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THROWING THE INDUSTRY FOR A LOOP

Legendary skateboarder David Hackett has never been afraid to prove people wrong. Whether it's his death-defying stunts in this extreme sport or overcoming an addition to drugs and alcohol, "Hackman" has spent nearly six decades beating the odds.

At 15, he won the Hang Ten World Championships. At 18, he snared the U.S. Open Bowl and Pool Riding championships. At 19, he starred in the first-ever action sports TV program with overall World Champion Tony Alva. And he continues to compete -- and win -- today. At 45, Hackett beat more than 30 competitors half his age to win the European Skateboard Racing Championships in Sweden and at 47, he became the oldest rider in history to conquer Tony Hawk's Loop of Death (above).

Hackett's road has not been smooth, though. He survived a motorcycle accident and Stage 4 colon cancer, and kicked a 20-year addition to drugs and alcohol, a fight he says he still has to commit to every day.
We visited Hackman at his Encinitas, California home to talk about life, love and art (he designs skateboard graphics for himself and other legendary riders, and creates unique abstract art using his skateboard to paint). We asked him what's next, and to share his takeaway for others who may want to follow in his footsteps -- literally, in the sport of skateboarding, or not!

Get those answers and much more in our new issue of Growing Bolder Magazine.
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