'Last one': Tony Hawk's tears after landing iconic trick

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk broke down in tears after landing an ollie 540 for what he says will be the last time, at age 52. Picture: Tony Hawk/Twitter
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk broke down in tears after landing an ollie 540 for what he says will be the last time, at age 52. Picture: Tony Hawk/Twitter

Tony Hawk has shed a few tears after an arduous but successful attempt at landing an incredibly difficult trick he first pulled off 32 years ago.

The 52-year-old skateboarding legend posted footage of him attempting to land an ollie 540 to Twitter, in response to a fan sharing footage from the first time he landed it back in 1989.

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Incredibly, Hawk could probably still mix it with the best young skaters today, but even he had to admit his body isn't what it once was as he hit the deck time and time again trying to land the trick.

He clattered off the side of his half-pipe at one point, but his determination to land the 540 one last time was abundantly clear.

The trick sees a skateboarder complete one-and-a-half rotations without touching the board with their hand.

Hawk was elated after finally landing the move, letting out a howl of celebration before falling to his knees and breaking down in tears.

It was an emotional moment for Hawk, who said afterwards that would be the final time he ever attempted the 540.

“I’m a little sad. I never have much finality to anything but that was definitely the last one I’ll ever do. F*** it, happy I made it," he said.

It's not the first time this year that the 52-year-old has attempted tricks for the final time, with Hawk also sharing footage of him landing a 720 back in January.

Though he retired from competition in 2003 and can no longer perform the iconic 900, Hawk could likely still out-skate most who challenge him.

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“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,” Hawk said of his most recent 720.

“Recently dislocated fingers hinder my grab, my spin is slower so I need to go higher for full rotation and … I’m really old.

“I can’t say for certain that this is the last one I’ll ever do, but I can’t imagine doing many more.”

Tony Hawk looks back on skateboarding career

Hawk became a massive celebrity throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, thanks to his skating exploits and the release of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater gaming series.

A brief look at Hawk's social media will reveal a dedicated family man sharing his love of skating with his kids, but the man himself admitted it hadn't always been that way.

He confessed that, at the height of his celebrity, he hadn't been around his children as much as he should have been.

Tony Hawk has admitted that, at age 52, some of his iconic tricks are beyond him. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Tony Hawk has admitted that, at age 52, some of his iconic tricks are beyond him. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

“When it reached a crazy celebrity level in the early 2000s, then I fell into it (the celebrity lifestyle) a little bit more and that was a challenge,” Hawk told news.com.au. in 2017

“I was getting invited to movie premieres and Hollywood parties so that became more challenging.

“I went on one too many trips or to frivolous premieres or appearances that took away from my time with my kids and I definitely regret it.

"I should have stayed home more for my kids, especially in their formative years, but instead I was off and running.

“Suddenly I felt like these opportunities were once in a lifetime, I had to take them, but in reality they weren’t worth the time away from my kids.”

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