Tony Hawk talks to omg!. (WireImage)
Back when fabled pro skateboarder Tony Hawk was a kid, making a living in skateboarding seemed like a far-fetched option for the future. But times have changed, thanks, in part, to the trailblazing 44-year-old himself, who, after going pro as a teenager, has become one of the most famous skateboarders in the world and helped turned skateboarding not just into a sport, but an entire industry.
"When I started, it was almost impossible to make a career out of it and now it's a legitimate career," Hawk tells omg! from Yahoo!. "There are all kinds of different ways to go about making a career in it now, either competitively or artistically, you know, videographers, things like that. It's definitely for the better."
But the biggest change? "It's an accepted form of sport for kids and parents encourage it. When I was a kid, no parents wanted their kids skating."
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