Growing up in the sport, Riley Hawk began skating at a young age. He quickly adapted to the board and started pulling tricks that skaters his father’s age were having trouble with. As Riley grew up, street skating became his priority and he progressed quickly. His well-rounded abilities have helped him excel in contests while pushing his skating and level of fun to new places. During the last few years he has sprouted into a lanky young adult with a polished style and an obvious desire and confidence to push himself even further. His recent focus has been on shooting great photos and video footageand spending time on the road. His hard work has paid off, with The Skateboard Mag naming him Amateur Skater of the Year for 2013. In December of 2013, Riley Hawk turned pro.
Never one for the spotlight, his unassuming, mellow
demeanor belies a wealth of talent, and the staggering
amounts of footage he’s been putting out over the last
few years have made him one of the most talked-about
pros in skateboarding, whether he likes it or not.
–ESPN Real Street profile
Riley is competing in the Men’s Street Skateboarding competition and the Real Street all-video competition at X Games Austin. Definitely the one to beat in street, Riley’s set are creative, competitive and often mind blowing. Austinites will love Riley’s obsession with music- he is fast becoming known for setting his street video parts to incredible music, from old-school psych rock to local up-and-coming rock acts.
Real Street is an all-video competition that allows street skaters to do what they do best. The 16 chosen finalists have each submitted a one minute video segment of their best work on the actual street: showcasing tricks on stairs, handrails, walls, ramps, any and all obstacles these guys can jump on, skate down or flip over. The video “part” has become the most popular platform for street skaters to share their work, become known to fans, get sponsorships and go pro.
The Real Street lineup is an eclectic array of pro and amateur skaters with all different styles from multiple age groups. The video segments will be judged by a panel of leading skateboard experts, and the winner will be awarded a $50,000 prize. The top three will be awarded gold, silver and bronze X Games medals at a ceremony at the June games. In addition, fans will vote online for Fan Favorite- a $10,000 award.