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World Champion pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk turned up to the Bushy Park skate park in Terenure this afternoon and put on a display to over 100 skateboard fans.Tony hawk is in town for the Dublin Web Summit

World Champion pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk turned up to the Bushy Park skate park in Terenure this afternoon and put on a display to over 100 skateboard fans.Tony hawk is in town for the Dublin Web Summit

JOHN DARDIS

World champion pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk turned up to the Bushy Park skate park in Terenure in Dublin yesterday and put on a display to more than 100 skateboard fans. Hawk is in town for the Dublin Web Summit.  Photo: John Dardis

World champion pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk turned up to the Bushy Park skate park in Terenure in Dublin yesterday and put on a display to more than 100 skateboard fans. Hawk is in town for the Dublin Web Summit. Photo: John Dardis

JOHN DARDIS

Skateboard entrepreneur Tony Hawk

Skateboard entrepreneur Tony Hawk

World Champion pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk turned up to the Bushy Park skate park in Terenure this afternoon and put on a display to over 100 skateboard fans.Tony hawk is in town for the Dublin Web Summit

IT wasn't just the Wi-fi that went down during Dublin's Web Summit.

World-renowned pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk (46) is in town to talk at the summit and will appear at the RDS today, where his Hawk Foundation will be among the topics of discussion.

But before appearing to talk about his life in the sport, he hit the skate-park in Terenure's Bushy Park, to put on an impromptu display for around 100 fans.

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He was snapped wiping-out during a trick, before quickly getting back on his board and continuing the display.

Hawk was one of the major figures that helped to bring skateboarding to the masses, not least through his series of eponymous video games which began in the late 1990s.

He has also established a foundation which seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth.

Through special events, grants, and technical assistance, the foundation supports recreational programs focusing on the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities.

The Tony Hawk video game series became one of the most popular game franchises in history and continues to this day.

In 1999 he became the first skateboarder ever to land a so-called '900', a move that had eluded him for 10 years.

Hawk is due to talk at the summit with Paul McGinley, the professional golfer and winning Ryder Cup captain. Also part of the conversation will be Damien Comolli, a football consultant.

He has spent time at some of the world's biggest football clubs, including AS Monaco, Arsenal, St Etienne, Liverpool and Tottenham.

lbyrne@herald.ie


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