For the last 31 years, Tony Hawk has been the international face of skateboarding. In that time, the 45-year-old California native has put on some serious miles, competing regularly in Europe and South America before becoming an X Games commentator. Time on the road has done nothing to dampen the Birdman's appetite for travel. He's a busy dude – when he's not commentating, he's helping run the RideChannel on YouTube – who makes himself busier still by embarking on regular trips with his rather sprawling family, a seven-person (or eight, depending on his older son's girlfriend situation) contingent of contradictory needs and ideas. And yes, he's bringing all of them to Munich for this week's 2013 Summer X Games, which you can catch live on ESPN and the ESPN website.
Hawk told 'Men's Journal' about his favorite destinations for family trips, his work with Charity:Water, and why children and Vegas mix surprisingly well.
Iguazú Falls, Iguazú National Park, Brazil
Brazilians love skating and Hawk loves Brazil, but he has some issues with the country's most famous city: "I got held up at knifepoint in Rio so I guess I can't recommend it." Hawk suggests leaving Ipanema behind and heading south toward the border with Uruguay, where nature gets downright grandiose. "Iguazú is like Niagara Falls times 10 and less touristy," says Hawk. "It is totally insane and I'd never heard of it before I was standing there, so it came as a shock."
Credit: Courtesy Tony Hawk