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Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk visits Healdsburg art gallery, skate park

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk visited Sonoma County over the weekend, where he took advantage of an empty skate park, dined at SingleThread and and learned to saber a bottle of sparkling wine at an art and wine gallery in Healdsburg.

Hawk posted a video on Instagram on Sunday of himself skating at Carson Warner Memorial Skate Park in Healdsburg.

“Morning stretch in the empty, wet skateparks of Sonoma County,” he wrote.

Hawk then visited The Harris Gallery Art & Wine Collection with 16 members of his production and office team after a wine tasting at MacRostie Winery & Vineyards and dinner at the Michelin-starred SingleThread, said Leah Harris, director of the Harris Gallery’s Wine Collection.

Her husband, co-owner Alex “A3L3XZAND3R” Harris, was an avid skateboarder when he was young, and the couple idolized Hawk as teens.

The gallery shared a photo on Instagram of employee Jon Strachan teaching Hawk to saber a bottle of sparkling wine.

“When you saber a bottle, the cork usually departs away from you but when Tony did it, it flipped up over his head behind him,” Leah Harris said in an email. “Alex thought it was so great that only Tony ― the master of the kickflip ... would kickflip his cork.”

While he was at the gallery, members of a local skate crew chanted “The Hawk is in town!” as they passed by.

As soon as Hawk walked toward them, “they immediately descended into a mayhem of kickflips and tricks to show him their skills,” Leah Harris said.

Hawk spent some time taking photos with the group and signed their boards as well.

“It was so awesome. He was so patient and sweet (with) them,” she said.

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