Tony Hawk to Teach his Skateboarding MasterClass

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MasterClass, he streaming platform which makes it possible to learn skills from the best has announced that the legendary skater and cultural icon, Tony Hawk will teach a class on skateboarding.

This announcement comes on Go Skateboarding Day (Originally called All Star City Skate Jam), a annual holiday created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote skateboarding.

This class will break down foundational techniques in vert, park and street skating, and share intimate stories and insights from his storied career which help turn skateboarding into an international celebrated sport.

Hawks class is now available on Masterclass where members can subscribe for unlimited access to all new and existing 85+ classes through the All-Access Pass.

The all-access pass cost $15 per month (billed annually) and gives you a wide array of categories such as business, culinary arts, film & television, music & entertainment, photography, sports, lifestyle and more.

“Tony completely changed the world of skateboarding and we are excited to bring his class to life on Go Skateboarding Day,

His MasterClass gives a rare look not only into his skating techniques, but also into his life lessons that will do nothing less than inspire you.”

said David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass.

Tony Hawk is the most recognizable pioneer of modern skateboarding who has elevated the sport’s profile and is credited with changing the perception of skateboarding from a subculture to a widely embraced sport.

His brother gave him his first skatebaord in the 70s and Hawk went on to become one of the youngest competing pro athletes by the age of 14.

Over the course of his 17-year career, he won more than 70 skateboarding contests and made skate history by becoming the first person to perform and land the 900, a two-and-a-half aerial spin above a vert ramp, during the X Games 5 competition.

In 1992, Hawk started his own skateboarding company, BirdHouse, and was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2009. Hawk established The Tony Hawk Foundation that has awarded $10 million to help create public skateparks around the world.

“Skateboarding is a lesson in perseverance, a lesson in self-confidence and a lesson in belief,

I hope my MasterClass can show members that you don’t have to be a pro skater to carry these lessons with you for life.”

said Tony Hawk.

Hawk’s MasterClass teaches members the art of skateboarding, breaking down skateboarding techniques at all levels and sharing practical advice on becoming a successful skater. Designed for all levels, Hawk’s class starts with the basics in park, street and vert, making it possible for someone who has never touched a skateboard before to pick it up and learn. Building on the fundamentals of the sport, Hawk brings in two of his own protégés—his son and top-level street skateboarder, Riley Hawk, and top-level park skateboarder and future Olympian, Lizzie Armanto—to assist him in demonstrating intermediate and advanced tricks. For the first time, Hawk explains the methods and nuances to performing his signature tricks including the Madonna and the 540 McTwist. Each lesson will begin with an inspirational story from Hawk’s past, including how he was bullied as a kid and used skateboarding as an outlet. Throughout his class, Hawk revisits significant moments from his career as a professional skateboarder, including when he landed the first-ever 900 during the 1999 X Games and the night he landed a Kickflip McTwist for the first time. Hawk also shares an inside look into the creation of the iconic Activision video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. MasterClass members will come away from the class feeling inspired by Hawk’s perseverance and willing to try something new on or off the board.

To celebrate the launch, MasterClass and Hawk are teaming up for MasterClass presents Tony Hawk’s NBD / Best Trick Challenge, where 21 of the world’s best skaters, including Hawk himself, Bucky Lasek, Lizzie Armanto and Sky Brown among others, will compete for “Best Trick.” Starting June 24, videos of each trick will be shared on MasterClass’s and Hawk’s social media channels. After public voting ends, the winners will be announced by Hawk on June 29.

Hawk’s MasterClass joins the 85+ classes taught by world-renowned instructors on culinary arts, photography, writing, performance and much more. Each MasterClass has digestible video lessons sized to fit into any part of your day and cinematic visuals with close-up, hands-on demonstrations that make you feel one-on-one with the instructor. The All-Access Pass gives you access to every MasterClass and new ones as they launch. Learn on the go with mobile apps or in the comfort of your home with Apple TV®, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku® devices. Subscribe to greatness at MasterClass.com.