Top positive review
Great read about the "father" of modern skateboarding.
on 4 July 2016
I read this book about 10 years ago and thought it was really good. I decided to buy the Kindle edition just to see if it had been updated in anyway, like if they'd been some extra chapters added on what Mr Hawk had been up to since the publication. Sadly, it doesn't seem to have been updated but it's still a good read.
One thing I noticed this time however, is how many times Tony talks about how skateboarding isn't about competing and beating other skaters but more about having fun and learning with your friends, yet he constantly brings up his wins at contests. A slightly odd thing to do. I mean, if skating isn't about winning contests and excelling, why do you bring your wins up?
Another thing I noticed was how the "second half" of the book seems a lot shorter than the first half.It seems like there's only a handful of chapters dedicated to 1990-2002 while over half the book was set during his early years with the Bones Brigade. I suppose that could be because those ear;y years impacted his career more.
It's still a good read though..If I wasn't old and creaky, this book would have inspired me to buy a skateboard and attempt to learn to how to "fakie to backslide varial 720".