SEATTLE -- His name is synonymous with skateboarding.
Tony Hawk and his "Birdhouse" skate team pulled some awesome moves for about 200 spectators at Jefferson Park's new skatepark. The city's Parks and Recreation Department organized the exhibition to celebrate the new structure, which opened in January.
"The Seattle skateboard community helped develop our Citywide Skatepark Plan, which led to the construction of the Jefferson Skatepark," said Christopher Williams, acting Superintendent. "Seattle skaters are extremely talented and we are excited to welcome one of the best skateboarders, Tony Hawk."
Hawk drew "oohs" and "ahhs" as he caught air and flipped his skateboard just inches away from the crowd surrounding the bowl.
Malachi Hill said the best trick he saw was when Hawk flipped his skateboard over while in mid air.
Twelve-year old Jonathan Ocampo observed Hawk was "kind of old," but could still skate well.
"The hardest part is having the courage to do those hard tricks knowing you could break your leg," he said.