Tom Schaar, 12-Year-Old Skating Prodigy, Lands First-Ever 1080

Brandon Boyer@iBrandonBoyerContributor IIIMarch 30, 2012

The holy grail of action sports has been landed

From the most unlikely of sources, the 1080, one of the most sought after tricks to be landed, has been done by 12-year-old Tom Schaar from Malibu, California. 

Around Friday at noon, there were a few tweets and rumblings coming from Red Bull and their action sports page on Facebook, as well as a few tweets being re-tweeted from the Nitro Circus family, most notably Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, wife of the ever-popular Travis Pastrana. 

This is not only a massive step forward for the world of skateboarding, but this is bound to be a huge popularity booster for the young skateboarder. Expect those in charge of the summer X-Games to get this kid and bring him in for this summer's event.

It does make you wonder what skateboarding and action sports phenoms, Shaun White and Tony Hawk, think of a feat as massive as this. 

Shaun White has been working on the trick for years now for the X-Games Best Trick competition and has yet to land it in competition. He has no problem performing it in his first sport, snowboarding, but it will be interesting to see what he has in store, and what he has to say about a 12-year-old beating him to the punch of one of skateboarding's most sought after tricks. 

Then you have Tony Hawk, the name and face of skateboarding. The first ever man to land a 900 in competition. He has been advocating the sports young stars ever since he has taken a step back from skating in competition himself, White included in that group. It will be interesting to see what comes from the living legend and his mind after such a young person has out done what he sought to achieve for so many years. 

Here is the link to history, via the people at Red Bull.