The mute grab, which involves the rider using their fore hand to grab the toes of the skis between the rider’s legs as they turn back, is being changed to “Weddle Grab” in the build. Upcoming re-coming of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2.
The change is being made in honor of Chris Weddle, a deaf figure skater whom Hawk said was the first to commit the trick.
He said that around 1981, shortly after the Indy air hoax was created, someone suggested that a similar hand-grab move should be called an “air monitor”. Others point out, however, that Weddle was the first to make the move, so it should be named after him.
“They called him the ‘mute, quiet guy’, Hawk wrote. “So it called air mute, and we all went with it in our naive youth.”;
Hawk wrote that while Weddle had “graciously responded” when asked about the trick, it was clear that a “different name would honor his legacy.”
Hawk said: “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.'”
While Hawk believes it will be “the challenge to break the old naming habit”, he believes Weddle deserves recognition.