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Tony Hawk grows up in 'Bones Brigade'

11/9/2012

Growing up in California, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk said life was so much simpler in the 1980s.

"We were just chasing the next ramp. We knew it would be up for just a couple of weeks," said Hawk, who took up the sport to counter his hyperactivity. "Skating has really evolved from the underground days."

This past week, Hawk and his skateboarding buddies were out promoting "Bones Brigade," the new documentary by skateboard makers George Powell and Stacy Peralta.

The film follows Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Mike McGill and Rodney Mullen through the formative years of the sport.

"It wasn't surreal to see me as a kid. It was more surreal to see others react to me," said Hawk, who helped the producers find photos and footage. "It was cool looking at the crazy graphics, different music and everything else parents hated. Kids are naturally drawn to that."

The former members of the Bones Brigade are now in their 40s, and most still have some tie to the sport. All still ride their skateboards recreationally.

Hawk, who became a skateboarding mogul in video games and clothes, said information about the sport these days has gotten better and, in turn, there are better riders.

"There really has been global growth because, through social media, information has become so accessible to anyone," Hawk said. "In the old days, you had to wait to see the latest trick in a magazine. Today, any kid in any state can put up a video on YouTube and get recognized quicker."