Skateboarding history was made over the weekend when Elliot Sloan landed the first-ever tailgrab 900. He performed the extremely difficult maneuver, which involved spinning a 900-degree rotation while using one hand to reach back and grab the tail of his skateboard, on the mini-megaramp during the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberly, South Africa. Sloan not only won the best-trick competition, he became only the seventh skateboarder ever to land a 900 (check out the reaction of his peers in the video).
Among those Tweeting about the feat were Tony Hawk, who in 1999 became the first skateboarder to land a 900 on a traditional U-shaped vert ramp, and Bob Burnquist, who last summer became the first to land a 900 on a full-scale megaramp. Burnquist on Sloan’s feat: “Radicalness at its finest. Congrats Elliot! Power smoothness.”
Others to have landed a 900 (minus the tail-grab) are Georgio Zatoni, Sandro Dias, Alex Perelson and Mitchie Brusco (when he was 14). The megaramp and mini-mega-ramp feature roll-ins and a jump leading to a quarterpipe wall. Tricks are performed as skateboarders soar above the quarterpipe wall.