Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Remaster renames the "mute grab" trick to pay tribute to its creator.

The upcoming remasters of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1&2 are accurate to the original in most ways, except the addition of a few new songs, some new skaters and upgraded online and creation features the remasters will feature the same courses, soundtrack and characters that the original did, in fact even the "trick list" will be fairly similar. Apart from the "mute grab" that is, and for good reason!



The "mute grab" was created in 1981 by hearing impaired skater Chris Weddle and the man himself Tony Hawk confirmed so on his Instagram account that the move will in fact be renamed in Weddle's honor.


Check out the full post here:


Hawk's post reads, For nearly 40 years, we’ve shamelessly referred to this trick as the “mute” air/grab. Here is the backstory: around 1981, a deaf skater and Colton skatepark local named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit. The “Indy” air had just been created & named so somebody proposed that grabbing with the front hand should be known as the “Tracker” air. Others countered that Chris was the first to do, so it should be named after him. They referred to him as the “quiet, mute guy.” So it became known as the mute air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth. In recent years a few people have reached out to Chris (who still skates) about this trick and the name it was given. He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honored his legacy, as he is deaf but not lacking speech. I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the “deaf” or “Weddle” grab if given the choice. His exact quote to me was “I am deaf, not mute.” So as we embark on the upcoming @tonyhawkthegame demo release, some of you might notice a trick name change: The Weddle Grab. It’s going to be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name but I think Chris deserves the recognition. Thanks to @darrick_delao for being a great advocate to the deaf community in action sports, and for being the catalyst in this renaming process. I told Chris recently and his reply was “I’m so stoked!” And then he shot this photo in celebration yesterday.


I for one am glad that Weddle will now get the recognition he deserves, with the game being released on September 4 we cant wait to start Weddle Grabbing...


Check out our article on exactly what additions are being made to the iconic THPS soundtrack in this upcoming remaster here.