Skating legend Tony Hawk will be showing off his skills at the Australian Grand Prix

The world’s richest and most famous skateboarder, Tony Hawk, will take off-track excitement to new heights when he brings his ‘Tony Hawk and Friends Vert Jam’ sessions to the 2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Across each of the four days of the Grand Prix at Albert Park, the American will be joined by some of the best skaters from around the world at the Action Zone, where they will entertain the crowds with a variety of tricks on a massive vertical ramp.

A big fan of Formula One, Hawk said he is looking forward to being part of all the action in Melbourne, when it plays host to the Formula 1 season-opener in mid-March.

“I have a huge passion for action sports and Formula One is no exception – I can’t wait to get to Melbourne and experience it up close,” he said.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said Hawk is the perfect entertainment fit for the Formula One event.

Tony Hawk“There are a number of similarities between Hawk and F1 drivers – they’re the best in their given field, they’re not afraid of hard work, they have great skill, and to add to the entertainment factor, they’re fearless too,” he said today.

“I can guarantee that fans will be left in awe after witnessing Hawk’s show stopping tricks! This is a big addition to the Grand Prix.”

Hawk is known as a pioneer of skateboarding – at 14 he turned professional and by 16 he was the best competitive skateboarder in the world. By 25, he’d competed in 103 pro contests, winning 73 and placing second in a further 19. He was crowned Vertical Skating World Champion 12 years in a row.

Hawk catapulted into mainstream celebrity in 1999 at the X Games when he became the first skateboarder ever to land the 900, a trick that had eluded him for 10 years.

Since then he has built a skateboarding empire which includes video games, extreme sports exhibitions and tours, skate equipment and clothing.

Hawk has also given back to the community, with the Tony Hawk Foundation donating more than $US4 million to 525 skate park projects in underprivileged areas throughout the United States.

The ‘Tony Hawk and Friends Vert Jam’ sessions are free for all 2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix ticket holders.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.