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Tony Hawk's mistaken identity

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Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk has been the face of the sport for decades, yet sometimes people don’t recognize him. It’s happened so much he’s taken to Twitter to describe the lighter side of mistaken identity. (March 11)

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- Along the adventure, we'll learn from Goforth expert Tony Hawk.

TONY HAWK: Those are my real life experiences. You know, I get a lot because, well, when we were traveling I have to-- you have to show ID to travel and my ID-- my legal name is Anthony. Has been. I was never known by Anthony, but when people see my ID and they look at my face there's this sort of disconnect that happens because they might know my name but they don't think they're going to see this face get older because for them it's sort of frozen in time in the maybe early 2000s or even the '90s. And so somehow they don't make that connection and they're like, oh, you must be related to Tony Hawk. Or, you know, oh, this is Hawk like the skateboarder.

I mean, I have-- I have dozens of those interactions and I don't realize it's funny at the time. I think it's when I finally walk away and I get some distance from it is when I go, if someone had seen that, they wouldn't believe it. You know what I mean? If someone had seen that actually happen. And so that's what-- it became a thing I share on Twitter. It happened as recently as last week. I was in Hawaii. I was in the water surfing and this guy said, oh, anyone ever tell you you look like Tony Hawk? And I thought he was in on the joke, so I just said, no, but-- I said, yeah, but you're the first today. And he said, oh, man. If people ask you, you should sign his name like him. And then that's when I realized that he didn't think it was me.