Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will update the name of the “mute game” to honor the creator of the move, Chris Weddle.
Tony Hawk took to Instagram to explain the reason for the change, citing the inventor of the move. When the name was originally named in 1981, it was launched by Weddle, a person with hearing loss. So this trick is named after a skater in a detour and ultimately confused. Hawk explained in a recent social media post.
“So it called air mute, and we all went with it in our innocent youth,” he continued.
As the years passed, Hawk continued to talk to Weddle ̵1; who still skates – about the trick and its origins.
“He’s very polite in his responses but obviously another name will honor his legacy, as he is deaf but not lacking in speech,” said Hawk.
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For almost 40 years, we have shamelessly called this trick a “mute” air / take. Here’s the plot story: around 1981, a deaf skater and a local resident of Colton ice park named Chris Weddle was a famous amateur on the track. The “Indy” air was just created and named so someone suggested that the first grasp should be called the “Tracker” air. Others contradicted that Chris was the first to do that, so it should be named after him. They called him “the mute, quiet guy”. So it called air mute, and we all went with it in our naive youth. In recent years, a number of people have reached out to Chris (who is still skating) about the trick and the name it gets. He was very polite in his answers but it was clear that another name would honor his legacy, as he is deaf but not lacking in speech. I asked him last year when I was investigating the origins of the hoax and he said he would rather name it a “deaf” or “Weddle” pick if given a choice. His exact statement for me was “I’m deaf, not dumb.” So as we embark on the upcoming @tonyhawkthegame demo release, some of you might have noticed a trick name change: The Weddle Grab. It will be a challenge to break the old habit of saying names, but I think Chris deserves recognition. Thanks to @darrick_delao for being a great supporter of the hearing impaired community in action sports and a catalyst in this renaming process. I politely told Chris and his reply was “I’m so hot!” And then he took this photo to celebrate yesterday. : @yousta_storytellers_club
Weddle told Hawk that he “would rather name it” deaf “or” Weddle “if given a choice, because in the first place he was not mute. And therefore, in upcoming games, the trick will be renamed “The Weddle Grab”, approved by Weddle.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be released on September 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. An upcoming demo, which our reviewer described as “The Tony Hawk Professional Skater I Remember”.