Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 and 2 will update the name of the “dumb” to honor the move’s creator, Chris Weddle.
Tony Hawk took to Instagram to explain the reasons for the change, referring to the inventor of the move. When the boy was originally named in 1981, it was debuted by Weddle, who is deaf. The trick was thus named after riders on a roundabout and ultimately incorrectly. Society at the time “referred to him as the” quiet, dumb guy, “Hawk explained in a recent social media post.
“So it became known as the dumb air, and we all went with it in our naive youth,”
As the years passed, Hawk continued to chat with Weddle – who is still skating – about the trick and its origins.
“He has been very gracious in his response but it is clear that another name would have honored his legacy, as he is hearing impaired but lacks speech,” Hawk said.
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For almost 40 years we have shamelessly referred to this trick as the “dumb” air / grip. Here’s the backstory: around 1981, a deaf skier and Colton skatepark local named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit. The “Indy” air had just been created and named so someone suggested grabbing the forehand would be called the “Tracker” air. Others objected that Chris was the first to do so, so it would be named after him. They referred to him as “quiet, dumb guy.” So it became known as the silent air, and we all went with it in our naive youth. In recent years, a few have approached Chris (who is still skating) about this trick and the name of it. He has been very gracious in his response, but it is obvious that another name would have honored his legacy, as he is hearing impaired but lacks speech. I asked him last year when I dived into trick origins and he said he would rather have called it the “deaf” or “Weddle” grip if he got the choice. His exact quote to me was “I am deaf, not dumb.” So as we begin with the upcoming @tonyhawkthegame demo release, some of you may be noticing a trick name change: The Weddle Grab. It will be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name but I think Chris deserves the recognition. Thanks to @darrick_delao for being a great advocate for the deaf community in action sports and for being the catalyst in this name change process. I said Chris tecently and his response was “I’m so stoked!” And then he photographed this photo in the celebration yesterday. : @yousta_storytellers_club
Weddle told Hawk that he “would rather call it the ‘deaf’ or ‘Weddle’ grip if given the choice,” because he was not dumb in the first place. And so, in the coming games, the name will change to “The Weddle Grab”, much to Weddle’s approval.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be released on September 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. A demo is coming soon, which our reviewer described as “Tony Hawks Pro Skater I Remember.”