In March, 12-year-old skateboarder Tom Schaar quickly became a household name when he landed the first 1080 off a MegaRamp at Camp Woodward West. Then, in April, Schaar traveled to X Games Asia, where he landed the first-ever 1080 in competition, earning himself his first X-Games Gold.
This week, the situation is slightly different as Schaar will make his Summer X Games debut near his hometown of Malibu, California, in front of a national television audience as well as a large crowd hoping to witness a 1080 for the first time. There’s no question Schaar is able to nail the trick, but landing it under intense pressure is another question.
Schaar’s life has changed dramatically since he first landed the 1080 at Woodward. His older brother, John Schaar explained, “This whole thing is completely crazy. It kind of went overnight from my little brother is a pretty decent skater to just a rockstar.”
As he prepares to compete this week, Schaar puts X Games week into perspective, “I’ve always looked up to these guys, and now that I am actually skating with them is amazing, because I never thought I would meet them or talk to them or give them a high-five. But I’m actually competing with them and skating against them.”
Schaar’s first experience at X Games is being documented in a web series on Network_A.