Trick Renamed In Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 To Honor Its Creator
The "mute" grab has been renamed "The Weddle Grab" to honor deaf skater Chris Weddle, the move's creator.
When the Warehouse demo for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 goes live tomorrow, a longstanding trick will have a new name.
The “mute” grab, which has been in the Tony Hawk games from the start (and skating long before that), will now be going by the “The Weddle Grab” to honor the trick’s creator, Chris Weddle.
Hawk himself revealed the name change in an Instagram post made Wednesday, and explained the reasoning behind it.
“For nearly 40 years, we’ve shamelessly referred to this trick as the “mute” air/grab. Here is the backstory: around 1981, a deaf skater and Colton Skatepark local named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit. The “Indy” air had just been created & named so somebody proposed that grabbing with the front hand should be known as the “Tracker” air. Others countered that Chris was the first to do, so it should be named after him. They referred to him as the “quiet, mute guy.” So it became known as the mute air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth. In recent years a few people have reached out to Chris (who still skates) about this trick and the name it was given. He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honored his legacy, as he is hearing impaired but not lacking speech. I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the “deaf” or “Weddle” grab if given the choice. His exact quote to me was “I am deaf, not mute.” So as we embark on the upcoming [Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2] demo release, some of you might notice a trick name change: The Weddle Grab. It’s going to be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name but I think Chris deserves the recognition.”
Hawk wrapped up his post with thanks to Darrick De La O, another deaf skater who was the catalyst for name change, and noting that Weddle said he was “so stoked” when told about his trick’s new name.
You can check out Hawk’s Instagram post in full below:
The Warehouse demo will be available to players who pre-ordered the game digitally for either the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC. The full game is due out Sept. 4.