Tony Hawk: Professional Skateboarder

Tony Hawk: Professional Skateboarder

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by Tony Hawk
     
 

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In this young adult autobiography, Tony Hawk shares the stories from his life that have helped him become a skateboarding hero.

Hawk speaks of being a super-competitive 'demon' child who found peace while on a skateboard. Classmates teased him because of his interest in an 'uncool' sport. Instead of retaliating with violence, he practiced even more. With his

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In this young adult autobiography, Tony Hawk shares the stories from his life that have helped him become a skateboarding hero.

Hawk speaks of being a super-competitive 'demon' child who found peace while on a skateboard. Classmates teased him because of his interest in an 'uncool' sport. Instead of retaliating with violence, he practiced even more. With his story, he will inspire a younger generation of fans to stand up for what they believe in and follow their dreams.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Tony Hawk is a matter-of-fact book that includes all the details of Hawk's rise to fame, from the early days when skateboarding was uncool, through countless hours of practice, and finally to professional success. The book is made readable by Hawk's accounts of his difficulties at school, his feelings of being an outsider as he was growing up, and his love and admiration for his father, who died in 1995. For those who really want to emulate the man, Hawk provides an appendix of his "top tens," including "Ten Hardest Tricks to Learn," "Ten Favorite CDs," and "Ten Favorite Types of Food." Although the photos are black and white, they complement the text. An attractive design adds to the cool factor. This title will be an excellent choice for otherwise reluctant readers. Photos. Appendix. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Regan/HarperCollins, 176p,
— Alison Kastner
Nylon
“The legend spills all.”
Wall Street Journal
“All the raw tales that you might expect from a veteran skateboarder.”
Bob Burnquist
“An inside look at the molding of a great role model—there’s so much more than just the 900!”

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ISBN-13:
9780062004475
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/05/2010
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Format:
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Pages:
176
Sales rank:
279,182
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18 MB
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Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

Maniac Kid

I was an accident. My mom laughs and shakes her head no whenever I say that, but it's the truth. She prefers to say I was a surprise. My parents, who were both in their forties when I came along, thought they'd finished raising kids. When my mom had me, she was in the middle of completing her college education and my dad worked as a salesman. My oldest sister, Lenore, was off at college, my other sister, Patricia, had just graduated from high school, and Steve, my brother, was twelve years old when I, the screaming baby wrapped in a blue blanket, came home.

I was an absolute nightmare for the first decade of my life. I began committing offenses when I was still in my crib and barely able to walk, but I never felt anything but love from my family.

Because my dad worked full-time and my mom was at school, they hired an elderly, sweet nanny to watch me. I knew she loved me, but I didn't like the fact that she had control over when I ate, slept, and played. One of my earliest memories is of trying to score a direct hit on her using any toy within my hand's reach. I'd often wake up in my crib just in time to spot her peering in on me. Whenever I saw her head of willowy white, I'd grab the nearest toy and launch it at her. I rarely succeeded in hitting her, but my trying was enough to make her quit.

I tortured a list of nannies and treated some better than others. But I treated my parents worst of all. My mom has dozens of embarrassing stories of me and my spastic temper. Once, when she told me I was old enough to sleep in my own bed, in my own room, I thought differently and decided to take matters into my ownhands. When I thought my parents were asleep, I began the first stage of my special operations mission. I got on my hands and knees and crawled below my parents' line of sight, or so I thought. I slinked down the hallway like a worm. Slowly and somewhat quietly, I pushed open the door to their room. Staying low, I silently crept to the edge of the bed, ready to crawl up quietly and sneak in under the covers. When I looked up to start my climb, Mom was there staring me down. I shook my fists at her, knowing my plan had been foiled. As I crawled back to my room, I swore in my mind to extract revenge at a later date.

Another time soon after, my parents sent me to bed early -- probably so that they could get some well-deserved, relaxing time to themselves. I was so annoyed that I had to go to sleep while they were still up having fun, that I yanked all the sheets, pillows, and blankets off my bed. Carrying everything down the hall, I sat on the stairs and one by one threw everything at them. A shower of bedding rained down on them while they watched TV and just pretended not to notice.

My parents had to stop having guests over, because they couldn't predict how I would act. One time when I was about five years old, they thought I'd mellowed enough to invite some friends over. I ended up crawling on the table and upsetting the place settings, not to mention my parents. Needless to say, after that they didn't have any guests over for years.

