Tom Schaar is a 12-year-old kid from Malibu, California, became the first person in the world to land a 1080 in skateboarding history.
Red Bull describes the trick as “the holy grail of all skateboard tricks” and says the historic first was a surprise coming from a 12-year-old skater who has only been skating for eight years now.
In 1999, Tony Hawk became the first skateboarder to land a 900 ( two-and-a-half rotations) on a vert ramp.
A year later, Tom Schaar was born. On 26 March 2012, the 12-year-old added another 180-degree rotation to Tony Hawk’s original 900.
“I thought it’d take three days of trying it 40 times”
“I was definitely high enough and I could tell I was spinning fast enough, and right at about 720 I saw the coping and I was two to three feet above the coping and I got around that last 360, and I was just amazed.” – Tom Schaar
Equal star in this achievement is the customized ramp built by Schaar’s sponsor, Red Bull. The MegaRamp includes a 70-foot roll-in and a 27-foot quarterpipe. This added scale enables skaters to go faster and higher and provides more time to rotate. Tom Schaar was able to finish the final rotation while descending beneath the lip of the ramp.
Tony Hawk says, “It represents everything I love about skateboarding: constant evolution”With the progress of skate ramp construction and kids getting into skating at a younger age , the limits are being pushed like never before.”
“I was surprised it was so clean for the first one ever, but I was also shocked that he could spin that much without going higher,” Hawk said. “It’s very difficult to land properly if you are still spinning below coping. Tom does a full 180 during that time and lands without hesitation, which is a combination of bravery and experience.”