Don’t know about you, but I can count on one hand the times I’ve been biking or strolling around Manhattan and witnessed a street skater landing an actual trick. Granted I’m not cruising the legit skate spots or parks, but it’s ridiculous. If only these miserable souls had some sort of guru to guide them. Well, now they do, thanks to the launch of the “Tony Hawk Teaches Skateboarding” MasterClass.
Honestly, can you think of a better instructor than this guy? Dude is the Michael Jordan of skateboarding, a man who has influenced sports and culture and video games for going on four decades without ever coming off as a dickhead. And while he’s definitely much better known as a halfpipe man, he’s got tips for all kinds of riders, thanks to demos from his son, street skating star Riley Hawk, and park skating sensation Lizzie Armanto.
The 16 video lessons (over 101 minutes) take you from the basics of ollies and backside pop shove-its to more advanced tricks like the Madonna and McTwist. Along the way you get life lessons from Tony, too, about dealing with bullying, riding out skateboarding’s periodic dips in popularity and general secrets of success.
I’m looking forward to checking it out. If nothing else, it’ll be nice to watch people land tricks.
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