At age 12, Tony Hawk began winning amateur contests, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. By the time he was 25, he had competed in 103 pro contests, winning 73 of them and placing second in 19 competitions. He was crowned Vertical Skating’s World Champion 12 years in a row. Considered one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern skateboarding, Tony was the first skater to land a “900” — a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard. In 2009, he was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.