The world of extreme sports has once again descended on the city of Los Angeles for the X Games, which runs through the end of July.
Now in its 17th year, the X Games has become an annual summer showcase of the biggest and brightest stars in skating, motocross, BMX and rally car racing, with the likes of Shaun White and Travis Pastrana wowing audiences around the globe with the latest tricks of the trade.
There's no doubt, though, that the X Games wouldn't be what it is today without the pioneering efforts of Tony Hawk.
The man known best for landing the 900 and spreading the gospel of the grind through his video-game franchise has long since retired from professional participation in the X Games but still serves as an integral contributor and an ambassador for extreme sports.
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Hawk himself at a fundraising event for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Read on to see what he had to say about the X Games, the future of skateboarding, who he enjoys watching today and more!