FreestyleXtreme Magazine Issue 25 - Page 83

Birdhouse tour Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki Hey man, give us a little of your background… I started skating when I was 12. My older brother got me into it. I’m from Phoenix, Arizona. It doesn’t rain much out there, so we had a lot of time to play outside and we just would skate all the time. I got some sponsors when I turned 17 and then I was able to travel. My mom just wanted me to graduate high school. How long you been riding for Birdhouse? As a professional, seven years, but in total 10 years. How’s it been for you? It’s really awesome. Those dudes are all my best friends. I can call them at any time about anything. I can sit in a van with them for weeks on end and not get sick of them. I think that since Tony has started to focus a lot more on team, he’s now more involved. We always just joke around. We call him Dad and stuff, so, yeah, it really is like a big family. Was the first time encountering Tony Hawk intimidating? Totally. I got a random phone call one day and I answered it and it was Tony Hawk. I didn’t believe it at first. I thought someone was f**king with me. I was like, “What the f**k are you talking about?” He goes, “Oh, I got your number from Steven Herring.” He was the team manager at the time. From there, I was like, “What the f**k?” Then went on a trip with them. I was definitely star struck at first. You were what, 20 at the time? £ Jaws // Backside Air Yeah. We went on a trip to Australia and that was the first time I met him. I just remember we just went out to dinner. It took a little while. To start with you’d be like, “Oh, damn, it’s f**king Tony Hawk,” but after a while, it’s just like, “Oh, it’s Tony. Big Tone.” Now you’re just calling him Dad! Yeah, yeah, dude. It’s so weird, man. It’s so cool. He really is the man. He’s one amazing human. t