Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk turned pro in 1982 for Powell-Peralta. Known for his innovative tricks, he dominated vert contests throughout the ‘80s and released footage in all of his board sponsor’s videos, including 1987’s The Search for Animal Chin and 1989’s Ban This. In 1992, he left Powell-Peralta to form Birdhouse Projects, a company that sponsored riders including Jeremy Klein, Andrew Reynolds, and Willy Santos. In 1995, he won the vert contest at the inaugural X Games (then known as the Extreme Games); in 1999, he landed the first-ever 900 and released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the first installment of a popular video game series that continues on mobile platforms today.