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Tony Hawk has carved a career for himself as one of the most successful skateboarders of all time.
As one of the pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding, he was born in Carlsbad, California in 1968 and he began skateboarding professionally as a teenager. He soon made a name for himself and In 1999, he became the first person to pull off the two-and-a-half ‘900’ aerial spin.
He’s also appeared in 18 skateboarding games based on his image and career, beginning with Tony Hawk Pro Skater, and, after retiring from skating professionally in 2003, he set up The Skatepark Project, which builds skateparks for disadvantaged communities around the world.
As of 2022, Tony Hawk has an estimated net worth of $140 million (or £114 million), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
His massive earnings come from endorsements, appearance fees and competition wins as well as his business ventures. He began skating professionally in tournaments at the age of 14 and was so successful that by his final year of high school, he’d used the money he made to buy his first house.
Over the twenty years or so that Tony Hawk skated professionally, he won over 70 competitions and invented many of the moves that are now standard in the sport, including the gymnast plant, the ollie-to-Indy, the Saran wrap, and the frontside 540-rodeo flip.
Although he’s not pro anymore, Tony is still involved in the skating world, getting involved in charity projects, running his skateboarding company Birdhouse and encouraging people to get involved in the sport. He even has a bowl in his back garden and a private warehouse which features a 13.5ft vertical ramp and a street/flow course, where he works with the next generation of skaters.
Speaking about still being involved in the sport even though he doesn’t compete professionally, Tony has said: “I just love that I still get to be in the mix, that I get to participate. It’s such a fun window to be in, where I’m way older, but I’m still doing it. And then I get to skate with these guys who are truly pushing limits of what I thought was possible.”
He lives in San Diego, California with his family in a house complete with a skatepark, infinity pool, two living rooms and a home office full of the star’s many skating awards from over the years.
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