25. Tony Hawk: Dropping In
By BBC Radio 4
The UK’s favourite fitness coach is back with series three of his podcast. This summer, Joe will be speaking to inspirational friends and some of his favourite people to ask them what they do to keep themselves feeling mentally and physically strong.
In this episode Joe speaks to skateboarder Tony Hawk. Tony turned pro at the age of fourteen and quickly became the world number one in his sport. He pioneered a clutch of new tricks, including landing the infamous '900' in 1999. He went on to turn his name into a global brand through a series of ventures including the development of his own hugely successful video game series which Joe spent many hours playing.
Tony speaks to Joe about what it was like to rise to the top so young and why he received so much criticism early on in his career for his methodical and innovative approach to skateboarding. They discuss the importance of family in keeping you grounded and why purpose and not profit should always be the driving force behind what you do. Now in his fifties, Tony describes how cruising about on his board is still the best form of therapy out there, even if he has had to rein in some of the more adventurous tricks.
This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy.
Producer: Toby Field
Editor: Dimitri Houtart
A BBC Audio Bristol production for Radio 4