Chase Hawk at age 14
Photograph By Sandy Carson
Austin, Texas, native Chase Hawk, 27, was brought into the BMX scene by the older generations of Austin BMXers, and his stylish bike control skills are a testament to his place in Austin's BMX heritage. Before Hawk descends on X Games Austin, XGames.com looks back on Hawk's BMX upbringing.
Here, a 14-year-old Chase Hawk learns unlookbacks in the 5-Hip Ditch in Austin with his friend Mike Santana. This was Hawk's first photo in a BMX magazine. "I loved that bike. I also had a Standard Trails 250 in yellow," Hawk says.