The World's First 1080
Records are made to be broken. Before skating legend Tony Hawk pulled the first 900 (two and a half rotations) in competition in 1999, fans thought it was impossible. Hawk proved that nothing is impossible on a skateboard if you are skilled enough and crazy enough to try it.
Tom Schaar wasn't even born in 1999, but the Malibu, California native practically grew up on a skateboard, always trying to keep up with his older brother and thrasher friends. Schaar quickly grew a reputation as a masterful spinner off the half-pipe and pool wall. Not content with 360s, he moved on to 720s, and then Hawk's record-breaking 900, all before he hit puberty.
Then, on March 26, 2012, Schaar — still only 12 years old — rolled down a mega ramp in Tehachapi, California with his eyes set on the impossible: a 1080 spin. Three full rotations in the air. After warming up with a couple of 720s and a 900, he went for it on the fifth try. One rotation, two rotations, three rotations ... landed! Schaar was in the record books.
A month later, Schaar pulled his second 1080 to win the gold in an X Games Asia competition. Father Nick Schaar says a 1260 is just a few years away, maybe by the time Tom gets his driver's license [source: Hamm].