Tom Schaar

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Tom Schaar
Personal information
Born (1999-09-14) September 14, 1999 (age 15)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Skateboarding

Tom Schaar (born September 14, 1999) is an American professional skateboarder[1] Schaar was the youngest skateboarder to successfully land a "900" (2.5 revolutions in the air), the first skateboarder to land a "1080" (3 revolutions), and the youngest X Games gold medalist at the Asia X Games,[2] youngest Dew Tour Champion [3] and youngest Big Air Gold Medalist, Austin X Games.[4]

Career[edit]

900[edit]

Main article: 900 (skateboarding)

In October 2011, Schaar became the 8th person in history to land a 900.[5]

1080[edit]

Main article: 1080 (skateboarding)

In 2006, skateboarder and snowboarder Shaun White unsuccessfully attempted the 1080 on 21 occasions at that years X Games and 29 occasions the year before. It had previously been considered the, "Holy Grail of skateboarding tricks". At age 6, Schaar had watched White's 2006 attempts from the stands.[6]

In March 2012, at the age of 12, Schaar landed the first 1080 on a skateboard after four previous (unsuccessful) attempts.[7] Schaar commented to ESPN.com, "It was the hardest trick I've ever done, but it was easier than I thought."[8]

At the Asian X Games, he won skate Mini Mega by landing the 1080,[9][10] and became the first to land a 1080 on a skateboard in a competition and the youngest ever to win an X Games gold medal at the age of 12.

Sponsors[edit]

As of February 2015, Schaar is sponsored by Element Skateboards, DC Shoes & Clothing, Monster Energy, Sony ActionCam, Bones Swiss Bearings, Type S Wheels, and 187 Pads.[11]

Media appearances[edit]

On July 5, 2012, he appeared on an episode of Figure It Out, and ended up winning the grand prize. He also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for an interview with the host Ellen DeGeneres.[12] In 2014, U-Verse Sports channel ran a show called Skateboarding that was focused on Tom Schaar's skateboarding career and outside life.

Personal life[edit]

In June 2013, Schaar stated that he surfs when he is not skateboarding and purchases surfboards with the money that he earns.[11]

Records[edit]

Records
Year Record Where Notes
October 2011
900
MegaRamp Woodward West, Tehachapi, California (USA)
March 2012
1080
5th attempt (Guinness World Record holder)
April 2012
1080 in competition
2012 X Games Asia
Youngest competitor ever to win an X-Games gold medal. Age: 12 (Guinness World Record holder)

Contest history[edit]

  • 1st in 2014 X Games Austin Big Air[13]
  • 2nd in 2013 X Games Los Angeles Big Air[14]
  • 10th in 2013 X Games Los Angeles Skateboard Vert[15]
  • 3rd in 2013 X Games Munich Big Air[16]
  • 6th in 2013 X Games Munich Skateboard Vert[17]
  • 4th in 2013 Dew Tour Bowl Ocean City Maryland[18]
  • 4th in 2013 X Games Barcelona Big Air[19]
  • 9th in 2013 X Games Barcelona Men's Skateboard Park[20]
  • 5th in 2013 Vans Pool Party Pros Division[21]
  • 4th in 2013 X Games Foz do Iguaçu Big Air[22]
  • 6th in 2013 X Games Foz do Iguaçu Vert[23]
  • 1st in 2012 Mega 2.0 Dew Tour Ocean City Maryland [3]
  • 5th in 2012 Bowl Dew Tour Ocean City Maryland [3]
  • 5th in 2012 X Games Los Angeles Big Air[24]
  • 7th in 2012 X Games Los Angeles Vert [25]
  • 1st in 2012 X Games Shanghai Mega 2.0 [2]
  • 4th in 2012 X Games Shanghai Vert [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://us.elementbrand.com/g/team
  2. ^ a b c http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/news/story?page=x-games-asia-2012-skateboard-results
  3. ^ a b c http://xgames.espn.go.com/skateboarding/article/8278131/skate-results-2012-dew-tour-pantech-beach-championships-ocean-city-md
  4. ^ http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2014/austin/results/400549623/skateboard-big-air-men
  5. ^ http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/7115343/12-year-old-tom-schaar-youngest-skater-land-900
  6. ^ Skateboarder Tom Schaar hopes to carry success into X Games by Baxter Holmes (LA Times, June 28, 2012)
  7. ^ "Tom Schaar lands skateboarding's first-ever 1080". Los Angeles Times. April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Show, Christine (April 1, 2012). "'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)". Daily Mail. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tom Schaar Wins Gold at X Games Asia". redbullusa.com. May 1, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Sinclair, Jessica (April 3, 2012). "Tom Schaar Lands Skateboarding’s First 1080 (Video)". Long Island Press (Long Island, New York). Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Aaron Smith (June 3, 2013). "THE TUESDAY 25 WITH TOM SCHAAR". Skateboarder Magazine. Grind Media. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ Keith Hamm (April 19, 2013). "Tom Schaar lands a spot on 'Ellen'". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "AMERICA'S NAVY SKATEBOARD BIG AIR – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "AMERICA'S NAVY SKATEBOARD BIG AIR – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "SKATEBOARD VERT – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "SKATEBOARD BIG AIR – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. June 30, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ "SKATEBOARD VERT – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. June 30, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.dewtour.com/actionsports/event/ocean-city-beach-championships-2013/video/tom-schaar-4th-place-run-skate-bowl
  19. ^ "SKATEBOARD BIG AIR – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. May 19, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ http://xgames.espn.go.com/athlete/3015644/tom-schaar
  21. ^ http://www.vans.com/eventsites/pool2013/post/full-results-photos-pros/
  22. ^ "SKATEBOARD BIG AIR – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 21, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  23. ^ "SKATEBOARD VERT – FINAL". ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 21, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  24. ^ http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/summer/2012/results/_/eventId/1060/skateboard-big-air-men
  25. ^ http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/summer/2012/results/_/eventId/1058/skateboard-vert-men