As the Hawk flies! Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk coming Down Under

By
Maria Lewis

11:05 EST, 18 May 2014


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11:05 EST, 18 May 2014

Tony Hawk is to skateboarding what Don Bradman is to cricket, and the sporting legend is coming to Australia this week.

The 46-year-old San Diego native is speaking at design convention Semi-Permanent at Carriageworks in Sydney, which kicks off on Thursday.

The father of four is a regular Down Under, and revealed that he’s bringing a special guest with him this time.

Hawk in the skies: Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk is coming to Australia, pictured at Quiksiilver skate event in Canada in 2013

Hawk in the skies: Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk is coming to Australia, pictured at Quiksiilver skate event in Canada in 2013

‘I love Australia and I love going to Sydney and I’ve been to Australia three times in the last couple of months,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.

‘And I’m bringing my sister, who’s never been to Australia before.’

Hawk was a skateboarding prodigy, turning professional at the age of 14 and becoming one of the pioneers of the sport.

Sporting icon: The 46-year-old is speaking at design convention Semi-Permanent, pictured at The 2010 Gumball 3000 in London

Sporting icon: The 46-year-old is speaking at design convention Semi-Permanent, pictured at The 2010 Gumball 3000 in London

Smart thinker: After retiring from professional skateboarding in 1999, he has gone on to create a global empire and is said to be worth $120M (pictured at the Tony Hawk charity event in New York in 2012)

Smart thinker: After retiring from professional skateboarding in 1999, he has gone on to create a global empire and is said to be worth $120million (pictured at the Tony Hawk charity event in New York in 2012)

He was world champion for 12 consecutive years and helmed several landmark moves, including the 900, before retiring in 1999. 

But he didn’t hang it up then, going on to become a global business in himself with successful video games, a skate brand and his own YouTube channel. 

He’s estimated to be worth some $120million.

As an internationally recognised entrepreneur, he’s speaking at the Semi-Permanent event alongside other leading creatives such as filmmaker Mike Mills, illustrator Tara McPherson and fellow skateboarder Corbin Harris.

It's a bird! It's a plane!: Hawk - nicknamed 'The Birdman' joined the professional skating circuit when he was just 14-years-old (pictured at the Quiksilver skate event in Canada, 2013)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Hawk – nicknamed ‘The Birdman’ – joined the professional skating circuit when he was just 14 years old (pictured at the Quiksilver skate event in Canada, 2013)


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