Kia X Games Asia was a great start to the action sports summer season, and California RampWorks couldn’t be happier to have built the courses for such an awesome event. All the athletes put on a great show for the audience, pushing the progression in both skateboarding and BMX. As a recap, 12 year-old Tom Schaar answered to all the prior media hype, landing the first-ever 1080 in competition on the Mega 2.0. BMX riders were throwing in the tech tricks on both the street course and Mega 2.0 events. More and more young athletes are climbing the ranks, and X Games’ events have proved to be grounds to witness this progression that is taking place in bmx and skateboarding. With that being said, California Rampworks is returning home from Shanghai to prepare for X Games 18 L.A. Skateboard and BMX Street, Park, Big Air, and Vert courses. Check back for the reveal of this year’s designs!
History was made yesterday at Kia X Games Asia in Shanghai, China. Turning any doubters into believers, Tom Schaar pulled the first-ever 1080 on a skateboard in competition. Compared to the first 1080 Tom landed, this time he was on the MegaRamp 2.0, which is almost have the size of the Woodward MegaRamp, making it that much harder to get the amplitude needed to pull the three rotations. Not only did Tom land a 1080 in the final, but also landed two 900s. His score for the 1080- a 50- the highest score possible for the Mega 2.0 event.
Landing in 2nd place was Bob Burnquist, and despite injuries pulled some amazing tricks during the final, including a back 7.
Here a look at Tom’s 1080.
1. Tom Schaar $8000
2. Bob Burnquist $4500
3. Ronaldo Gomes $2375
4. Andy Macdonald $1250
5. Elliot Sloan $1000
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If you missed it, Tom Schaar skated on the Ellen show today. After being the first skateboarder ever to land a 1080, Ellen invited him to perform at Warner Bros. studio. She even gave him a sweet, signature Ellen helmet and pads. California RampWorks went out to set up our Mega 2.5 ramp for Tom to skate. It was a 24 hr build and teardown. Here’s the segment!
Design rendering of new roller on MegaRamp for 1080
12 year old Tom Schaar recently became the first skateboarder in the world to land a 1080 – that’s 3 full rotations on a piece of wood and four wheels! The day Schaar landed the 1080, only a few key people knew of his attempts. One such person, Brian Harper of California RampWorks, had a big part in seeing the trick to its reality. Check out the video to view the custom feature that helped make it all possible.
California RampWorks was approached by Tom and his coach, Jeff Jewett, to design and build a piece that would help make history. Due to the nature of the 1080, Schaar needed to approach the trick down the 320′ long MegaRamp fakie (backwards) without losing speed. What CRW came up with was a 70′ long, 8′ tall roller to place over the gap – in theory to provide a smoother, more controlled speed approach to the trick.
Almost immediately following the design of the roller, Tom’s sponsor, Red Bull, gave the go ahead for the build. In just 4 days, a crew of skilled ramp builders had the new roller up on the MegaRamp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, CA, and was ready for Tom’s 1080 attempt. The rest is history… Tom landed the trick after only 5 tries.
When asked how he knew the roller would work, Brian Harper said, “We are skaters ourselves. We have to design and build based on our own experience on a skateboard.”
Schaar will meet again with California RampWorks in Shanghai, China, for the Asian X Games, April 29- May 1, where he could possibly be the first to do a 1080 in competition.
Tom Schaar, coach Jeff Jewett and friends taking in the moment after landing the first 1080.
On Monday, March 26, 2012, skateboarding history was made when 12 year old Tom Schaar landed the FIRST-EVER 1080! California RampWorks was out at Woodward West’s MegaRamp to witness the amazing trick go down. California RampWorks was strategic in helping Tom accomplish this feat. In the coming days, we will have exclusive clips from “Behind the 1080″. Congrats Tom! Here is a clip of the 1st 1080 landed by Tom.
Tom and his friends taking in the moment after having landed the 1080.