12-Year-Old Pulls First Ever 1080 Skateboarding Trick in Competition

Did you feel the wave of excitement that hit the extreme sports world this week? That, my friends, was a crowd full of X-Games fans going nuts over the first 1080 skateboarding trick to ever be pulled out mid-competition. From all the way in the Far East, thousands of Shanghai skateboarding fanatics are in a frenzy over skater Tom Schaar pulling off the epic feat. And wanna know something even more nuts? He is only 12-years-old. What have you done with your life lately?

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Schaar, an amateur skater for Element Skateboards, has been impressing the extreme sports world with his immense bag of tricks since the tender of age of seven. Since progressing from mini-ramps to the almighty mega-ramp, Shaar has quickly adapted his speedy skill set for the bigger stage. “It took me a year to get comfortable on the mega,” Schaar says about his attempts to land a 1080 skateboarding. “I did it on my fifth try. I thought it would take me three days of trying it for 40 times, but I was definitely high enough.”

The future is certainly bright for Tom Schaar. He and his 1080 skateboarding trick are pushing the evolution of the sport. He might not be a pro yet, but he has already accomplished pulling a 900, which took the legendary Tony Hawk years to perfect, and he’s now the first skater to do a 1080 skateboarding in a competition. “I’m pretty stoked,” Schaar says of the 1080 experience. We are too. Congrats, Tom!

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