World Record 1080 Stunt By 12 Year Old
Twelve year-old Tom Schaar from Malibu, California, created a world record as the only person to ever complete a 1080 jump. Many people have managed to complete the spins, but not successfully completed the landing.
In aggressive skateboarding a 1080 jump is the shortened name for 1080 degrees of rotation in the air. This is a very difficult and extremely aggressive stunt, for either a skateboarder, roller, or ice skating, skiers or BMX bike riders. What makes it more difficult for the skateboarder, is that he must complete three full revolutions in the air before landing again, still on the skateboard.
To compete a 1080 with non attached equipment, such as a skateboard, is much more difficult, than attempting the same stunt with skis or even iceskates, firmly attached to the feet. The skateboarder must still be on his skateboard at the end of the stunt. Tom made four attempts on the 1080, before finally succeeding with his world-record breaking jump.
The jump requires the skater to drop in on the 70-foot-tall skateboard tower, then roll right over a 50-foot gap in the ramp, thus permitting the skater to keep momentum, going all the way through the quarter pipe, a progressively steepening ramp used in extreme sports. The skater then rises up into the air and must perform the aerial three rolls on a horizontal plane, before plummeting back down the quarter pipe, still on his skateboard.
Tom also took out a second world record by being the youngest ever champion of the extreme sport X Games Asia Mega Ramp, in Shanghai. The X Games Mega Ramp world-class competition includes Skateboard, BMX. Aggressive In-Line Skate and Moto X Big Air demonstrations.
In taking out the championship, Tom beat several skating legends including Andy McDonald, 39, a professional skateboarder who holds the record for the most X Games medals, also having won the World Cup Skateboarding competition 8 times. Tom also beat Bob Burnquist, 36, winner of 8 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze medals and Pierre-Luc Gagnon, 32, who has won a total of 11 gold medals, 10 silver and 7 bronze
“I’m just excited to be here and be skating with all those pros that I’ve looked up to,” Schaar said. “It’s the best feeling.”
Tom began skate boarding at the age of 4 year. He was doing 360s at the age of 9 and 720 turns at 10. Tom achieved his first 900 (2.5 revolutions) when he was 12, which made him only the 8th person to perform this stunt. Having achieved the very difficult 900, he joked that maybe a 1080 could be possible. He then went on to stun everyone, including himself, when he achieved his first 1080.
Tom has long been a fan of the Guinness Book of Records and is thrilled to have achieved a record in it, not only once but twice.