The legendary Tony Hawk is best known for becoming the first skateboarder to stick a 900 during a competition -- a trick so difficult that it required 11 attempts during the 1999 X Games, for an athlete who had seen the trick play out in his mind for 10 years. That remains one of the top moments in X Games history. More recently, however, Hawk made headlines in the action sports universe after becoming, at 43, the oldest skateboarder to nail the 900, which involves 2 1/2 rotations above the vert ramp and is difficult even for today's top young pros.
Hawk turned back the clock and stuck the trick days after his birthday, during a demo tour in Sweden. He tweeted about the accomplishment and, during an interview on Wednesday, he explained that it just felt right at the time. "It's still hard for me; it's still a big deal for me to do it," he said. "I don't really plan it, it usually just happens in the moment -- if I feel like the ramp is good and the crowd is behind me, then maybe I'll start trying them.
"For me it was a milestone not only because of my age but because I had fractured my pelvis over the summer and I hadn't tried one since."
It'll be interesting to see what Hawk has in store when he turns 50.
It's time to relive the glory days for some 80's skate legends when Quiksilver brings the All 80's All Day Vert Challenge contest to Surf Expo in Orlando on January 7th.
Quiksilver brought Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Mike McGill, and Kevin Staab together to try out their acting skills in short promo for the event.
Here's a short list of skaters you might have heard of confirmed for the contest...
You might not want to miss this contest.
The second round of additions to the Skateboard Hall of Fame at the Skate Lab Park in Simi Valley, CA have been announced. So without further ado joining the likes of Tony Hawk, Bruce Logan, Tony Alava and Danny Way will be:
• Steve Caballero
• Stacey Peralta
• Eric Koston
• Torger Johnson
• Bob Burnquist
• Patty McGee (Frist woman to be inducted)
There will be a ceremony and party on December 4 at Skate Lab here's some info on that:
Saturday December 4, 2010 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Pacific
Cooper Building & Design Space
860 S. Los Angeles St. 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Organizer: International Association of Skateboard Companies
December 4, 2010 at the Cooper Building and Design Space, 11th Floor Event Space.
The party will honor skateboarding icons Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist, and the first female inductee, Patti McGee.
Autographs, memorabillia, cocktails, appetizers, art auction, and a raging good time are all to be had!
Proceeds from the event benefit the Go Skateboarding Foundation which sends kids to skatecamp on a scholarship and supports skateboarding related charities.
Tickets for skateboarding industry friends and family are $100 donation to the Go Skateboarding Foundation.
IASC Members receive a $25 discount per ticket.
*The SkateLab in Simi Valley is home of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum.
There was a time, not that long ago, when skateboarders and school officials were hostile warring parties.
Administrators, school boards, and city officials fearing the long arm of litigation declared war on skaters years ago, making them outlaws for riding anywhere near a schools' coveted features like high curbs, manicured concrete roll-ins, and flat handrails, all of which make campuses a target rich environment for skaters.
In several instances the bans became city wide. To this day, the cat-and-mouse game skaters play with most security detail, be they hallway monitors, mall cops or fully deputized police officers, is not just a past time, but a source of pride.
But times are changing.
More and more schools, desperate to do anything to encourage kids into some physical activity, are warming up to the idea of bringing some "controlled chaos" into the P.E. class by not only encouraging them to take up the sport, but instructing them in the fundamentals.
Dave MacDonald, a P.E. Teacher at California's Fillmore High, was the first in his state to adopt the innovative new program. He told NBC news reporters that after visiting a skate park with his kids, where he saw the same skilled kids and the apprehensive ones that are in his class, a light went on. "I thought...wow, this is the activity for our kids. If we can incorporate this into P.E., what an awesome thing that would be."
And with skaters like Tony Hawk, Shaun White, Rob Dyrdek and Ryan Sheckler being household names to most teens, it's a pretty easy sell to the kids -- even the ones who dread physical education.
While pro skaters like Hawk and Dyrdek are actively involved in getting more municipalities to build skate parks, Eric Klassen, a longtime skater and former pro snowboarder, launched Skate Pass to incorporate skating programs into schools. According to ESPN's Matt Higgins, Klassen's Skate Pass curriculum is now being put to use by more than 500 schools in 31 states, as well as other countries, including Canada, Germany, Singapore and the Dominican Republic.
The program is designed to fit what's called the New P.E., which caters to those who aren't necessarily athletic by giving them individual, non-competitive activities that get the blood pumping. In essence, they're actually fooling kids into exercising by making P.E. more fun.
The Skate Pass program, which costs schools about $3000 to implement, has been getting rave reviews. And the positive effects go well beyond just the physical. According to Brandan Aldridge, who runs both before and after school programs at Will Rodgers Middle School in Fair Oaks, Calif., the real measure of the program's success can be seen in his school's attendance records. "We're drawing 25 students every morning faithfully," he testifies on the Skate Pass site. "Since we started our AM club, the tardies and absences of the students in the club have dropped dramatically!"
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Bob Burnquist predicted before the recent X Games that the next great skateboarding trick on the dangerous Mega Ramp would be a 900-degree rotation above its massive wall.
He tried repeatedly, during and after the event's big-air competition, to nail the landing after soaring 15 feet above the lip of the 25-foot quarterpipe. But trying to spin just right and negotiate a perfect landing just proved too difficult.
Yet in his mind's eye the skateboarder could envision sticking that landing, and last Saturday, after two dogged hours of trying some more on the Mega Ramp at his home in Vista Calif., Burnquist made good on his prediction by completing what vert-skating veteran Bucky Lasek described as "possibly the best trick to date on a skateboard."
Burnquist not only became the first person to nail a 900 on the Mega Ramp, which features a steep roll-in and jump leading to the 25-foot wall, he did it "fakie to fakie," meaning that he skated up the wall backward -- ultimately lifting 40 feet above ground as he spun the 900 -- and landed backward too.
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Burnquist, who waited until Wednesday afternoon to announce what he had accomplished and to post a video on the Skateboard.tv website, said Thursday: "I didn't want it just to be another 900. In my mind I'm like, 'I don't care how long it takes, I'm going to do it differently.' "
Burnquist, who along with Danny Way have progressed Mega-Ramp skating to daunting new heights, becomes only the fifth skateboarder ever to land a 900.
The other four -- beginning with the legendary Tony Hawk in 1999 -- did so on traditional skating halfpipes, which are much smaller and less dangerous. On the Mega Ramp, given the speed and height factors, slamming into the deck of the quarterpipe or drifting out into the flat and crash-landing from 40 feet can result in serious injuries.
Said Hawk: "Bob has upped the ante once again and ramp skating will never be the same, thanks to him. He is unbelievable."
Asked how many times he has tried the 900 overall, Burnquist answered, "I've tried hundreds of times, probably 900 times, who knows?"
And yes, he believes the 1080 is possible, but that's a story for another day.
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