Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is making the news again for another daredevil stunt, but this time, it’s his daughter, Kadence Clover Hawk, who might be in danger.
Hawk posted a photo on Instagram of him and Kadence skating in a concrete bowl, with Kadence swinging from his arms. Hawk has come under fire because neither he nor his 4-year-old daughter is wearing a helmet in the photo.
“Updated frontside fling photo courtesy of @msk8blake,” Hawk captioned the picture of him swinging his daughter while skateboarding in a concrete bowl. “She is learning to skate on her own, so we might not be doing this much longer.”
After Hawk posted the photo of him swinging his daughter from his skateboard without a helmet, Instagram users began to chastize Hawk for his supposedly unsafe parenting techniques.
"Crash, split, blood! Put a helmet on her, moron!" wrote one outraged commenter.
While some users were harsh with Hawk’s helmetless stunt, others were a little more reserved in their criticism of the professional skater.
“Its cute you share this with her but, it only takes one time, a few seconds, for everything to go wrong,” wrote zombiecupcake420.
However, despite the criticism of the no-helmet picture, most of the commenters on Hawk’s Instagram were quick to defend him. Most stated that if the father were not a lifelong professional skateboarder, the stunt might be dangerous, but that Tony Hawk was completely in control.
“I know every family has its secrets an its up and downs but @tonyhawk you're such a great father figure! You're so supportive of all your kids and active with them! It's so awesome to see you make sure family time gets included even in such a busy life!” wrote one user.
Despite the negative reaction from some users, Hawk was undeterred in posting heartwarming photos of himself teaching his daughter to skate.
“One more from yesterday,” Hawk posted alongside another similar image. “For those that say I endanger my child: it's more likely that you will fall while walking on the sidewalk than I will while skating with my daughter.”
While Hawk is confident in his parenting skills, there’s no word yet on what Kadence’s mother thinks. Hawk and Lhotse Merriam were married in 2006, and Merriam gave birth to Kadence in 2008. After six years together, the couple split up in early 2012. Merriam was Hawk’s third wife.