900 (skateboarding)

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The 900 is a 2½-revolution (900 degrees) aerial spin performed on a skateboard ramp. While airborne, the skateboarder makes two-and-a-half turns about their longitudinal axis, thereby facing down when coming down. It is considered one of skateboarding's most technically demanding tricks.

Pre-Hawk[edit]

A number of opinions exist about pre-1999 900s. The most prominent of these is the argument that Danny Way landed the 900 in 1989, and it appears in an early Santa Cruz film.[1] In 1999, Tony Hawk said:

"Well, he was shown in a video almost 10 years ago. He was really close, but he didn't make it. He came the closest by far, but they cut the video before he fell. So it may have misled some people. There are only four people who have been able to spin completely and he's one of them. Tas Pappas and Rob Boyce also have spun it, but they haven't landed it."[2]

Tony Hawk, one of the most successful vertical pro skateboarders in the world, landed the 900 at X Games V in 1999 after ten failed attempts. It was past regulation time but, as one announcer said, "We make up the rules as we go along. Let's give him another try." Other skaters protested, but Hawk continued. Hawk twice landed on his board, but it flew out from under him. When he finally completed the trick, his arms windmilled and his hand barely grazed the ramp.[3] Nonetheless, he rode away.

In his book, the 900 was the last on the wishlist of tricks Hawk had written a decade earlier. Other tricks on the list included the ollie 540, kickflip 540, and varial 720. In a 1999 interview, Hawk said he does not have "any desire to spin further."[2] He did, however, successfully land the trick during press interviews for the video game Tony Hawk: Ride and at the "Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up for Skate Parks" event.[4] In 2011, Hawk was still able to land his famous 900 and posted a video of the trick via his Twitter account stating "I'm 43 and I did a 900 today."[5][6] On June 27, 2016, Hawk successfully landed another 900 at age 48, 17 years to the day from when he completed his first at the X-Games, and indicated that it would likely be his last 900.[7]

Successful landings[edit]

  1. Tony Hawk, June 27, 1999, X Games V, San Francisco, California, USA[8]
  2. Giorgio Zattoni, April 2004, Marianna HC, Ravenna, Italy[9]
  3. Sandro Dias, May 2004, Latin X-Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[10]
  4. Alex Perelson, July 2009, Maloof Money Cup, Costa Mesa, California, USA[11][12]
  5. Bob Burnquist, September 4, 2010, first fakie-to-fakie indy 900 and first 900 on a mega ramp, Vista, California, USA[13]
  6. Mitchie Brusco, July 2011, Nescau MegaRamp Invitational, São Paulo, Brazil[14]
  7. Elliot Sloan, October 2, 2011, first tailgrab 900, Maloof Money Cup, South Africa[15]
  8. Tom Schaar, October 2011, on mega ramp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California, USA[16]
  9. Zac Rose, April 2012 at Rye Airfield, New Hampshire, USA[17]
  10. Jonathan Schwan, April 2013, on mega ramp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California, USA[18][19]
  11. Tas Pappas, April 2014, at Megaranch, Melbourne, Australia[20][21]
  12. Asher Bradshaw, May 23, 2020, on vert at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California[22]

The advent of the mega ramp, invented in 2002, gives much higher vertical height which enabled even more revolutions and on March 26, 2012, Tom Schaar landed a 1080 on his fifth attempt.[23]

In August 2019, Mitchie Brusco became the first person to land a 1260 (three full and one-half revolutions) in a Big Air competition at X Games Minneapolis.[24]

In May 2020, 11 year-old Brazilian Gui Khury became the first person to land a 1080 using only a vert ramp (no mega ramp, or lead in).[25]

Other sports[edit]

The 900 can also be attempted on a BMX bike, skis, snowboard, inline skates or a scooter. BMX rider Mat Hoffman was the first person to successfully land the 900 on film at a competition in Canada in 1989.[26] In 2002 at X Games VIII, Hoffman took the trick a step further by landing a no-handed 900.[27] BMX rider Simon Tabron's signature trick is the 900.[28] In the 2007 at X Games XIII, Simon Tabron landed the first back-to-back 900s. on a bike[29]

