Without a trusted face to vouchsafe my presence it is just as I, a confirmed townie, imagined. After he hitchhiked around Ireland with a fridge for a bet, his book Round Ireland with a Fridge sold more than 800,000 copies; another wager, that involved tracking down the 1997 Moldovan national football team and playing them individually at tennis (he was trying to prove that most people, including sportsmen, are only really good at one thing) inspired – you guessed it – Playing the Moldovans at Tennis. Now he has given up his life in London and moved to a village on the edge of Dartmoor – and written a book about it, with the for him profoundly elliptical title Once Upon a Time in the West… He doesn’t want to say exactly where in the West Country. I was still picking bits of badger off the grille of my car for days afterwards.As the iron latch on the weathered oak door clinks shut, the fireside chatter pauses and ruddy faces look around. “I don’t want to name the village because of what happened to Peter Mayle after he wrote his book about moving to Provence.At age 12 he was winning amateur contests throughout California, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world.By the time he was 25, he’d competed in 103 pro contests, winning 73 of them and placing second in 19—a record that will almost certainly never be matched.Tony Hawk was age 9 when his older brother gave him a blue fiberglass skateboard, chipped and scratched from years of use.The first time Tony stepped on it and rolled down an alley behind the family’s house in San Diego, there was no epiphany, no revelation …Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles, published by Activision.
He was born in a place called Carlsbad, which lies in California of United States of America.Tony Hawks is late for our meeting in his local pub. “Sorry I’m late,” Hawks says, arriving shortly afterwards, squeezing his 6ft 3in frame under wooden beams originally built to accommodate undernourished medieval yokels subsisting on half a turnip a day.And that means I must enter this quaint Devon village boozer alone. Hawks made his name with a strikingly literal literary double-bill.They introduced Hawks to London-born half-Filipino Fran. Soon after, Hawks was on holiday with Fran in the Philippines when he woke up at 3am. After 30 years he wanted to leave London and move to the country.“I woke Fran up but she thought I was having a bad dream,” he says.