Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 Renaming "Mute Air" For Cool Reasons

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 Renaming "Mute Air" For Cool Reasons

They want to better honor the man who created it.

pocru by pocru on Aug 13, 2020 @ 04:59 AM (Staff Bios)
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2020 has offered far more bad news than good, which is why it’s important to cling to the good news we can find. Which is why so many people have been so excited that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 are currently in the process of being remade, with the same authentic levels, music, and characters we all know and love from the late '90s and early '00s. Heck, you can even play a two-minute demo of the iconic Warehouse level right now, if you’re so inclined.

But not everything will be exactly the same – some things will be improved. And in this case, it’s the kind of heartwarming improvement that’s bound to make ya smile: the Tony Hawk team will be renaming the “Mute Grab” to better represent and honor the man who created it.

Tony Hawk has the whole story posted on his Instagram feed:

For nearly 40 years, we’ve shamelessly referred to this trick as the “mute” air/grab. Here is the backstory: around 1981, a deaf skater and Colton skatepark local named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit. The “Indy” air had just been created & named so somebody proposed that grabbing with the front hand should be known as the “Tracker” air. Others countered that Chris was the first to do, so it should be named after him. 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. In recent years a few people have reached out to Chris (who still skates) about this trick and the name it was given. 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. 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. His exact quote to me was “I am deaf, not mute.” So as we embark on the upcoming @tonyhawkthegame demo release, some of you might notice a trick name change: The Weddle Grab. It’s going to be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name but I think Chris deserves the recognition. Thanks to @darrick_delao for being a great advocate to the deaf community in action sports, and for being the catalyst in this renaming process. I told Chris recently and his reply was “I’m so stoked!” And then he shot this photo in celebration yesterday.


Beautiful. I’m glad to see Tony Hawk remains a cool customer even though he might be a touch past his prime.

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