Sports June 5, 2012
Stacy Peralta On Tony Hawk

Skateboading legend Stacy Peralta is an industry pioneer. As the first skater to really harness the sport's earning potential, Stacy branched out from competition to manufacture his own brand of boards and manage his own professional team. One of the brightest amateurs he discovered was a gawky 11-year-old, by the name of Tony Hawk. In this clip Stacy talks about the struggles that Tony faced in the early days, as one of the industry's best - yet least popular - stars.

He's in the red chair tonight, along with journalist Jan Wong and author Stephen Davis.

On Tony Hawk's story:
Well I think the thing is people mythologize Tony Hawk. They look at him now - he's the most recognizable alternative athlete in the world. Most recognizable! Has a high Q rating - as high as Michael Jordan. And here he is, when he was a little kid growing up, becoming Tony Hawk, he stumbled, he had terrific obstacles - but most importantly, the people in his own sport didn't really like the way he did what he did. They didn't like the way he skateboarded. They gave him a lot of crap for the way he skateboarded.
GS: People hated on Tony Hawk when he was young.
SP: Yes. And we deal with that in the film. That he struggled with this...and he struggled with the fact that he couldn't be accepted. They didn't want to accept who he was. What no one realized at the time, was that Tony was doing tricks that were 10 years ahead of their time. But everyone else was looking at him, expecting him to fit in. But he wasn't. He was too ahead of his time.



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