The Men's Skateboard Street finals closed out sport competition at X Games Austin 2014, but in the practice session beforehand the final six riders (and the crowd) were surprised by a special guest on the field of play: Tony Hawk.

The veteran and judge seems to have skated onto the course to take some video of his fellow skaters, and to get an up-close-and-personal view of the current contenders in the sport he raised to world renown. Check it out for yourself in our exclusive gallery, below.