Since then, he's pulled off the trick of tricks numerous times, even nailing it last year at the ripe old age of 42. Tony Hawk is a hero, basically.
But though there's no doubting his legendary status, he has been shown up a bit recently. Just take a look at this clip of a 12-year-old kid called Tom Schaar pulling off a - you guessed it - 1080.
That's three full revolutions on the board, in mid-air. That's incredible. Of course Master Schaar here is aided by a huge ramp to take him down to the quarter pipe, as well as his small stature and weight.
Still, we don't mean to to the little lad down - he's done something truly amazing and we're incredibly jealous. But just to remind you of the man that changed extreme sports forever, here's Mr. Hawk himself pulling off the original trick of tricks for the first time over a decade ago.