'It was easier than I thought': 12-year-old boy becomes first person EVER to land 1080 skateboard trick (and now he wants to go even further)
A 12-year-old boy crushed the dreams of famous and amateur skateboarders this week when he set a world record to become the first person to land a three-rotation 1080 move.
Tom Schaar, a six-grader, pulled off the maneuver consisting of three full rotations that has been unsuccessfully attempted by the sport's best for years.
The boy who is less than five feet tall completed the difficult trick at the Woodward West action sports camp in Tehachapi, California.
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'Spinning machine': Tom Schaar, 12, became the first person to land a 1080 maneuver this week in California
Schaar told ESPN.com: 'It was the hardest trick I've ever done, but it was easier than I thought.'
The boy completed the move after trying five times.
The skater from Malibu, California has skated throughout his short life.
He has completed a number of stunts with his skateboard, including a 720 maneuver.
Making history: Tom Schaar leaps into the air in the process of completing a 1080 skateboarding trick that no one else in the sport has been able to accomplish
Three rotations: The 12-year-old, who has been able to master other tough skateboarding tricks, spun around on his board during his 1080 attempt
Excited: Tom Schaar is overjoyed when he realizes he landed a 1080 skateboarding trick that professionals worldwide have not been able to do
But the 1080 move spun Schaar into the record books - and dashed the hopes of well-known skaters who were pegged as being the first to be able to land the tough stunt.
Shaun White, defending X Games Skate Vert champion, was believed to become the first to achieve the move.
Amazed: Tom Schaar throws up his hands in shock and says 'I did a 1080!' after he completed the stunt
He won his first Winter Olympic snowboard gold medal in 2006.
There was also another youngster, 14-year-old Mitchie Brusco, who was viewed as the sure bet to do a 1080 when he tried it in Pennsylvania.
Five tries: Schaar, a six-grader, called the 1080 he landed the 'hardest trick I've ever tried,' but said it was easier than he expected after a few attempts
But instead the 80-lb. Schaar destroyed those possibilities.
Bob Burnquist, the 35-year-old defending X Games Big Air gold medalist, told ESPN that he hopes to learn from Schaar in the future.
He said: 'Tom's a little giant and a spinning machine.'
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