VIDEO TBT: Tony Hawk 1986 Interview Is Teenage Awkwardness Personified

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Watch the godfather of modern skateboarding send embryonic tricks off his driveway quarter-pipe in the days before his fame.

Skateboarding was “back” in 1986, according to CBS 8 San Diego’s Linda Mour, and “nobody was flying higher” than teenager Tony Hawk.

If the only evidence you considered was the air he got off his homemade plywood quarter-pipe in this clip, you’d probably have thought otherwise even at the time.

Watch young Tony shred — or the mid-’80s equivalent of what that word meant — on local news. And enjoy the kid skateboarder’s fledgling on-camera manner: “I’m just like everybody else — it’s just weird.”

Cowabunga.

Runtime: 1.5 minutes

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