If Tony Hawk decided to take bets on what his son, Riley, would grow up to be, I'm sure the odds on 'professional skateboarder' wouldn't have paid out much. Considering his father is perhaps the best known skateboarder ever (thanks mostly to his canon of skateboarding video games), it only seems right that Riley would walk (or more accurately skate) in his father's footsteps.
However, as a new video for TransWorld SKATEboarding shows, Riley hasn't just skitched on the back of his old man's success. In fact, the 22-year-old is now paving his own way into professional skateboarding with his own style - something Tony Hawk is only too proud to announce.
Although Tony Hawk is best known for his massive vert tricks - the most famous of which is the hallowed '900' - Riley has taken on more of a street style, complete with massive grinds that are almost as ridiculous as the ones you can pull in his dad's exaggerated video games. Check it out below:
Despite the fact this might be the first time many of you have seen Riley in action, he is in fact churning out videos like he's on some kind of Fordist assembly line, including his own Shep Dawgs video series.
He has also taken even more steps to ensure he's not simply seen as "Tony Hawk's son." This includes, amongst other things, quitting his dad's skateboarding company, Birdhouse, to take up a sponsorship with Baker. Here he is discussing his Baker deck in another video for TransWorld:
Given what we saw in the first video, that skateboard probably won't be looking like that pristine in a few days.
Of course, Riley hasn't completely abandoned his father's franchise. In fact, he appeared in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD and is also set to appear in the upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 when it hits the shelves on September 29, 2015. At least that will save him from the rigmarole of making himself in the 'Create-A-Skater' mode. I wish I could have done that...