2017 ICON Award – Sonja Catalano

2017 Inductees

Founded in 1982 by Frank Hawk (Tony’s dad and then NSA [National Skateboard Association] President), the parents of Jeanne Hoffman, and the parents of Sonja Catalano—C.A.S.L. or the California Amateur Skateboard League has been an outright cornerstone of the pastime over the past thirty plus years—a launching pad for thousands of competitive fun-loving skateboarders and even countless Hall of Fame careers and fittingly called the “Little League of Skateboarding.”

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Over its near four decades of service to skateboarding, C.A.S.L. has also been personally headed up by current President and Director of Events, Sonja Catalano for nearly half of them. Since her parents joined Frank Hawk at its inception, Sonja has made it her family business to make sure young Californian boys and girls under the age of 17 have a chance to compete. Starting as young as ‘8 & under’, and covering miniramp, street, vert, and pool, C.A.S.L. has single-handedly been the point of departure for careers ranging from Tony Hawk’s, Ray Barbee’s, Chris Miller’s to Daewon Song’s, Torey Pudwill and Ryan Sheckler’s. But beyond the countless superstars, Sonja and C.A.S.L. have simply helped millions of participants, parents, and spectators fall in love with our pastime. Thank you C.A.S.L. and thank you Sonja.

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