Pro Skater 1 and Tony Hawk and 2 will update the name of the “mute catch” to honor the action creator, Chris Weddle.
Tony Hawk went on Instagram to explain the reasons for the change, citing the inventor of the measure. When the catch was first named in 1981, it was debuted by Weddle, who is deaf. The trick was thus named after the skater in a roundabout and ultimately wrong. The community at the time “referred to him as a ‘quiet, silent boy,'” Hawk explained in a recent post on social media.
“Thus it became known as the silent air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth,”; he continued.
Over the years, Hawk continued to talk to Weddle – who still skates – about his deception and origins.
“He has been very pleasant in his response, but it is clear that another name would honor his legacy, as he hears damaged but there is no lack of speech,” Hawk said.
Check out this post on Instagram
For almost 40 years, we have shamelessly referred to this hoax as “silent” air / catching. Here it is in the background: around 1981, a dull skater and local Colton skater named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur in the competition circuit. The “Indy” air had just been created and named so someone proposed that the front hand grip be known as the “Tracker” air. Others objected that Chris was the first to do so, so he had to take his name. They referred to him as the “quiet and silent boy”. So it became known as the silent air, and we all went with it into our naive youth. In recent years some people have turned to Chris (who still skates) about this scam and the name it was given. He has been very gracious in his response but it is clear that another name would honor his legacy, as he hears impaired but has no shortage of speech. I asked him last year while I was diving into the origins of the trick and he said he would better call that catch “dull” or “Weddle” if given the solution. His correct quote for me was “I’m deaf, not dumb.” So as we begin waiting for the @tonyhawkthegame demonstration to come out, some of you may notice a change of name trick: Grab Weddle. It will be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name, but I think Chris deserves recognition. Thank you @darrick_delao for an excellent advocacy of the deaf community in action sports and for being a catalyst in this reappointment process. I told the experienced Chris and his response was “I’m so stormy!” And then he shot this picture yesterday at the party. : @yousta_storytellers_club
Weddle told Hawk that he would rather call him “deaf” or “Weddle” if given the choice, “as he was not silent in the first place. And so, going forward to the next games, the deception will renamed the “Wedding Grab,” much to Weddle’s approval.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be released on September 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. A demonstration is coming soon, which our reviewer described as “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater I Remember.”