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Highlights of a live chat with skateboarder Tony Hawk
Famed skateboarder Tony Hawk brings his Birdhouse Left Coast Tour to the Jefferson Park Skatepark in Seattle on Thursday. Hawk answered questions from fans in a live chat Wednesday.
Famed skateboarder Tony Hawk brings his Birdhouse Left Coast Tour to the Jefferson Park Skatepark in Seattle on Thursday. Hawk answered questions from fans in a live Seattle Times chat Wednesday.
Q: What was the most impressive moment in your career?
A: I think most people consider the 900 at the X Games was the pinnacle of my career as a pro skater.
Q: A generation has grown up playing the Tony Hawk games. Did you play any video games when you were younger?
A: Yes, I started playing arcade games when they first arrived in my neighborhood — mostly Missile Command. And eventually I bought the home console.
Q: Have you ever felt like giving up?
A: No, even when I get injured I know my motivation is to get back out there and do it as soon as I can.
Q: Kickflip or boardslide?
A: Board slides were invented before I started skating and kick foots were invented around the time when I was already sponsored, so I'm going to go with board slides because it's more my route.
Q: Who was the best skater you have ever skated with?
A: I've always thought one of the most talented skaters was Eric Koston, and I think probably the most talented newcomer in terms of land skating is Mitchy Brusco.
Q: What's your favorite flatland trick to do, and favorite vert to do?
A: My favorite flatland trick is always ollie impossible, because it's still not a common trick for people. And my favorite vert trick is the 540 of any kind.
Q: What was or is your "I want to skate" inspiration?
A: My older brother was skating when I was young and a lot of my friends in my neighborhood were doing it, so that inspired me to try it. But the moment that I knew I wanted to do it full time is when I went to the skatepark and saw people literally flying around.
Q: Your favorite band?
A: The Clash.
Q: Wendy's or Burger King?
A: That's tricky. Well, my 4-year-old daughter loves frosties, so I will have to go with Wendy's.