Young skater, 11, bests Tony Hawk with world-first trick

Gui Khury, 11, became the first skateboarder ever to land a 1080 spin on a vert ramp. Picture: Instagram/gui_khury

Athletes have a lot of extra time on their hands right now and for some in individual pursuits it means extra time to perfect the craft.

While sports are on hiatus during the COVID-19 crisis, Brazilian skateboarder Gui Khury did something even the legendary Tony Hawk couldn’t accomplish.

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He threw down the first 1080 on a vert ramp, according to the X Games. 

And he’s only 11.

Khury soared into the air and completed three full rotations (1080 degrees) before cleanly landing the trick then dropping to his knees, tossing his helmet in the air and falling onto his back in celebration.

"1080!!!! have no words to explain what just happened," Khury posted on Facebook.

It’s been 21 years since Hawk landed the 900 (two and a half revolutions) for the first time at the 1999 X Games, which vaulted the star into the mainstream.

Khury was born 9 1/2 years after that milestone moment in the sport.

Hawk himself shared Khury’s accomplishment on his own Instagram story, noting “But vert isn’t in the Olympics.”

Skateboarding’s debut was set for this summer in Tokyo, but will wait until 2021 since the COVID-19 crisis forced the International Olympic Committee to postpone. 

It will offer two disciplines, park and street, but not vert.

The discipline is an X Games staple and what lifted Shaun White, the Olympic snowboarder, to prominence.

He attempted to compete in the Summer Olympics but has ended that quest.

Khury’s 1080 is the latest milestone following a fellow young athlete’s. Tom Schaar laid down skateboarding’s first-ever 1080 in 2012 at the age of 12.

He completed it at the MegaRamp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California. A mega ramp allows is larger and allows for more speed to get the full rotation.