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Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder (Skate My Friend, Skate) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 19. Juni 2001

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As skateboarders go, only Bart Simpson is more renowned, which makes Tony Hawk the most famous human on four small wheels ever, and in Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder the icon takes us on a full-on thrash through his life to date--from his first rock'n'rolls to "that" trail-blazing 900--and talks candidly about what life as a pro has been like.

A hyper-active California brat, who found an outlet for his manic will to win--and an escape from High School bullying--down at the skatepark, little Tony became Hawk, and a pile of competition wins and signature moves later, finds himself knee-deep in endorsement dollars, hurtling round the world on a non-stop lipslide to superstardom. Sounds like fun? Of course it does, but remember, children, Hawk's How to know if you're a skateboarder, rule 5--you wake up in an ambulance with your front teeth missing.

Ligaments are usually torn, or at least a few inches longer than nature intended. I knew one skater who asked his doctor if his ankle should be able to move around "Like this". He then proceeded to bend his ankle to the side, and his ankle bone (that little ball on the side) split in two--his ligament had been torn in half years ago. The doctor started laughing.

There's no doubt that a gradually disintegrating body played some part in his decision to retire from competition--that and the moronic demands of the money men and the legions of fans for whom extreme skateboarding is just the latest MTV thrill, rather than a way of life--but the bottom line according to Hawk is that all the business of being number one was just background noise anyway.

