White Rock skateboarder receives accolades from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk – Peace Arch News
White Rock skateboarder Andy Anderson has undoubtedly won many fans after his performance at the Tokyo Olympics last summer – none more notable, perhaps, than legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk.
Hawk, an icon of the skateboarding community and the most well-known skateboarder of all time – his eponymous video game series Pro Skater has been popular since its first release in 1999 – was this week’s guest on the Blocked Party podcast, where he had nothing but compliments for the Semiahmoo Peninsula skateboarder.
“He’s an awesome skater… he does these ledge tricks, and he does these incredibly difficult trick combinations,” Hawk said of Anderson, in conversation with podcast hosts John Cullen, a high school graduate Semiahmoo; and Stefan Heck, a Vancouver resident.
Hawk was on the show – a comedy social media and internet podcast, among others – to discuss his experience in Japan at the start of the Summer Olympics, as well as his experience watching the men’s park competition from home. him, which is when the topic turned to Anderson.
Cullen asked Hawk what he thought of Anderson’s Olympic performance and if Hawk thought Anderson was wronged by the judges by not qualifying for the final round of the event; At the time of the competition, many Olympic viewers expressed their displeasure that Anderson did not advance despite being one of the more entertaining contenders in the business.
“It’s so subjective, it’s hard to say, but I think he did well,” said Hawk.
“There is something going on in skating competitions where the judges will judge you based on what they think you are capable of. And so when they see him skate in practice and they know he’s capable of those harder tricks, they’ll punish him for it (in competition). It’s not how it should be, but it happens.
“But what’s cool to see him is that at the end of his run he was at the top of the volcano (ramp) in the middle, and he was doing freestyle tricks. No other sport at the Olympics has someone having fun doing an old version of their sport when their time is up.
“It just doesn’t happen – but that’s what you get from skateboarding.”
Hawk, 53, also said that Anderson, with his penchant for wild tricks, is the actual embodiment of playable characters in Pro Skater games, noting that the 25-year-old is “THPS (Tony Hawk Pro Skater) like a real boy.
Hawk gave Anderson the same compliment last June, in an interview with CBC, adding that he was impressed with Anderson’s ability to mix old school stuff with newer stuff.
Anderson qualified for the Olympics last spring, after finishing in the top 16 at an event in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was his last chance to make the Olympic Cup.
Anderson turned pro in 2019, signing with famous skateboard brand Powell-Peralta. The first Andy Anderson branded skateboard that was released by the company sold out in 12 hours.
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