Legendary skateboard champ Tony Hawk helped turn a California street sport into a global phenomenon. Now 36, Hawk is also a successful businessman, having built an action-sports empire that encompasses best-selling video games, DVDS, equipment, apparel and an arena tour called Boom Boom HuckJam. Hawk spoke with TIME's Jeffrey Ressner from the Cayman Islands, where he performed at the opening of Black Pearl, the world's largest concrete skate park.

WHAT'S THE MOST DANGEROUS THING YOU'VE EVER DONE? I jumped between two seven-story buildings in Los Angeles, launching from one rooftop to the other with ramps. When I was standing on top of...

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