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Speaker Tony Hawk, renowned in action sports, began skateboarding at nine and quickly ascended to professional status. Achieving a groundbreaking skateboarding feat with the 900, he later established a successful video game series and various entrepreneurial ventures. His philanthropic initiative, The Skatepark Project, has funded over 650 skateparks across the U.S.
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Speaker Tony Hawk, the most renowned figure in action sports, started his journey with skateboarding at the age of nine, thanks to a blue fiberglass Bahne skateboard gifted by his brother. By his mid-teens, he was a professional skateboarder and soon became the undisputed champion in the sport. He held the world champion title for over a decade and boasts 16 X Games medals.
In 1999, Tony achieved a skateboarding milestone by landing a 900, a feat previously deemed impossible. His partnership with Activision led to the creation of the blockbuster video game series, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. His entrepreneurial ventures extend to Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and a range of sports goods and toys bearing his signature. As a speaker, Tony captivates diverse audiences, from tech-savvy youth to experienced professionals.
In a historic moment for skateboarding, Tony joined NBC as a correspondent during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games when skateboarding made its Olympic debut. With a knack for digital engagement, he has amassed millions of followers across social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram.
Speaker Tony Hawk recently introduced a podcast, Hawk vs. Wolf, co-hosted with Jason Ellis. He penned the bestselling memoir, HAWK—Occupation: Skateboarder, and another book detailing his entrepreneurial journey titled, How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO.
In 2022, HBO premiered a documentary, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off, directed by the acclaimed Sam Jones, delving into Tony’s illustrious career and private life. Beyond skateboarding, Tony heads 900 Films, a production company. His philanthropic venture, The Skatepark Project (previously the Tony Hawk Foundation), has donated over $10M, facilitating the establishment of over 650 public skateparks across the U.S., benefiting millions annually.
Recognized for popularizing skateboarding, Tony Hawk achieved a pivotal feat with the 900 spin. Despite being in his 40s and a dad to four, he continues to resonate with the youth. Transitioning from skateboard stunts to corporate leadership, Tony helms an esteemed action sports brand, a clothing range, and a top-grossing video game series. His journey, from initiating a business from his car boot while staying genuine to his roots, has been commendable. With a profound bond with his audience and over 3 million social media followers, Hawk epitomizes the might of online presence. From creating a worldwide brand to community contributions, his narratives on leadership, resilience, and motivation can inspire diverse audiences, whether or not they're acquainted with skateboarding.
When unimaginable financial success comes from a passion like skateboarding, what do you do? You channel it back into the community and the sport that gave you so much. Join iconic skateboarder Tony Hawk as he delves into how his early days on the board and his skyrocketing fame led to the creation of the Tony Hawk Foundation, aimed at making a global impact.
Within the skateboarding realm, authenticity reigns supreme. How then does its most renowned figure navigate the delicate balance between staying true to oneself and the allure of commercialization?
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