What is your full name, your age, and where do you come from?
Anthony Frank Hawk, 50, San Diego
How long have you been skating?
Which skaters inspired you the most growing up, and which inspire you today?
Eddie Elguera, Steve Caballero and Rodney Mullen. Today I enjoy watching Moto Shibata, Jimmy Wilkins, Jaws, Lizzie, Ben Raybourn, Jamie Foy, and Clay Kreiner
What does your perfect day look like?
Get up in time to take kids to school, return emails and phone calls, skate, eat, get kids from school, do stuff with them (usually skate, surf or videogames), pour a glass of Hakushu, watch John Oliver or Colbert with Cathy, drift to sleep. Travel days are much different; a few are perfect because I’m with the family seeing the world, but most are not.
What are you bumping on the jambox at a good session?
Gang Of Four, 999, Bad Brains, X, Pixies, Clash, Devo, At The Drive in, Ministry
How do you feel about Instagram/social media and skateboarding?
It’s a great way to directly connect with fans, and has leveled the playing field for newer skaters to get recognized. You no longer have to live in California and shmooze the skate mags to get coverage; make your own videos and the good ones will resonate.
What is a bad habit you need to kick?
Reading replies to Trump’s tweets. The rabbit hole of nonsense is endless.
Favorite place skateboarding has taken you, and place you want to travel to the most?
Iceland. I didn’t go specifically for skating, but my success in skating is the reason I could afford to go. I’ve been to most of the places I ever wanted to go, but I would like to visit Colombia someday.
How did you get your spot on Lakai?
Riding my son’s coattails. No really, my shoe deal with Quiksilver / Kohls ended and I didn’t have a shoe sponsor. I started wearing Riley’s model because I like it so much and eventually made the relationship official.
Who is your favorite Lakai rider, past or present?
Without obvious bias for Riley, I think Jimmy is magic on vert. And Tyler rips anything, and he’s a blast to travel with
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t skating for a living?
Editing video or fixing computers. I do both for free these days.
Favorite thing about riding for Lakai?
Staying connected to the core of skateboarding through a uniquely innovative shoe brand.
Any last words?
McTwist and shout
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