Tony Hawk 1986 Interview Is Teenage Awkwardness Personified

Watch the godfather of modern skateboarding send embryonic tricks off his driveway quarter-pipe in the days before his fame.

Skateboarding was “back” in 1986, according to CBS 8 San Diego’s Linda Mour, and “nobody was flying higher” than teenager Tony Hawk.

If the only evidence you considered was the air he got off his homemade plywood quarter-pipe in this clip, you’d probably have thought otherwise even at the time.

Watch young Tony shred — or the mid-’80s equivalent of what that word meant — on local news. And enjoy the kid skateboarder’s fledgling on-camera manner: “I’m just like everybody else — it’s just weird.”


Runtime: 1.5 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.


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