Skateboarding legend Anthony Frank “Tony” Hawk was born May 12, 1968, in San Diego, California. He is considered one of the most successful and influential persons of modern vertical skateboarding and gained popularity for the invention of many aerial skateboard tricks such as Stalefish, Madonna, and McHawk among others. After the downfall of the skateboarding industry, Hawk started Birdhouse Projects, a skateboarding company, with Per Welinder, an ex-Powell Peralta professional. He is an entrepreneur as he owns a TV production company and a clothing line. In 2000, Hawk wrote an autobiography with Sean Mortimer and named it HAWK: Occupation: Skateboarder which became a New York Times bestseller. Two years later, he founded the Tony Hawk Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to assist low-income communities in the creation of well-designed skateboard parks. One of Hawk's latest projects include his participation as a celebrity driver in Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, a new reality series from ABC.
Tony Hawk appears as a celebrity driver in Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, a new reality series from ABC. Hawk is one of twelve celebrities racing it out stock car style with the Gillette Young Guns on the show. The six episode show is hosted by Kenny Mayne and Brad Daugherty.
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