Because the gear of snowboarders, skiers, and inline skaters is affixed to their feet, the 900 is not considered to be a difficult trick for professionals in those sports and is performed comparatively often. 1620[30] and 1800[31][32] degree spins have been landed on skis, a 1620 has been performed on a snowboard[33][34] as well as on inline skates,[35][36] 1080 on BMX,[37][38] 1080 on scooter.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danny Way- Risk it". YouTube. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  2. ^ a b 1999 Summer X Games: Chat wrap: Hawk soars to legendary status Archived April 4, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Polly Sprenger. "Twist and Shout at the X Games". Wired-vig.wired.com. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  4. ^ "Stand Up for Skateparks: Tony Hawk Lands The 900 For His Foundation Supporters". tonyhawkfoundation.org. October 11, 2009. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tony Hawk 900 in Linkoping Sweden".
  6. ^ Hawk, Tony [@tonyhawk] (2011-05-14). "I'm 43 and I did a 900 today" (Tweet). Retrieved 2014-06-22 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Tony Hawk Lands 900 At 48!". RIDE Channel. 2016-06-27.
  8. ^ "Tony Hawk 900". YouTube. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  9. ^ "The 900 - Giorgio Zattoni - Volume Video 3 - June 2004". YouTube. 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  10. ^ "Sandro Dias 900". YouTube. 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  11. ^ "Alex Perelson 900". YouTube. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  12. ^ "Alex Perelson Makes History". xgames.espn.go.com. July 12, 2009.
  13. ^ Salo, Adam (17 September 2010). "Burnquist talks about the MegaRamp 900, contest season and life after "Extremely Sorry."". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  14. ^ "14-year-old Mitchie Brusco lands MegaRamp 900 in Sao Paulo, Brazil". ESPN.com. July 7, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  15. ^ "Elliot Sloan lands first 900 tailgrab on MiniMega at Maloof South Africa". ESPN.com. October 2, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  16. ^ "12-year-old Tom Schaar youngest skater to land 900". ESPN.com. October 17, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  17. ^ "Zac Rose 900 Stomp". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  18. ^ "Theeve welcomes Jono Schwan and new Mega Truck". YouTube. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  19. ^ "Jono Schwans 900 on the Woodward West MegaRamp". woodwardwest.com. April 8, 2013.
  20. ^ "Tas Pappas First Australian to land the 900 at the MegaRanch". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  21. ^ "TAS PAPPAS LANDS THE 900". SLAM Skateboarding Magazine. SLAM Skateboarding Magazine. 28 April 2014. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014.
  22. ^ Strege, David (30 May 2014). "Asher Bradshaw is youngest skateboarder to land a 900". Men's Journal. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  23. ^ Skateboarder Tom Schaar "My First X": The Evolution Of The 1080 by NetworkA (published to YouTube on Jun 25, 2012)
  24. ^ "Watch Mitchie Brusco become the first skateboarder to land a 1260". For The Win. 2019-08-03. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  25. ^ Reuters (11 May 2020). "Lockdown spurs 11-year-old skateboarder to make history with first 1080-degree turn". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  26. ^ "March 25th 1989/March 25 2011 – my first 900, 22 yrs". mathoffman.com. March 25, 2011. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  27. ^ "The 25 Best BMX Performances in X Games History: 1. Mat Hoffman, No-Handed 900, 2002 X Games in Philadelphia". Jul 28, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  28. ^ "BMX: Simon Tabron 900". YouTube. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  29. ^ "* 2007 X-GAMES @ 23MAG BMX". 23mag.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  30. ^ "1620 on Skis in Halfpipe". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  31. ^ "First Switch 1800 in Competition". xgames.espn.go.com. March 7, 2012.
  32. ^ "Torin Yater-Wallace 1800 in competition". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  33. ^ "1620 on Snowboard - World record - "They came from"". YouTube. 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  34. ^ "Ulrik Badertscher 1620 - Dew Tour Snowboard Big Air". YouTube. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  35. ^ "Wake Schepman Official First Ever 1620 On Rollerblades". YouTube. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  36. ^ "Wake Schepman: World's first 1620 (Woodward)". rollernews.com. August 18, 2013. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  37. ^ "BMX 1080 first ever X-Air 2007". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  38. ^ "Mike Spinner Pulls World's First 1080 at X-Air: February 12, 2007". bmx.transworld.net. February 12, 2007.
  39. ^ Jordan Jasa (2011-09-07), 1080 on a Scooter!, retrieved 2018-02-13