No matter what I did, my parents still showered me with love. They were incapable of being disappointed with me. One of my parents' friends summed it up best when she told my mom she thought I was spoiled rotten.

"He's not spoiled rotten," my mom replied, "he's loved."

"Well, then he's loved rotten," the friend said.

The Great Escape

From the time I was two, I knew I had my parents wrapped around my finger. There weren't a lot of problems I couldn't solve with a massive temper tantrum. After a while, my parents always caved in to my demands. Naturally, I thought the whole world would be as easy to manipulate.

Cold hard reality smacked me in the face moments after my dad dropped me off at Christopher Robin Preschool. I was three and short for my age. I stared up at the tall chain-link fences that surrounded the school. They seemed as high as skyscrapers -- impossible to climb over to escape. I couldn't believe my parents would leave me in such a horrible place! The first day was the worst of my young life. Every day we had to run through a fire drill. We'd file outside and silently wait for instructions from the teachers. At lunchtime we were forced to sit with our head in our hands and keep silent for a minute before we ate. At that point, I don't think I'd ever maintained a full minute of silence.

The absolute worst torture the school inflicted on me was the forced nap time. I was hyper, to say the least, and I had to be running around, tapping my feet, or deeply involved in an activity or else I went bananas from boredom. I still have nightmares about trying to stay still on my sleep mat, squeezing my eyes shut as the teacher walked around checking on us. I never once fell asleep.

My terror of preschool became so great that one time my sister Lenore visited me at school and I grabbed her leg like a drowning person and wouldn't let go. I had to be pried off.

I knew I needed to get away from there, so after a few months I became obsessed with escaping. I devised a plan. I would cry. It wasn't rocket science or anything, but it worked with my parents, so I figured it would work with my teachers, too.

Tony Hawk. Copyright © by Tony Hawk. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

What People are saying about this

Bob Burnquist
“An inside look at the molding of a great role model—there’s so much more than just the 900!”

Meet the Author

Tony Hawk is the bestselling author of Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder. In the 1999 X Games, Tony landed the first 900 degree arial turn in skateboarding history. A stunt he had been working on for years. He has released three video games for playstation: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. He lives in Carlsbad, California, with his wife and three children.

Sean Mortimer was the editor of Skate -- boarder magazine and coauthored Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder with Tony Hawk. He lives in Oceanside, California, with his wife and son.

