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Tom Schaar lands skateboarding's first ever 1080


by Chuck Schilken [April 2, 2012]

Tom Schaar lands skateboarding's first ever 1080Tom Schaar landed a 1080. That's all that needs to be said -- and pretty much all the 12-year-old from Malibu could say immediately after becoming the first skateboarder ever to complete three full rotations in the air and land with his board still underneath him.

"I did a 1080!" an out-of-breath and excited Schaar exclaimed into the camera that captured him completing the stunt on only his fifth attempt.

Schaar recently became one of only a handful of skaters to land a 900. He set out to nail the 1080 on the MegaRamp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, which was customized by Schaar's sponsor, Red Bull, to feature a 70-foot roll-in ramp that leads to a 50-gap and then a quarterpipe ramp with a 27-foot wall.

"I'm pretty stoked," Schaar said afterward. "I thought it'd take three days of trying it 40 times .... I was definitely high enough and I could tell I was spinning fast enough, and right at about 720 I saw the coping and I was two to three feet above the coping and I got around that last 360, and I was just amazed."

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk tweeted on Friday: "In the last year I've seen Shaun White try 1080s & Mitchie Brusco crash-land a few. Tom Schaar nailed it."

MegaRamp specialist Bob Burnquist added in an email: "Tom Schaar is a little giant and a spinning machine. Amazing. Look forward to learning a lot from him in the future."