Skating Legend Tony Hawk Mesmerised By This “Awesome” Young Skateboarder

Published 10/07/2021, 1:14 PM EDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 19: Tony Hawk poses after a press conference at Bondi Icebergs ahead of Bowl-A-Rama at Bondi Beach on February 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


Skateboarding was one of the many new sports that made a debut at this year’s Summer Games held in Tokyo. Notably, a new generation of stars emerging in this sport left the audience awestruck with their skills. However, talking about this sport would be incomplete without mentioning renowned skateboarder Tony Hawk.

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53-year-old American, Tony Hawk is the pioneer of vertical skateboarding. In the year 1999, he successfully finished his video game, “900” and rose to fame. Based on his own nickname, he founded a skateboard company called ‘Birdhouse’. Notably, he also established the Tony Hawk Foundation, which works towards building skate parks in underprivileged areas of the world. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most influential personalities in the sport.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: American skateboarder Tony Hawk performs at the Sydney 500 Grand Finale on the Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit on December 3, 2010, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

What did Tony Hawk say to the young skater?

It’s always a delight to see more people taking up skateboarding as a career. Even though it is unconventional and completely new to the sporting industry, it has gained a huge amount of popularity in the last few years. Similarly, Tony observed a young skateboarder who grabbed his attention with his moves.

Andy Anderson is one of the fresh faces in the sport. In a recent interview, Tony Hawk had something to say about the youngster. He said, “He’s an awesome skater… he’s doing these tricks on ledges, and he does these impossibly hard combinations of tricks.”

“But the cool thing about seeing him was, at the end of his run, he was on top of the volcano (ramp) in the middle, and he was doing freestyle tricks. No other sport in the Olympics has someone goofing around, doing some old version of their sport, after their time is up,” Tony added.

Notably, the White Rock skateboarder qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, but unfortunately, the star injured his leg and eventually could not compete.

The face of the skateboarding community- Hawk

Being the face of the sport, Tony has gained a tremendous amount of credit and recognition for his hard work. His exciting video game, Pro Skater, earned him immense popularity, especially amongst the younger generation. Seeking inspiration from the skating icon, Andy Anderson also decided to pursue a career in the same line.

Becoming a pro in 2019, and with a following of about 400k people, he’s already on the road to gain a similar status as that of Tony Hawk.

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Let’s hope that the 25-year-old Canadian is able to make the most of next season and make his nation proud.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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