A restaurant inspired Tony Hawk to travel to South America.
While you were busy playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater videogames, the famous skateboarder himself was traveling all over the world. He’s traveled so much, in fact, that a bucket list destination doesn’t immediately come to mind.
“I've gone all of the places I had hoped to go,” he told Travel + Leisure. “There's no one place that I can think of where I really just have to go.” But eventually, he does come up with one: Transylvania.
“That would be the one place we've considered, and tried to make temporary plans and it just didn't work.” But that’s another story.
Hawk is putting his world travels to use while working on an idea for a new show. There are few specifics—“We've been throwing around the idea at my office about doing some sort of travel, skate, food, and culture show,” is how he describes it—but a recent trip to Peru served as a creative pilot, if not for anyone but Hawk.
It all started with Central Restaurante in Lima. After reading about chef Virgílio Martínez’s background in skateboarding, Hawk sent an Instagram message that lead to a dinner invitation. Although Hawk originally went to visit the restaurant, he did much more than enjoy a meal on his trip. (In case you’re wondering what Hawk’s go-to airplane song is, we’ve got you: “Heartbeats” by The Knife.)
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Hawk’s travels with his own notes on each experience in the photos below.