Riley Hawk: 5 Greats

Thrasher Magazine 5 Greats Riley Hawk Portrait Header JOEY MADDON alter DZPhoto: Maddon

Shep Dawgs, gas-station dinners and advice from dad, Riley’s been in the game since birth and has the lists to prove it. Catch up with Baker’s six-stringin' round-rail master with this heavy feature from our May ‘22 issue.

All skate photos by Cribbs

Hard slams, long rails and the heavy sounds of Turnstile, Riley's new part brings the pain and the noise

  • Andrew Reynolds is my boss
  • Getting to be on a team with my favorite skaters
  • The block-letter boards
  • The artists
  • Beagle

  • What’s your last name?
  • Where’s your dad?
  • Who’s your dad?
  • What’s your dad up to?
  • How’s the coffee shop?

RileyHawk subhead EXCUSES NOT TO PARTY
  • Feeling good every day
  • Having mental clarity
  • Exercising
  • Making mistakes
  • Broken alarm-clock conversations

riley kickflip ov fence into bank DZ 2000“Is that a kickflip? Where’s your dad?” Over the fence

RileyHawk subhead MUSIC VENUES TO PLAY
  • Casbah
  • Johnny Brenda’s
  • Music Box
  • Larry’s Beach Club
  • Bigfoot Lodge

  • Water
  • Theragun
  • Yoga mat
  • Golf clubs
  • Jiu-Jitsu Gi

  • Warmed up
  • Crowded
  • Slippery
  • No flatbar or flat ledge
  • There is a demo

  • Riley Hawk 5 Greats pullquote Are you serious?!Riley Hawk Gap 50 50 Greats 750Propped tile to kinked frontside 50-50, Riley's no chicken

    • Fuck!
    • Kook!
    • What are you doing?!
    • Are you serious?!
    • Next fucking try!

    RileyHawk subhead EXCRUCIATING PAINS
    • Ankle ligaments
    • PRP shots
    • Knees to the face
    • Broken toe
    • Hot pockets

    RileyHawk subhead FOOD NEVER TO EAT
    • Raw tomatoes
    • Fast food
    • Chicken (I’m allergic)
    • Processed things
    • Milk

    riley back smith library DZTanked and cuffed on a poised back Smith

    RileyHawk subhead SHEP DAWG MOMENTS
    • Watching T-Spliff effortlessly destroy every spot while filming for the third video
    • Seeing Rowan become the best skateboarder ever
    • Living in a house with all of my best friends making skate videos while we were 18-20 years old
    • Getting the Shep Dawg block letters on a Baker board
    • Shep Dawgs Vol. 3

    RileyHawk subhead Absurd Purchases
    • Expensive records
    • Peloton bike
    • Motorcycles
    • Golf clubs
    • Food

    RileyHawk subhead MANIACS
    • Dustin Dollin
    • Pedro Delfino
    • Simon Bannerot
    • Jack O’Grady
    • Nate

    RileyHawk subhead BEVS
    • Water
    • Coffee
    • Green juice
    • Sparkling water
    • Tequila soda

    Riley Hawk Back Blunt 180 lip 750Bluntslide to lip in Austin, TX

    RileyHawk subhead MOVIES
    • Silence of the Lambs
    • Snatch
    • The Devil’s Rejects
    • House of 1000 Corpses
    • Batman Returns

    RileyHawk subhead YOUTUBE SEARCHES
    • Theo Von
    • Thrasher
    • KEXP
    • PGA
    • John Danaher

    RileyHawk subhead MEDICAL PROCEDURES
    • Right ankle surgery
    • Another right ankle surgery
    • Another right ankle surgery
    • Left ankle surgery
    • Collarbone surgery

    RileyHawk subhead DOCUMENTARIES
    • Supermensch
    • If I Leave Here Tomorrow
    • Dogtown and Z-Boys
    • Tiger
    • Minding the Gap

    riley grind o side blvd. DZBackside 50, out and down. Put the lotion in the basket

    • Larry David
    • Tiger Woods
    • Marlon “Chito” Vera
    • Ozzy Osbourne
    • Shep Gordon

    RileyHawk subhead DOG NAMES
    • Tim
    • Zeus
    • Lola
    • Rancher
    • Muddy

    RileyHawk subhead THRASHER COVERS
    • Jimmy Wilkins layback ollie, August ’21
    • Marc Johnson casper stall, November ’12
    • Any of Figgy’s
    • Jon Dickson switch flip, March ’12
    • Rick Howard getting water poured on him from an apartment above, July ’17

    Riley Hawk Back Tail 270 750Back tail 270 in Baca Country

    RileyHawk subhead COMBO TRICKS
    • Back Smith to back tail
    • Front blunt to fakie nosegrind
    • 5-0 to switch crook
    • Back lip to sugarcane
    • Feeble to hurricane

    RileyHawk subhead DITCH SPOTS
    • Fireside ditch
    • Home Ave.
    • Boulder City ditch with all the bank to bars
    • Perfect ditch by Bishop park
    • Chula Vista ditch

    riley hawk kickflip over channel tws DZChannel kickflip at a ditch that, sadly, did not make the top five

    RileyHawk subhead CHILDHOOD SKATE VIDEOS
    • Adio — One Step Beyond
    • Zero — Promo
    • In Bloom
    • Girl — Yeah Right!
    • Birdhouse — The End

    RileyHawk subhead WOMEN SKATERS
    • Marisa Dal Santo
    • Elissa Steamer
    • Breana Geering
    • Alexis Sablone
    • Rayssa Leal

    RileyHawk pullquote I'll eat at any restaurant he suggestsRiley Hawk Back Smith 5 Greats 750Headin' back from whence he came, back Smith up and around

    RileyHawk subhead ADVICE FROM DAD
    • “Always be genuine and take a second, because a small moment that may not mean much to you—a fan will remember for the rest of their lives.”
    • “A frontside air is not called a frontside Indy”
    • “You’re always going to hear stuff about yourself that isn’t true. You can’t let it get to you.”
    • When I was going to leave Birdhouse to skate for Baker he said, “Don’t just do it because you think it’s the cooler thing to do. Do it because it makes more sense financially and for your career.”
    • I’ll eat at any restaurant he suggests

    RileyHawk subhead LEAD GUITARISTS
    • Hendrix
    • Ron Asheton
    • Wayne Kramer
    • Jus Oborn
    • Isaiah Mitchell

    RileyHawk subhead GAS-STATION DINNERS
    • Beef jerky
    • Sparkling water
    • RXBAR
    • Pistachios
    • Chobani yogurt

    RileyHawk subhead CONCERTS YOU WISH YOU SAW
    • Sabbath — Paris, 1970
    • Any Hendrix
    • Joy Division
    • Early Wu-Tang
    • Metallica with Cliff Burton

    RileyHawk subhead ITEMS ON THE BUCKET LIST
    • Skate as long as I can
    • Learn to skate vert better
    • Go back to Japan
    • Stay physically and mentally healthy
    • Have fun

    riley feeble race track DZFeeble as long as you can. That’s the secret
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