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10 Craziest Skateboarding Feats

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Taming El Toro
The "El Toro" steps look something like this. Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock
The "El Toro" steps look something like this. Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock

The "El Toro 20" is an infamous flight of 20 concrete stairs at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. The steep, straight staircase has been featured in skateboard videos for years, mostly for its long rail slides. But on Feb. 4, 2006, 18-year-old skater Dave Bachinsky made skating history by sticking a monumental kickflip from the top of El Toro.

A kickflip is hard enough on flat ground. The rider has to pop an ollie, then use the front foot to "tap" the board into 360-degree horizontal spin. The real trick is landing the thing, which requires the rider to "catch" the spinning board in mid air. Bachinsky did all of this while cruising at breakneck speeds 10 feet (3 meters) above concrete steps. Even more incredible, it took him 12 tries to nail it [source: Bachinsky]. That's 12 separate leaps and 11 separate ankle-twisting, bone-rattling crash landings.

As crazy as Bachinsky's stunt was, the blue ribbon for insanity at El Toro goes to Wes Verdugo, who rode down the steps in a grocery cart and shattered his hip.


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