Tony Hawk is still the busiest and most dedicated skateboarder on the planet, and proved exactly that when he stopped overnight in London last month to inspire kids to support the Laureus project. This foundation uses the power of sport to help tackle pressing social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives so we popped down to East London to see him box with the locals and discuss the past, present and future.
This video interview covers the Sport For Good Foundation, reminiscing the 1988 Bones Brigade Tour of Europe at the Latimer Road vert demo and skating the legendary Livingstone Skatepark in Scotland. We also ask Tony about how the Megaramp is making an impact across the planet, the rise of ams on the up, the growing popularity of indoor training facilities in the US, plus an insight into the forthcoming Bones Brigade documentary that is being put together right now by Stacy Peralta.
Click play for the full interview by Matthew Bromley and big thanks to Laureus for the invite and photos. Visit the Quiksilver UK site here.
Tony Hawk was in town 2 weeks back for a swift visit to Laureus, a project set up to inspire kids in East London. We were invited to pop over there and say hello and returned with a video interview for you that will be running on here soon where Tony discusses the new Bones Brigade plans with Stacy Peralta, Birdhouse plans, the impressive amount of ams on the rise across the planet and much, much more.
Last friday, legendary skater Tony Hawk flew into London for the day to hang out and inspire kids in East London and we were invited (thanks to Ken Rae in SA) to interview him.
The Birdman was here to back the Laureus World Sports Academy which which combats gang violence and juvenile crime at the Fight for Peace community sports project in the East End of London, and had this to say say as he walked out of the ring after a sparring session with locals:
“I may not be a boxer, but I found the whole experience a knock-out. This is what Laureus is all about, supporting projects which use sport to gain the interest of young people from difficult backgrounds and keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Gang violence is a big problem in many parts of the US as well as in the East End and being able to spend time with the kids at Fight for Peace and talk to them about the problems they have faced in their life and why they have turned their backs on street violence was inspiring. I really believe a project like this could make a big impact in the US.”
Look out for our video interview with Tony Hawk in the next two weeks.