Ever since then we followed each other, knew each other, and we'd chat occasionally. The most recent one was published from New York Times. Renca: Your name is really getting out there from Tony Hawk recognizing you for your skateboarding move. So it became known as the mute air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth. I think that is a cool idea! His exact quote to me was ‘I am deaf, not mute.’”, Weddle, now 54, said he was “stoked” about the change, according to Hawk. • This article was amended on 25 August 2020 to better describe the “mute grab”. The trick has been widely known throughout skating culture for decades. If you wouldn’t mind sharing the story of your persistence. The game’s official trailer is available to watch below. I tried once and I fell down and hurt my elbow. “He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honored his legacy, as he is deaf but not lacking speech.”. Let us know in the comments below. “I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the ‘deaf’ or ‘Weddle’ grab if given the choice,” Hawk says. “So as we embark on the upcoming @tonyhawkthegame demo release, some of you might notice a trick name change: The Weddle Grab,” Hawk says. Tony Hawk explains: “There was a TWS article with a feature on Japan around ’84. For those that pre-order the game, you’ll get access to an exclusive demo of the revamped game starting Friday, Aug. 14. Mute Air. And he agreed with me, so I made a big call for change. The celebration on the ramp quickly snowballed into newspaper and television coverage which helped make Tony Hawk a household name. Hawk admits that breaking the habit of saying the former name may be difficult for some, but he feels it’s a necessary change. However, a recent conversation with Weddle has led Hawk and the Pro Skater team to rename the mute air. The rider spins 900 degrees backside in the air, usually while grabbing Mute Air. Here is the backstory: around 1981, a deaf skater and Colton skatepark local named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit. For almost 40 years, the “mute grab” has been part of a skateboarder’s bag of tricks: the lead hand grabs the toe side of the board between their feet. In the Instagram post, Hawk explains about one skateboard trick that has always been called the “mute” air/grab because it was named after a deaf man (Chris). “His exact quote to me was ‘I am deaf, not mute.'”. So, Hawk and the Pro Skater team are fulfilling his wishes and renaming the mute air the “Weddle” grab. They referred to him as the “quiet, mute guy.” So it became known as the mute air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth. He was telling this to Tony Hawk for three years about this and I had no idea. Chris: Eh...I knew it was my move, but I accepted it as a trick. Renca: And what was the response like with Tony, and how did that feel? Remember, no more “mute!” Thank you to Darrick, and Tony Hawk! When I got there, most of my friends were around four, five years older than me. He got in touch with me through Zoom with an interpreter. “He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honoured his legacy, as he is hearing impaired but not lacking speech. Giving hint after hint. Unlike many of the deep investigative skate nerd mysteries we tackle here at Origins, this one is as clear-cut as they come. Skaters and competition was such a small circle. In the Instagram post, Hawk explains about one skateboard trick that has always been called the “mute” air/grab because it was named after a deaf man (Chris). The move was coined after a competition in ‘81. He believes that it will bring more diverse people with different talents to the Deaflympics. Renca: How did you know that Chris was the inventor of the mute grab? I support you all! Goldfinger’s “Superman” inspired the title for the forthcoming Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 documentary. They referred to him as the ‘quiet, mute guy’. However, he has always had a slight issue with the name the community decided on. Thanks to @darrick_delao for being a great advocate to the deaf community in action sports, and for being the catalyst in this renaming process. A remake of Hawk’s eponymous videogames, to be released in early September, will be the first place the new name is used, with the hope it will catch on among the wider community. However, many were quick to point out that Weddle was the first to land the move. One is that Darrick says that studies from a various places including University of Southern California (USC) show skateboarding help fight against racism. Now, the trick is being renamed to better honour its inventor, Chris Weddle, a deaf skater who was never actually mute in the first place. Hawk had a recent conversation with Weddle who revealed the name he wished the trick was called instead. But now, everything is wide open and it’s great. It was originally named after Chris Weddle, a deaf skater who landed the trick first. It was never anything serious or intense, it was just casual stuff about other Instagram posts related to skateboarding like grabs, and so on. Machine Gun Kelly, FIDLAR, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger and Sublime are among those featured on the game’s soundtrack. Well, back in the day I started at a mainstream school at University High School then I went to Riverside (CSDR) for three years. For roughly a decade, Juliet Simms and Andy Biersack have dominated as the sweethearts of our corner of the music community, sharing an undeniable connection not only as artists but as soulmates. To the Deaf community, now you know who I am! And the interview went really well. Then it was about a month ago, it was announced that Tony Hawk’s new Pro Skater game was coming out, and that there would be one small change. So, the term “mute” featured in the skate trick’s name was something that never felt representative of him. You can follow Chris and Darrick on Instagram. When I met him, I explained a little bit about Deaf culture and we started a friendship… Four, five years ago. We talked and he told me so much about what happened, it was awesome! It is arguably the most widely covered trick in the history of skateboarding, as Tony Hawk landed it for the first time at the 1999 X-Games following the best trick competition. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/us/usc-skateboarding-study.html, https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/inside-the-issues/2020/07/24/how-skateboarding-culture-can-help-fight-racism, https://www.optimistdaily.com/2020/06/fighting-racism-on-wheels-skateboarding-and-racial-justice/ https://pullias.usc.edu/blog/groundbreaking-study-redefines-skateboarding-culture/, (https://www.instagram.com/darrick_delao/, https://www.optimistdaily.com/2020/06/fighting-racism-on-wheels-skateboarding-and-racial-justice/, https://pullias.usc.edu/blog/groundbreaking-study-redefines-skateboarding-culture/. Thank you Chris and Darrick for your time. For Weddle, he is deaf but is still able to speak. He felt a little embarrassed and he was sorry. It was really nice! Indy Grab Melon Grab Nose Grab Mute Grab Tail Grab Stalefish Grab Yeah, so with combo tricks and everything and then you make that grab, that name shows up on the screen. After forty years, the name has finally been changed to “The Weddle Grab” to honor Chris and … A skateboarder in Barcelona last month. The “Mute Grab” was being changed to “The Weddle Grab”. And it just stuck for so long, almost 40 years. What are your thoughts on the mute air getting renamed to the Weddle grab? Hawk further shares that Weddle “has been very gracious” about having a trick named after him. And Chris was like 10 years older than me. In recent years a few people have reached out to Chris (who still skates) about this trick and the name it was given. Using your momentum and the ramp to propel into the air. And this change happened at the right time. The mute air involves a skater to use their front hand to grab the toe side of their skateboard between their feet as they turn backside. Darrick: Yes! Last month, we learned that over 30 new songs are included in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. Earlier this week, Hawk shared a lengthy Instagram post explaining the decision. So I was there and I met Tony, there was a lot of conversation going on. I want to see a video from Chris teaching us how to do it the right way! So it honors my deaf friend, the originator of that move which is why it needed a better name. About two weeks ago, a famous skateboarder Tony Hawk, apologized and recognized a deaf skateboarder named Chris Weddle on Instagram. “In recent years a few people have reached out to Chris (who still skates) about this trick and the name it was given,” Hawk continues. Was he really apologetic, or...how did Tony respond to that quote you said, “I am deaf, not mute”, what did Tony say about that? 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2' arrives Sept. 4. We were in similar circles and always saw each other, but we never really talked much. After forty years, the name has finally been changed to “The Weddle Grab” to honor Chris and his invention of that trick.