Tony Hawk began skateboarding at age 9. By the age of 12, he was winning amateur contests. At 14, he turned professional, and by the time he turned 16 years of age he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. When 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 retired from competition in 1999, though he continues to perform skate demos and exhibitions around the world.