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Tony Hawk's full-part dry-spell came to an end recently as his newly minted YouTube venture, Ride Channel, dropped a 2 1/2-minute edit that's racked up more than 125,000 views so far. Hawk hasn't put out a full part since Birdhouse's 2007 video, "The Beginning." But that doesn't mean he hasn't been busy. Turns out, the 43-year-old pioneer still skates probably more than you do. "That dude seriously skates at least five days a week," says Ride's Jesse Fritsch, adding that Hawk didn't set out to make a new part; it just came together over a two-year period.
"Putting it together, that part was pretty organic," Fritsch told ESPN. "It just started with him hammering out a lot of tricks and then realizing that he was gathering a lot of footage," most of which was gathered by Jared Prindle. Hawk's skating showcases not only some new variations on his highly technical arsenal, but also a few NBDs, including a 360 shuv-it back lip [at 1:41] and a nollie 360 shuv-it nose grind over the channel [1:55]. Almost all of the skating in the edit went down on the ramp in Hawk's business compound, also the home of Ride Channel, 900 Films, Tony Hawk, Inc., and the Tony Hawk Foundation.