Preface: If you just want to skip to the podcast episode, here’s the link

The first book I really read – and I mean every page, not the spark notes – was Hawk: Occupation Skateboarder. I was 12 or so and just figured out that books could be rad if I got to choose them, instead of my teachers.

From that day forward skateboarding was my favorite sport and Tony Hawk was my favorite Athlete.

What I didn’t learn, until about 2 months ago while listening to The Kyle Thiermann Show, was that Tony has a brother.

Steve Hawk | @stevehawk6211

Steve Hawk (@stevehawk6211) was the Editor of Surfer magazine from 1990 to 1998, and a Contributing Editor since 2004.

Steve moved on to become the editorial director of Surfline/Swell.com, from 1999 to 2001, he then helped start the Tony Hawk Foundation, a charitable group co-founded by Steve’s younger brother Tony.

He helped write the surf-themed HBO show John From Cincinnati (2007), and since 2009 has been the Executive Editor of Sierra, the Sierra Club’s bi-monthly magazine.

Hawk has written surf-related freelance articles for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Outside, and Harper’s. He is the author of Waves (2005), and helped ghostwrite Tony Hawk’s How Did I Get Here: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO (2005). Hawk won a 2012 Maggie Award for “The Cost of Coal,” a Sierra magazine exposé into the coal industry. 

Steve and Kyle have an awesome podcast together – highly recommend you pop it on for an hour and dabble!