Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All rights reserved. He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honored his legacy, as he is deaf but not lacking speech.”. Falling and messing up is part of the journey, and it only makes the battle to land a trick all the more rewarding. The casual violence and bodily harm of those early skateboarding videos was reflected in the original version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Tony Hawk is renaming the mute air/grab to the "Weddle grab" in honor of the deaf skater who created it. All rights reserved. Announced via Tony Hawk’s Instagram page in mid-August, a trick once called the “mute” air/grab has been changed to the “Weddle” air/grab in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. It is inclusive, but it’s not inclusive enough. He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honored his legacy, as he is hearing impaired but not lacking speech. Hawk wrote. This small change speaks to how, as a culture, skateboarding no longer romanticizes gnarly falls, instead focusing more on the tricks. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. "His exact quote to me was 'I am deaf, not mute.'". He said that around 1981, shortly after the Indy air trick had been created, someone proposed that a similar move grabbing with the front hand should be called the "tracker air." All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS. ", Hawk wrote that while Weddle has been "very gracious in his response" when asked about the trick, it was obvious that a "different name would have honored his legacy.". About two weeks ago, a famous skateboarder Tony Hawk, apologized and recognized a deaf skateboarder named Chris Weddle on Instagram. Skateboarding has come a long way since the boys’ club atmosphere of the 1990s and early 2000s. After forty years, the name has finally been changed to “The Weddle Grab” to honor … None of the clothing, hairstyles, or the like are tied to the gender of your skater — clothes are just clothes, hair is just hair, and so on. Disclaimer. But, as Tony Hawk’s Instagram post explained, “They referred to him as the ‘quiet, mute guy.’ So it became known as the mute air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth. "They referred to him as the 'quiet, mute guy.'" But she is no longer the only non-male skater in the game’s roster. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? In a way, the remake feels like slipping on a rerelease of a classic shoe. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. “I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the ‘deaf’ or ‘Weddle’ grab if given the choice. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 also pushes against how skateboarding has long been (and sadly still often is) a boys’ club. “For nearly 40 years, we’ve shamelessly referred to this trick as the ‘mute’ air/grab,” Hawk explained on Instagram. For nearly 40 years, we've shamelessly referred to this trick as the "mute" air/grab. When players bail, there is a visual rewind-pixelation effect. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. It's never too late to make things right.”. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. But skateboarding has been around long enough that, now, there are famous older skaters who are open and honest about what skateboarding has done to their bodies. However, others pointed out that Weddle was the first to pull off the move, so it should be named after him. 'It’s going to be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name but I think Chris deserves the recognition', Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. His exact quote to me was "I am deaf, not mute." Indy Grab Melon Grab Nose Grab Mute Grab Tail Grab Stalefish Grab Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc.2018. The classic skaters in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 have been visually rendered in the way they look today. "So, it became known as the mute air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth. Using your momentum and the ramp to propel into the air. This week, the professional skateboarder revealed the mute grab, which sees a skater using their front hand to grab the skateboard between their feet as … The trick was originated by a Deaf skater named Chris Weddle in 1981, and some other skaters had intended to name the trick after him. It grounds the Tony Hawk games in the skateboarding culture of today, and it does so for the better. In the Instagram post, Hawk explains about one skateboard trick that has always been called the “mute” air/grab … Or you can ollie to your grab. This small change speaks magnitudes in how, when proper precautions are taken, it is possible to skate far into one’s life. Updated 1907 GMT (0307 HKT) August 13, 2020. (CNN)Pro skating legend Tony Hawk is formally changing the name of an iconic skateboarding move in order to honor the deaf skater who created it. It also shows how skateboarding is more than just videos, shoes, and pieces of wood with some wheels. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. All rights reserved. For nearly 40 years, we've shamelessly referred to this trick as the "mute" air/grab. I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the "deaf" or "Weddle" grab if given the choice.