Tony Hawk
Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk (born May 12, 1968), nicknamed "The Birdman" is an American
United States
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 retired professional skateboarder
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 and actor
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. Hawk gained significant fame for completing the first 900
900 (skateboarding trick)
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 as well as his licensed video game titles distributed by Activision
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. He is widely considered one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding
Vert skateboarding
Vert skateboarding is a term used to refer to riding a skateboard on a vertical ramp that is a larger version of a halfpipe. Many people use vert ramps in trick skateboarding as well as vert skateboarding...


Raised in San Diego, CA, Hawk was described as being "hyperactive" as a child.