LEWISTON — Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk dropped in Monday at the local skate park, showing off his grabs and other cool moves to the delight of hundreds of teenagers, their parents and other gawkers.
The stop was apparently the last for Hawk and his Birdhouse Team on a tour of 10 in the Northeast, according to Jodd Bowles, a founding member of the committee that created the park that opened in 2006.
"My first reaction, I was shocked," said Dylan Dunne, 15, of Auburn. "It was really shocking for me. I've watched everything he's done. He's like the best skateboarder around."
Dunne, an avid inline skater, said he rushed over to the skate park with a friend after receiving more than 10 text messages on his cell phone that the world famous skateboarder had rolled into Lewiston. Just missing the performance on the half-pipes, Dunne said he went over and sat outside the tour bus and waited for his chance to catch a glimpse of Hawk.
Lady Luck was on Dunne's side as Hawk emerged from the bus to hang out and sign autographs for his eager fans. The Edward Little High School sophomore was the first in line to meet Hawk, shake his hand and get his picture taken with the skating legend known for his signature "900" move. Hawk is thought to be the first skateboarder to ever master three spins in the air.
Sponsors erected tents overlooking the park and gave away clothing and other promotional goodies to onlookers.
Sporting a red T-shirt and black helmet, Hawk, who is well-known through his video games as well as his board skills, spent more than an hour in the park, navigating the smooth cement curves, ramps and ledges.
A participant in the tour seeking driving directions from New Hampshire alerted officials at the city's Department of Recreation to Hawk's unexpected appearance.
"We found out about it this morning," said Administrative Assistant Claudette Jordan. "He did donate $10,000 to the skate park, so that's why he's here."