Tony Hawk Skateboard | Smithsonian NMAH

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has announced that it will be including a vintage Tony Hawk skateboard in its collection of sports artefacts | The 1986 Powell Peralta Tony Hawk Pro Model deck will be included in the museum’s Sports and Leisure exhibition alongside such iconic sports equipment as Muhammed Ali’s boxing gloves | Says Hawk: “I rode it briefly back then but dismantled it for some unknown reason and kept it through the years. The trucks are original Tracker magnesiums and the Lapper is one of few still in existence. […] Skaters have always been known to be unique and artistic, so the lifestyle encompasses much more than the physical act. It has influenced art, music and fashion, and helped to redefine sports in our country.” | Hawk recently gave the skateboard a quick go for old time’s sake at the Quiksilver All 80’s All Day Vert Challenge at SurfExpo in Orlando, Florida earlier in this month | Unsurprisingly, he described the 25-year-old set up as “challenging”… | americanhistory.si.edu

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