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Meet Your Instructor

Tony Hawk

Lesson time 04:26 min

Meet Tony Hawk, legendary skateboarder and your new instructor. Tony gives an overview of what you’ll learn in his class: basic, intermediate, and advanced skills in street, park, and vert taught by Riley Hawk, Lizzie Armanto, and Tony himself.

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Topics include: Tony Hawk Teaches Skateboarding


[MUSIC PLAYING] TONY HAWK: The very first time that I created a new trick, it was a backside varial. And I remember the feeling when I landed it and I thought that I was a wizard. Like, I could not believe I did a trick no one had done before. I was probably 11 years old. And that feeling, that was the buzz. That was the high that I'd chase the rest of my life. NEWSCASTER 1: And if there's one person who's contributed the most to skateboarding's meteoric rise as a cultural and social phenomenon, it's Tony Hawk. NEWSCASTER 2: One of the world's most recognizable sports figures. NEWSCASTER 3: The gnarly, the awesome Tony Hawk. NEWSCASTER 4: He landed professional skateboarding's first 900. He's barely touched the ground since. TONY HAWK: I've always said that I think skateboarding is a lifestyle, a sport, and an art form all at once. You're creating your own style. Skating is your canvas. And you can paint it however you want. And no two paintings are going to look alike. - Hawk. Tony Hawk! TONY HAWK: You don't have to follow the textbook of exactly how to live your life. Whatever that may be, you can think outside the box. You can hop a fence. You can get in a different line. Skateboarding can be a great tool in your life, a great lesson in your life, a lesson in perseverance, a lesson in self-confidence, a lesson in belief. And that you don't have to be a pro skater, but you can carry these lessons with you throughout your life in so many other ways. And that skateboarding will teach you the value of perseverance, and the value of repetition, and the value of seeing something through, and not giving up. [MUSIC PLAYING] In this MasterClass, I am breaking down foundational skate tricks and some of my own signature tricks for the very first time. This class is for anyone that wants to start skating, learn the basics, and improve upon their skills if they already have the basics. It's going to make you a better skater. And hopefully, you can use this motivation in any walk of life. The three types of skateboarding that we are covering in this class are street, park, and vert skating. And when I talk about street, that is the elements you find out the urban landscape-- stairs, ledges, handrails, gaps. And park is a mix of street elements, bowl elements, vertical elements, and a lot of tricks that involve the top of a ramp. And then we're going to cover vert. And vert is specific to a radius transition, usually something that's over 10 foot in diameter with a couple of feet of vert added onto that. And that's when we get into more of the aerial type moves. And that is what allows you to fly in the air. And that is what drew me to skateboarding in the first place. I have some of the best skaters in the world helping me teach this class-- Lizzie Armanto and Riley Hawk. So Lizzie is a professional park skater. She is one of the best. And I feel like she has the ability to take you to the next level in in...

About the Instructor

A pro at 14 and the first to land a 900 at the X Games, Tony Hawk is one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. Now he’s helping you take your skateboarding to the next level. Joined by pros Lizzie Armanto and Riley Hawk, Tony teaches you beginner, intermediate, and advanced tricks in street, park, and vert. Learn how to push yourself, get up when you fall, and find your own style. Start reaching new heights.

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