The closure of schools in Brazil due to the coronavirus pandemic has given 11-year-old skateboard prodigy Gui Khury enough time to hone his skateboarding skills, as he became the first person to land a 1080-degree turn on a vertical ramp.
More than two decades after Tony Hawk completed the first 900-degree turn, Khury broke a long-standing record by taking off from the top of the ramp and making three full turns in the air before landing clean and boarding. The maneuver has long been one of the holy grails of skateboarding.
“Isolation for the coronavirus helped because he had a life that was around school and he didn’t have much time to train when he came home from school, he was tired,” the skater’s father, Ricardo Khury Filho, told Reuters news service.
“So now he’s home more, he eats better and he has more time to train and he can focus more on training, so that has helped. He has the opportunity to train here if he hasn’t [the skate facilities] … he would stay at home like everyone else and not be able to play sports. So isolation helped him focus. “
During the lock, Khury’s family makes a 20-minute trip to their grandmother’s house most days to deliver food and leave it to train on the vertical ramp, bowl and street course they have built in its back. garden. It was on this ramp that he completed his historic feat.
Khury was already the youngest skateboarder to complete a 900-degree turn, a feat he performed at the age of eight.
“I was like, oh my God, what did I just do?” Gui Khury told Reuters News after reaching his historic 1080. “I was just like OK, I landed him. Now I’m going to celebrate. ”
The boy’s holiday was “mac and cheese at home” with his family.
The great skateboarder Tony Hawk landed the first 900 in 1999, nine years before Khury was even born. Hawk was 31 when he successfully completed the trick, calling it the biggest moment of his racing career.
Less than a dozen skaters have achieved the feat in the years since. American Tom Shaar completed a 1080-degree turn in 2012, but on a mega ramp that gives skateboarders higher speeds and altitude to complete all three turns.
Khury’s triple spin was recorded by his parents on their phone and posted on Instagram. “I sent it to all my favorite skaters, like Tony Hawk, Bob Bernkist and Neil Mims,” said young Gui Khury.
“Some posted it in their stories, while others actually posted it on their Instagram. I was like this is so crazy because it’s like a once in a lifetime experience. It’s so amazing. This is the best feeling ever. ”
The skater’s next task is to continue practicing a 1080-degree turn to complete the race trick. Then, with the confidence that maybe only an 11-year-old can pass, he imagines he’s trying to make the next big step on the skateboard.
„1260. One person only did it, but he was on a mega ramp, so that would be the way to go [more] difficult for me, ‘said Khury. – Can be [possible]. You never know.”
The skateboard sport will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.