According to an article published today by Forbes financial magazine, Tony Hawk is the highest paid athlete in all of Action Sports. The Bird Man raked in $12 million in 2008 capitalizing on his world-famous name and numerous endorsements including his top selling video game series, "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" which, according to Forbes, "is one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time with $1.2 billion in sales since its launch."
Also making the grade from the skate world were Shaun White, clocking in at number 2 on the list with $9 million annually (though, undoubtedly, much of that came from his more lucrative snowboarding career), Ryan Sheckler checked in at number 3 with $5 million and Paul Rodriguez popped in at number 7 with $2 million.
Not too shabby fellas. Anyone want to spot me a few hundo?