TODAY | August 27, 2013
>>> welcome back to today on this tuesday morning, the 27th of august, 2013 . i'm willie geist with al roker and brooke shields in all week while natalie is off and we're about to get as extreme as one can get in a suit and dress shoes . 18-year-old professional skateboarder took gold at the x-games in brazil, spain and los angeles . he won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history. he was named the 2013 best name action sports athlete and he is out here this morning on the plaza this morning. great to meet you.
>> how long have you been on one of these boards, most of your life?
>> definitely. started when i was 5 years old and my dad got me into it. he skateboarded in his teenage years.
>> when did you become a pro? 9 or 10?
>> i won the biggest amateur contest in the world when i was 10 and by the time i was 11 i was at x-games. i was so small and everyone else was like up there and it was like wow. it was cool.
>> what's the best part of being a professional skateboarder?
>> the best part is being able to make a living off of doing something you absolutely love. even if i had a normal job i would still want to ride my skateboard every day.
>> want to show us moves.
>> you're o not wearing a helmet, though.
>> i'm experienced enough, trust me.
>> but we should bewaring a helmet?
>> if you were going to do it i would highly suggest that.
>> and kids getting started should wear a helmet.
>> please i have to go home to my kids.
>> all right. [ applause ]
>> you were doing that when you were 5 years old.
>> i sure was.
>> how big a deal was it to win the espy?
>> that was a big deal . honestly the biggest part about it is just skateboarding and getting to that point because in the last few years it's evolved so much and it's amazing to see that it's really getting up there into a big action sport .
>> you are a super star . as al goes to the weather, do you want to give me something here.
>> do you recommend doing it.
>> your shoes.
>> a little better than those.
>> the best trick to try, the most basic trick is this.
>> do the basic one.