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.
Hawk has spent a lot of time in Japan over the years and says that despite the popularity of skate culture, he is rarely recognized. The counter-culture element of skating resonates with Japanese youth, but, as Hawk points out, there is little space for actual skating, so the clothes are a bigger deal than vert prowess. He's a particular fan of Tokyo, and says wandering the city "was always something I wanted my kids to experience because, from an American perspective, it is like walking into a video game." Tony Hawk knows about video games.
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