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.
Santorini and Athens, Greece
"We went to Santorini because my wife and I saw a picture and I pointed to it and said, 'We have to go there,'" says Hawk, who spent his time on the island hanging out with family and locals. The laid-back atmosphere on the famously scenic island made the trip a real break from Hawk's hectic life, but the skater also enjoyed a quick jaunt into the chaos of Athens. Hawk "dug the Acropolis."
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