Was Skateboarder Tony Hawk Secretly A Douche-Bag?

A new documentary shows another side to the richest man in skateboarding

Tony Hawk has always been the toothy, clean-cut, air-punching success story of skateboarding, with a 12-year stint as the National Skateboard Association champ and a string of money-spinning side projects from theme park rides to video games. He was also the first skater to land a "900", two-and-a-half spins on a vert ramp, though as this exclusive clip from new feature-length doc All This Mayhem reveals, he kinda sorta maybe wasn't supposed to be the guy to do it first.

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The film, made by members of the production team of Senna and Exit Through The Gift Shop, follows the lives of Tas and Ben Pappas, two Aussie upstart skaters who showed the Yanks – including a Tony Hawk – a thing or two in the Nineties. Of course, the Pappas brothers, self-confessed "boguns" who had a penchant for insubordination and heroin and careers with a somewhat tragic trajectory, might not be the most rock-solid character witnesses, but it's an interesting slant on the The Birdman's empire all the same.

All This Mayhem is out in cinemas on Friday

 

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