Title Tony Hawk: Famous skateboarder backs Portrush skatepark calls Media name/outlet BBC News Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 28/04/23 Description One of the world's most famous skateboarders, Tony Hawk, has backed calls for a skatepark in Portrush, County Antrim.
He was speaking at a conference in San Diego, California, when he gave his support to the decades-long campaign.
He said a facility would be used from sun up to sundown and that there were more people interested in the sport than is often realised.
"There's a lot of stigma attached to skateboarding," he said.
"It's all very antiquated but if you dig deep you will see there are these people and skaters who have a passion for what they do."
Mr Hawk was responding to a question by an Ulster University academic on how skateboarders can be taken seriously as users of public space on the north coast.
Videos which highlighted the experiences of skaters in Portrush were also shown at the conference.
Producer/Author Maria McCann URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-65380085 Persons Jim Donaghey