Sensei and student
August 28, 2020

Tony Hawk teaching 12-year-old Sky Brown how to skate the mega ramp is your feel-good (but very scary) video of the week

In a week where sports and things far more important than sports collided for what seems like the millionth time this year, you’ve probably been feeling a lot of things. Sadness, inspiration, frustration, confusion, and perhaps, though it’s not always easy to admit, the need to turn it all off for like 15 seconds and enjoy something that is simply, purely good. Funnily enough, that video has already been kicking around the internet courtesy of one Tony Hawk, who was asked to help 12-year-old Sky Brown learn how to skate the mega ramp and happily obliged. Needless to say, if this whole skateboarding thing doesn’t work out, maybe Hawk has a future in the classroom.

That’s just the very first drop-in, however. You can check out the entire edit, including Sky Brown’s full line on the backyard mega, here.

When we were 12, we were lucky if we were pulling this off on ‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.’ Sky Brown is doing it for real (and with capital-S Style) and deserves like 90% of the credit here. That said, it’s pretty cool that Hawk, four decades and however many millions of dollars into his skating career, is still willing to come out and teach kids how to do the things he pioneered. Sure, his advice essentially extends to “you got it,” but sometimes that’s all kids need to hear. Plus, his own son Riley Hawk is also a pro skateboarder, so you know he was doing something right.

Anyway, there you go. There’s your little five-minute slice of feel good. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to get back to our regularly scheduled cynicism before someone notices we're gone.