Skater Royalty

Do you love to ollie, grind, and shove it? Is your stance goofy? Does the number 360 seem way too small? Well, we're not entirely sure what all of that means, but this Sunday, we know where to find a few people who do. Namely, Tony Hawk and his crew, who are kicking off the Birdhouse Skateboards MIAtoNYC Tour. Skateboarding pros such as Hawk, Kevin Staab, and Willy Santos -- along with Birdhouse team amateurs Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Riley Hawk, Shawn Hale, Clint Walker, David Loy, Shaun Gregoire, and Elliot Sloan -- will invade Westwind Lakes Skate Park. And you can skate beside them inside the park. The demos will focus on street skating, a style of skateboarding that involves using items on paved surfaces, in schools, or in malls as obstacles. You'll see the guys use anything from stairs, curbs, ledges, or handrails. And if you're a die-hard skater, as we obviously are, you can follow the tour to places such as Virginia Beach and New York City to watch them take on the big-daddy halfpipes. Look out for free swag from sponsors Quiksilver, Tech Deck, and Skull Candy. Westwind will fire up the barbecue, so come hungry.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2 p.m., 2011

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