From a famous line Lost Ark Riders“It’s not age, honey, it’s mileage.”
The same observation applies to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. He will turn 54 next month, though not so many years ago, but the blow he suffered in “vert” (i.e. vertical) skateboarding has left their mark. Whatever the damage to his body as a result of repeated deletions, Hawke’s determination to master the technique is evident in the HBO documentary. Tony Hawk: Until the wheel fallsDirected by Sam Jones.
“[People] Those hours or even years that don’t see those going to develop rice… you can certainly pick up some hits along the way, ”says Hawk Deadline. “It simply came to our notice then. I never read it because I thought I was some ‘tough guy’ or I was trying to prove myself in that sense. It simply came to our notice then.
During his career, Hawke has broken his left humerus (two screws on his elbow), broken his pelvis, sprained his ankle multiple times, dislocated his toes, suffered multiple injuries, and often broke his ankle in need of hundreds of stitches. . His femur broke while skateboarding last month. At a screening of the film in Santa Monica last week, Hawk occasionally leaned on a cane.
“[Surgeons] Put a titanium rod on the leg, Hawk explains, “and then they put some screws in my pelvis because I broke my pelvis 19 years ago and they still see cracks in it. So when they did the surgery, they made sure it was tough too.”
After his March crash, Hawke posted an X-ray of his broken bone on Instagram, writing, “[T]For a broken femur it will be much harder to recover because of its severity (and my age). But I am ready for the challenge. There is a strange irony that this happened on the eve of the release of a trailer for HBO Until the wheel falls off, Sam Jones’s documentary about my life and career, which has a strong focus on the philosophy of how we / we do it at our age. The answer is complex, but in the end it is because I have found my sense of purpose and shaped my identity through skating, and it nourishes my mental health immensely. I have said many times that I will not stop skating until I am physically disabled. “
Jones, a acclaimed photographer as well as filmmaker, says he first met Hawke at the Del Mar Skate Ranch north of San Diego in 1983, where Hawke started.
“I’ve never seen a more incredible person on a skateboard than this,” Jones told viewers at the Santa Monica screening. “I also recognized my own part in this skinny, underdeveloped kid who was chosen and who had to form a group of his own people and do his own thing because he was not easily accepted into social groups and circles. I was too.”
Jones was able to work with a lot of young and gangly Hawke’s archives. The skateboarding greats of that era did not embrace the star of the future or his style. He looked different on the skateboard, in part because of his colorful body type – unlike some other skaters who are shorter and more compact.
“I grew taller around 17, 18 years old and it really gave me more strength. It was an advantage at the time, “Hawk notes.” I was still very flexible, so even though I was tall I could ball and that’s how I do all the spins and things. But I think both have advantages. [body types]. When you see someone with a low center of gravity, they are able to create motion easily, so they are usually more high-flying. And then when you see tall people they have ‘big ups’, so to speak. They can jump and navigate large tracts of land. “
By mere drive, Hawk eventually developed steps that no one else did. He is the pioneer of more than 100 techniques, including the first recorded 900-degree spin off. When the game gained popularity, he climbed the crest. When it sank, he kept going, and when the advent of the X-Games took skateboarding to unprecedented heights, Hawke was still at the top. Licensing his name for a skateboarding video game has finally earned him millions. None of this was planned, he said.
“I never thought I would be able to make a living – or especially in my adult life. [at skateboarding] – Because when we were kids, the ‘old boys’ in their 20’s, on the way out, “he said. “We just kept going and figured out a way to keep improving our adult lives. I was just amazed that people still thought I was relevant, that I had enough history to make a documentary about my life. “
In the film, Hawke calls the reputation “the worst drug” and regrets a choice that sometimes distracts his family. He has gone through various marriages, but the father of four is now a member of a contented family. He shared a weak point of his own with the documentary director, The Journey of Personal Growth.
“It was a challenge, but I trusted Sam and I tried my best to answer openly and honestly as he digs deeper into his questions,” Hawke said. “I trusted him to combine it honestly because you can take all kinds of soundbites and do whatever you want with them and make it enjoyable or self-serving. But I think he was very careful about keeping it authentic. “
Hawke says Jones’ background as a skateboarder has made a significant difference. “He understands all these subtleties and what it takes to be a good skater. And it’s not just ESPN highlights. “
Tony Hawk: Until the wheel falls It premiered on HBO on Tuesday night. It will later stream to HBO Max. New York Times Criticizing the documentary, reviewer Glenn Kenny wrote: Although officially retired, Hawke can’t stop.
It’s that compulsion, that single drive that made Hawk Vert Skateboarding the GOAT.
“I hope people will see the film and be inspired to follow their dreams,” Hawke said, “and know that it’s going to be a lot of hard work and it needs to be embraced.”