Tony Hawk Lands Impressive 720 at the Age of 52 but “It Was a Battle”
Back in 2016, he landed a 900 at the age of 48.
Tony Hawk has made a rather bittersweet post online about landing a 720 recently with a video showing him persisting until he finally lands it. While the extreme sports legend who you’ll likely know of from the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games is no stranger to doing skateboarding at the age of 52, it does seem as if age is becoming a hindrance.
“I recently made a 720 and it was a battle.” said the skater on Twitter, recalling the last time he landed a 720 was 3 years ago. He added that performing this trick was difficult considering he’s not long dislocated his fingers —back in June last year— so his grab is more difficult. He also stated that his spin is slower, so to compensate for that he needs to go higher. Oh, and he said he’s really old.
I recently made a 720 and it was a battle. The last one I made before this was over three years ago, and it’s much harder now all things considered: recently dislocated fingers hinder my grab, my spin is slower so I need to go higher for full rotation and…
I’m really old. pic.twitter.com/u8pbwRhS9j
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) January 27, 2021
Tony went on to say he’s unsure if this will be the last 720 he’ll ever do, but he’s certainly starting to feel the age it seems. He also offered the skateboard shown in the video to raise money for public skateparks. having fans donate to The Nine Club where donations were given to The Skatepark Project. This also automatically entered fans for a chance to win the skateboard.
A 720 spin may be a lot, but Tony originally landed the first 900 at the X Games in 1999. And in 2016, at the age of 48, he landed the 900 again after a lot of struggling to land it.
In 2020, the remastered versions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 were released as a remastered collection bringing both games to modern platforms through Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. Speculations on the other titles being remastered seem to have faded after the developer, Vicarious Visions was recently absorbed by Blizzard Entertainment.
Thankfully other skateboarding titles are in the works. Session recently released a big update, Skater XL has got mod support going strong, and a new studio has started up that will be working on EA’s next Skate title.