The chronological "Hawk's tricks" directory is a nice touch, and reads like a history of the sport itself, but despite the meaty portion of the book given over to pictures, newcomers will be none the wiser about how he does it. This isn't an instruction book by any means: more of a "why to" than a "how to"--with Hawk strong on the joys of being in the international brotherhood of the board--and seasoned skateboarders will revel in this affirmation. --Alex Hankin -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"The Birdman" of extreme skateboarding reveals how he rose to the top of his game from the 1980s through the 1990s. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Wer mit 19 sein eigenes Haus und einen toyota Lexus besitzt, kann in seinem Leben nicht viel falsch gemacht haben... Das es dann doch nicht so einfach ist.. beschreibt das Buch sehr gut.
Der Mühsame wiederaufstieg der Sportart Skaten zum Trendsport...
Gut beschrieben von einem der besten, wenn nicht dem besten Scateboarder..
Lohnenswert für alle Sportbegeisterten
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Von Ein Kunde am 18. Dezember 2000
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skateboarding muss man leben, es reicht nicht einfach nur ein deck zu besitzen und ein wenig rollen zu können. skateboarding ist ein lebensgefühl und nicht einfach nur ein wort! ich denke nicht nur tony hawk kann diese worte verstehen sondern jeder der vom skatefieber gepackt wurde! doch tony ist der einzige der über dieses gefühl ein buch geschrieben hat! und er hat nicht einfach nur geschrieben, er hat sein leben aufgeschrieben, das leben, das er durchgeskatet ist! ein muss, für alle die ihn mich und die ernsthaften skater verstehen! KEIN BUCH FÜR POSER!!!
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HASH(0x9e5e2d98) von 5 Sternen Thanks, Tony . . . 7. August 2000
Von gregory mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Since seeing Adam Rich sporting Ocean Pacific shirts on "Eight is Enough" as an impressionable 7 year old, I knew I was growing up on the wrong coast. I had such a fierce attraction to California and the way life was lived over there, and that interest has followed me for most of my life - the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, the proliferation of late-70s & early 80s era E! True Hollywood Stories, and now the autobiography of my lifelong idol & hero Tony Hawk.
For 15 years I have admired Hawk, both as an amazing individual and as a link to my past. "Hawk - Occupation: Skateboarder" is a well written memoir that illustrates both the man and the when/where/how of his growth as both a person and a legend of his sport.
Hawk's involvement in the Big 80s boom of skateboarding cannot be understated - and the fact that he weathered the subsequent Great Depression of the sport and emerged a better skater *and* a better person for it illustrates his great character.
The book is lots of fun too, because it serves as an inadvertent time capsule of what life was like in the 80s for Tony and dozens of other skaters: bleached bangs hanging over their eyes while crashing into the popular conscience, riding the back bumper of the Hollywood-mobile and onto movie screens across America, and jet-setting across Europe & Japan - all the while sporting 2 Swatches on one arm and decked out in hot pink Jams shorts. Awesome!
But just as important as the movie sets, the demos in Tokyo and the goofing off in Switzerland is *the* picture of 80s California skate culture: the backyard ramp jams. Half a dozen friends hanging out in the hot sun, cooling off with cold Cokes and chowing on some good BBQ. At the age of 25, I will still admit to being very very jealous.
And hell, when those friends happen to all have their names on T-Shirts, their own signature skate decks and are mobbed at shopping malls . . well that makes for an interesting life and times. "Hawk - Occupation: Skateboarder" does a wonderful job of showing this life, as well as the bottoming out of that mentality and lifestyle in the early 90s - skating's Dark Ages.
Tony's - and skateboarding's - slow and wildly successful recovery from that period is every bit as interesting and meaningful as the Big Years (albeit with more lessons learned and hardships endured). All great heroes need to suffer a little to battle back, and Tony's reflections on his various personal and professional setbacks are honest and real.
Today, in the Here and Now, I have the great pleasure of watching my boyhood idol live a happy and successful life - at the top of his career and with the love of a beautiful family. Starting my own little family has given me the pleasure of sharing one more cool thing with my hero - marriage and fatherhood. "Hawk - Occupation: Skateboarder" is an intelligent, well done biography that will satisfy fans and enlighten those who may not realize that a Legend (aka: Cool, Normal Guy) walks among us - when he's not floating and spinning several feet above , that is.
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HASH(0x95d78570) von 5 Sternen Makes a boy want to read! 15. November 2000
Von Carolyn Martinez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am 'Squigman's' mother. Squigman is 9 years old and has been interested in extreme sports ever since he was a baby. He told me that he wanted one thing for Christmas, and that was Tony Hawk's book. Other Christmas's his list of 'I wants' was long and harsh . . .Playstations, electric jeeps, action figures, but this year . . .he wants . . .a book! Imagine that, the boy wants to read an actual 'chapter' book. I have every confidence that he will read it, cover to cover because for the last several years skateboarding magazines is all the child will read. Harry Potter? Who's that? My son has a real flesh and blood hero and his name is Tony Hawk.
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HASH(0x95e79b1c) von 5 Sternen Best skateboarding book EVER!!!! 9. August 2000
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Skateboarding books are Definetly exiting, but when the birdman writes one it's ausome. Tony Hawk is the best Skateboarder ever, and if you are looking to become a pro or even a hobbiest you should purchase this book. It tells you the way of his life and how he got to where he is today. This book is the perfect gift for any skateboarder or even something for yourself!
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HASH(0x95d815e8) von 5 Sternen A book for anyone! 20. September 2000
Von Neo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a person who has never been on a skateboard. But this book surprised me. I was going through a couple of books in the library that they were selling, and I bought. First, I thought I was giving it to my friend (who loves skateboards), but first I read it. It was so good that I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. It is a book that has humor, a dab of drama, and everything else you can think of. It is a great book (and I didn't give it to my friend because it is too good to waste, and I bought it for only $1.00). Even if you hate skateboarding, you should read this book. It teaches you about "life." I thought it was good, and if you read it, I bet you would too. Tony Hawk has made a great autobiography, and I hope you would make a great choice. Buy this book! Thanks for reading my review!
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HASH(0x95d818f4) von 5 Sternen YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK! 18. Oktober 2001
Von Kim Williams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a 40 year old mother of two boys, ages 11 and 10. I die to watch Tony and the boys on TV. I have become an expert on skaters, my boys are amazed how I can identify all the skaters and their tricks. I read "Hawk - Occupation Skateboarder" and never had so much fun in my life! I laughed and laughed and laughed some more! I cried some and I felt sad a few times. Yet always I had the utmost respect for this boy who became a man right in front of our eyes.
This book isn't just about skateboarding. It's about family, friendships, akwardness, itelligence and respect. I have so many pages marked and highlighted in my book you'd think it was a reference guide. This book is entertaining and enjoyable. This man is and was and exceptional student with a wonderful loving and supportive family life. A mother and father that we would all be envious to have. I have told everyone about this book and how much fun I had reading it. I am currently in the process of buying a bunch of these books to give out to my family and friends for Christmas. This book is something everyone shoud read even if you don't skate. I don't skate but I live to watch it and it never ceases to amaze me how these men pull off such incredible manuvers.
I have the utmost respect for this man and his family. He is truly an exceptional human being. Buy the book, read the book, laugh yourself silly and feel good. We should all be so lucky to have what this man has worked extremely hard for. Nothing was given to Tony, he earned it all and worked hard for it.
When I grow up I want to be a photographer or playstation mom on the Tony Hawk Gigantic Skateboard Tour! Thank you Skaters for giving me such enjoyment!
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