Solana Santa Fe Elementary School was treated to a special guest during morning assembly on Friday, May 21, when skateboarder Tony Hawk swung by.
Hawk, a Torrey Pines High School alum, talked to the students about the importance of following their dreams.
"Do what you love to do, even if it's something that's not considered cool," Hawk said. "Be happy and enjoy what you do, that's important."
Hawk said skateboarding was not considered cool when he started the sport at age 9.
"It was the equivalent of playing yo-yo," Hawk said.
Despite being picked on for his sport of choice, he kept at it, inventing new tricks and challenges for himself. He said he loved it so much that he ignored all the people who said there was no future in it.
Following his passion led him to worldwide recognition for his X-Games medals, a successful video game franchise, and his own skateboarding gear and apparel lines. He recently traveled to China for a skating event.
"Thirty years later I'm still skating," said Hawk. "I can't believe the opportunities it's given me."
For his special visit, principal Julie Norby made Hawk an official Coyote, giving him a school sweatshirt he could wear while he rides.