Tony Hawk says a failed attempt at a popular skateboarding move led to his severely broken leg on Monday … and now, the skate legend says he’s hoping to one day be able to walk again “unaided.”
The 53-year-old finally went into detail on Thursday about what caused his broken femur earlier this week … and he says an effort to do a McTwist (a front flip with a 540-degree rotation) in the half pipe busted up the limb.
Hawk explained he had “very little speed and an unsteady grab” while trying the trick — and when he came crashing down on the ramp, his leg crumpled.
“I hit the wall sooner than expected in a half-squat position and it sent me straight to the flat onto my knees,” Hawk said.
“The force of my body position upon impact broke my front leg as I came sliding to a stop.”
Graphically, Hawk said he had to “maneuver” his leg back into place — before an ambulance eventually transported him to a hospital.
As we reported, Hawk underwent surgery on the leg right away — and was somehow able to put weight on it just a day later.
Tony, though, said Thursday he has a long way to go to fully recover … explaining, right now, his goal is just to be able to walk normally again.
“Whatever comes after that will be a bonus,” he said.