The Silent Kidnapper, who involves a rider using their front hand to grab the side of the skateboard leg between the rider’s legs as they turn back, is being changed to “Grab Weddle” in the upcoming remaster of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2.
The change is being made in honor of Chris Weddle, a deaf skater whom Hawk said was the first to cheat.
He said that around 1981, shortly after the Indy Air scam was created, someone proposed that a similar action he caught with his front hand be called “tracker air”. However, others pointed out that Weddle was the first to withdraw the measure, so he had to take his name.
“They referred to him as ‘the quiet and silent boy.̵7; “”, Wrote Hawk. “Thus, she became known as the silent air, and we all went along with her in our naive youth.”
Hawk wrote that while Weddle was “very gracious in his response” when asked about the trick, it was clear that “another name would have honored his legacy.”
“I asked him last year while I was diving into the origins of the trick and he said he’d better call that catch ‘dull’ or ‘Weddle’ if given the solution,” Hawk said.
“His correct quote to me was’ I’m deaf, not dumb. ‘ “
While Hawk believes it will be “challenging to break the habit of saying the old name,” he believes Weddle deserves recognition.