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chloefox More than 1 year ago
This book is a biography about Tony Hawk by Tony Hawk. The book is good for kids ages 9 to 12. He writes about growing up and making decisions about his career. He starts off as a surprise. His parents weren't expecting another kid. He was not like his brothers and sisters.His brothers and sisters were very calm and level-headed. He was a total spaz. He was the "King Kong of tantrams," It was part of his diet. His mom let him get his our shopping cart and put whatever he wanted in there. He also had a competitive edge. When he and his mom were playing tennis, he kept pelting her with tennis balls. She would serve it over the net and he would charge forward load up his arm like a slingshot. Then release. When he went preschool is was a sad day for little Tony. He knew he had to get out of there. He would put his fingers in the fence, close it and start balling his head off. He would go crazy. He did it everyday. Until, his dad and the teachers had a talk. He wouldn't go back to Christpher Robin Preschool ever again. His dad thought it was funny. When he finally started elementary school, he couldn't concentrate. He fidgeted with pencils. His mom couldn't understand why. So she had him take an IQ test and he scored 144. His parents had a chance put him in advanced classes. He went to the advanced classes. He saw if you weren't paying attention the teacher would hit you in the head with a reem of paper. He got so scared he went back to the other classes. When his brother,Steve went to college, Tony wasn't happy. He and his brother were bffs. He'd let Tony hang out with his friends. He would visit once a month. They got bored one afternoon. Then Steve pulled out a blue fiber glass skateboard. Steve was a surfer so he skated from time to time. They went to an alley with no cars and Tony rode it. He kept crashing. He complained to his brother that he couldn't turn Steve showed him how to avoid things. He liked it, but it wasn't something he craved. Every other week, he pulled out the skateboard and cruised in the alley. He skated more and more. Six months later, he skated a few times a week. Some kids in the neighborhood skated. Once he started skating more. He begged and pleaded with his parents to let him go to the local skatepark Oasis. They didn't have the money to get a park membership.So his dad built him a slant ramp. His parent loved encouraging him. They saw that he enjoyed skating so much that they bought him a new board. For the first time a neighborhood kid asked him if he wanted to go to Oasis with him and his friends. He begged and pleaded his mom and dad and said his life would be horrible if they didn't let him go. After a day of that they let him go. His first time at Oasis was so great he had to take it all in. He was very happy to be at Oasis. He went to the beginner bowl. He practiced all day. On the way back something had changed in him. He was hooked on skating. He got so good that he got sponsored at age fourteen. He has done a lot with his career as a skateboarder. He started his own company that makes skateboard equipment and gear. This is a very inspirational book. It shows you how to follow your dreams. Anyone who likes Tony Hawk will love this book. Read this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a decent book, in my opinion, for a few reasons. The first being it gives someone who does not skateboard a deeper understanding of skateboarding, not only that, but it shows the things it can do for a person and the places it can take you. I personally liked how it gave background information about Tony Hawk and his life of skateboarding. I think that this book is for anyone interested in skateboarding or for anyone who is looking to get a little background information if they are looking to start skateboarding. The theme that stood out to me was never give up and that hard work pays off which makes this book a good motivator for people. One should not read this book if they have no interest in skateboarding. It is debatable if this book should be made into a movie only because Tony Hawk is already so well known and a lot of people already know his story so I do not think it should be made into a movie, but it could be. Overall I would rate this book at about a three due to the detail and all the information about Tony Hawk’s life. However this book would not be useful for a school curriculum unless the school is studying skateboarding. I would strongly suggest reading the book if you are looking for some good information about skateboarding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tony Hawk is a decent book in my opinion for a few reasons. The first being it gives someone who does not skateboard a deeper and more thoughtful understanding of skateboarding, not only that but it shows the things it can do for a person and the places it can take you. I personally liked how it gave background information about Tony Hawk and his life story of skateboarding. I think that this book is for anyone interested in skateboarding or for anyone who is looking to get a little background information if they are looking to start skateboarding. The theme that stood out to me was never give up and that hard work pays off which makes this book a good motivator for people. One should not read this book if they have no interest in skateboarding, however it would be a good read for anyone with the slightest bit of interest in skateboarding. It is debatable if this book should be made into a movie only because Tony Hawk is already so well known and a lot of people already know his story so I do not think it should be made into a movie, but it could be. Overall I would rate this book at about a six due to the detail and all the information about Tony Hawk’s life. However this book would not be useful for a school curriculum, unless the school is studying skateboarding. I would strongly suggest reading the book if you are looking for some good information about skateboarding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop fckin flirting on a skateboard book. Yu disrespecting skating.. get lost
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is a great idea of how skateboarding is. It is a biography about tony hawk. This is one of my favorite books now because I love skateboarding and this tells me how one of the best guys out there came up and how his life was as a kid. It also talks about his career choices that he made. His parents really did not think they were going to have another kid he was a surprise. whe he was little his parents kind just let him do what ever e wanted for example they would go shopping and his mom would let his put anything he wants in the cart. After school everyday he would go o the skate park and just skate entitle one of his parents came to get him. He was always a vary energetic kid his parents always had a hard time controlling him and keeping his focused at school. The first time that he went to the skate park called Oasis was with one of his friends and after that that's all he really did. then he went to the beginner bowl he did so much practice and training for this. After this he was all about skating he was so good that at the age or 14 he was sponsored. this book really makes me what to try my hardest and do my best at skating. It has inspired me to learn more tricks and skate every day.
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TONY HAWK IS A GOOD SK8TER SO IF HE IS GOOD AT SK8TEBORDING THEN I THINK HE IS ALSO MITE BE BE GOOD AT SNOWBORDING 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got my first pro skateboard tony hawk is awesome if you have netflix watch bones birgade atautobiography!
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Maybe you are hot lily because i like girls that arent that smart those i love by. I live in oklahoma sand springs by brayden
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Im lily im a blonde (dumb) verry cute and loves to sk8 sc california -comment if u like
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I love to skate board anywhere i can dish out some serious mowes
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love tony
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a very good book but he had a hard life