The History of Birdhouse
In 1992, at a time in skateboard history when the business of skateboarding was looking bleak, Tony Hawk did the unthinkable…he started a skateboard company. Originally named Birdhouse Projects, it was founded on the premise that, if you love something, you support it and and nurture it. You put the best, most dedicated team of skateboarders together and you do what you love…skateboard. And 24 years later, Birdhouse is still thriving, with one of the best teams in the sport, built on respect, camaraderie, authenticity and a love for what they do.
Through the years, the team has included some of the most famous names in skateboarding. Lead by Tony Hawk in the beginning, the team featured Jeremy Klein, Steve Berra, and Willy Santos. Later it was Ocean Howell, Matt Beach, Paul Zitzer, Andrew Reynolds, Brian Sumner, Steve Nesser, Bucky Lasek and Heath Kirchart who made waves. They toured all over the world, were featured in the wildly successful Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games, and delivered some of the most iconic and memorable video parts in skate history in Birdhouse’s The End and Feasters.
Today, the Birdhouse team features some of the most respected and visible names in the sport, plastered on the covers of Thrasher, The Skateboard Mag and TransWorld Skateboarding magazines, touring the world, winning Thrasher’s King of the Road two years in a row, and racking up video views on The Ride Channel, Thrasher and The Berrics.
Of course the Birdhouse team will always begin and end with Tony Hawk, arguably the most recognizable action sports athlete in the history of the genre. As an athlete, his accomplishments are unparalleled: 12-time world champion, 16-time X Games medalist, first skateboarder to complete the 900 and inventor of nearly 100 tricks. The list goes on. As an iconic athlete and a role model, Tony is also one of the most sought after product endorsers, public speaker and entrepreneurs in the world. With a social media following numbering in the millions, Tony is as recognizable as it gets.
But this team isn’t built on history.
The 2016 Birdhouse team is built on pure, modern skateboarding with some of the most prominent skaters in the sport. Innovators, future legends, and fan favorites make this team one of the most respected and well-liked in skateboarding.
Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Ben Raybourn, David Loy, Shawn Hale, Clint Walker, Clive Dixon, Mike Davis, Lizzie Armanto and Elliot Sloan.
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