Tony Hawk, who became synonymous with pro skateboarding, enjoyed his peak moment during the 1999 X Games in San Francisco. It was there he unveiled the 900, a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard. Hawk told RIDE Channel it was "the apex of my professional career." It took Hawk 12 attempts that day.
The 17th anniversary of those X Games was Monday, and Hawk, now 48, again completed a successful 900. Hawk incurred several nasty falls along the way, but the Skateboarding Hall of Famer was jubilant after his successful run on his eighth attempt.
Hawk announced he would never attempt the trick again.
"Spencer was there on my first one," he told The Ride Channel, referring to his son, who was born in March 1999. "Now, he was there on my last."
Still, the lesson to be learned is we should expect the unexpected from Hawk. So never say never. He just did a 900 at 48.