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.
Region outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hawk visited Ethiopia earlier this year on behalf of Charity:Water, helping women in small towns lug water from communal wells to their villages. He said the experience was as positive as it was unexpected. "I never imagined myself going there, so it was great to have a catalyst to visit," says Hawk. "I got to go to some of the smaller cities outside Addis, and the people were so excited to have visitors." Hawk stayed at the Gheralta Lodge, a well-appointed inn at the foot of the looming Gheralta Mountains and close to one of the world's oldest churches. One of the biggest surprises: the surfeit of excellent Italian food, a tasty remnant of the country's colonial era.
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