Tony Hawk's First Skateboard Will Be Put In Smithsonian Institute

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2013

Tony Hawk will officially become an important part of American history, as the Smithsonian Institute is set to display the icon's first skateboard.

The legendary skater posted the news on his Twitter account:

Here is a look at the skateboard, courtesy of Hawk's Instagram account:

The National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. is known for bringing in various objects that represent the country's cultural as well as political history. As a result, it is opening up a new exhibit known as Innoskate. The museum's website provided a description of what to expect:

Innoskate is a major public festival that will celebrate invention and creativity in skate culture. Innoskate will highlight the contributions skate innovators make to society through demonstrations, hands-on education activities, public programs with inventors and innovators, and donations of objects to the national collections.

Hawk will also take part in a panel discussion on June 22 along with skateboard maker Paul Schmitt.

In reality, there are few people who had a bigger impact on the skating world than Hawk. The Birdman was an innovator in the sport and often displayed new tricks that were barely imagined at the time, including the 900.

His exciting aerial displays were a big part of the rise in popularity among extreme sports. 

Additionally, the popular Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series brought the sport to a wider audience, while becoming a household name around the country. 

For these contributions, Hawk was named the second-most influential skateboarder of all time by Transworld Skateboarding magazine.

It appears as though one of the most famous museums in America will now recognize his influence on American culture by displaying his first ever skateboard.

Fans of Hawk and the sport itself should do their best to take part in the weekend festivities to celebrate a big moment in extreme sports.


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