Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

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Follows famous skater Tony Hawk's personal life, career and relationship with skateboarding, including never-before-seen footage and unprecedented access to Hawk, along with interviews with figures from the skateboarding world.

Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off


Most people know Tony Hawk from the ultra-successful computer games and maybe from his X-Games wins or 900. The first half of the movie focuses on his very humble beginnings.

It was interesting to learn of him being ostracised early in his career, from his style to his dad. He lacked respect from fellow skaters who were his peers. The documentary showcases Tony's raw talent, elevated by his ability to take crash after crash as he pushes to learn new and more complicated tricks.

After winning over his peers and gaining success within the culture — winning competition after competition and joining the infamous Bones Brigade — the momentum shifted away from skateboarding and everyone saw a massive decline and a shock from what they’d known.

Eventually, the popularity of skateboarding came back and so did success for Tony. From the highs of touring the world and landing a 900 in front of a watching world, the story hits hard with the emotional toll that being famous brings and the decisions that affected him as a person and father.

The movie ends on the highs, with a brief mention of the global success of the computer game named and modelled after him — which is discussed in a lot more detail in a separate documentary — and catching up with his old crew.

Taking hits always hurts, but they reflect on taking those risks at an older age. Some might call it foolish, but Rodney Mullen sums it up nicely; “embracing what they’ve done with their lives”.

Overall, a really exceptional look at the life of Tony Hawk. There are so many stories that interweave and make this documentary an interesting watch. It would make a good pairing with the movie Lords of Dogtown.