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Tony Hawk

Masters The Mctwist

The McTwist is one-and-a-half rotations on a skateboard with a flip in the middle. A skater rides up a vert ramp, grabs his board, launches into the air, spins and flips around until he is headed facing back down the ramp. Hawk admitted it was one of the toughest to learn, but mastered the McTwist in 1983. He used the stunt to take first place at the St. Petersburg Pro Am that year. At the end of 1983, when all the contest results were calculated, Hawk turned up as the NSA's first world champion. He was the NSA's vert champion for each of its twelve years in existence.

Hawk mastered "720s," two full mid-air spins, while training in Sweden in 1985. The second Bones Brigade video, Future Primitive, captured Hawk at his best, landing tricks—with names like Airwalk, Switcheroo, and Saran Wrap—that he had yet to try in competition. Still a teen, he was one of the most popular skaters in the world, and became famous after starring in a Mountain Dew commercial. The video was a huge seller and Hawk began earning about $7,000 a month. He bought his first house before graduating high school.

By 1987, skateboarding's popularity had skyrocketed, and Hawk was making large sums of money. But he was also beginning to feel pressured to maintain his winning streak. Burned out at age nineteen, Hawk retired from skateboarding. He soon missed competition, and returned before the year was through. He married Cindy Dunbar in April 1990. They had their first child, Hudson Riley, in 1992, and divorced in 1994.


1968 Born May 12 in San Diego, California
1980 Father, Frank Hawk, forms California Amateur Skateboard League
1980 Is sponsored by Dogtown skateboards
1980 Joins Bones Brigade team
1982 Turns pro
1983 Frank Hawk forms National Skateboarding Association
1983 Appears in Bones Brigade Video Show video
1984 Is considered best skateboarder in the world
1985 Appears in Future Primitive video
1986 Buys first home, appears in Mountain Dew commercial, and graduates high school
1987 Appears in The Search for Animal Chin video
1987 Plays a pizza boy in Gleaming the Cube
1988 Retires from skateboarding but returns to competition
1988 Appears in Public Domain video
1989 Appears in Ban This video
1990 Marries Cindy Dunbar
1992 First son, Hudson, is born; starts Birdhouse Projects
1994 Divorces Cindy Dunbar
1995 Skates in first X Games
1996 Marries second wife, Erin
1997 Is honored with his own Sports Illustrated for Kids trading card
1998 Produces first video, The End
1998 Launches Hawk Clothing
1999 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game debuts
1999 Second son, Spencer, is born
1999 Stops competing after landing the first-ever "900" at the X Games
2000 Autobiography, Hawk-Occupation: Skateboarder is published, becomes a New York Times bestseller
2001 Third son, Keegan, is born

Awards and Accomplishments

1980 Second place overall, ASPO Series (Amateur, 12 and under)
1982 Third place, World Challenge (Professional)
1983-95 Vert champion, National Skateboarding Association
1995 First place, vert competition, second place, street competition, X Games
1996 Second place, vert competition, X Games
1997 First place, vert and doubles vert competitions, X Games
1998 Third place, vert competition, first place, doubles vert competition, X Games
1999 Third place, vert competition, first place, best trick and doubles vert competitions, X Games

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