and allowed players to spin out of the ramps. This game stands out as the best game in the series.