Tom Schaar: Youngster Must Attempt 1260 on Skateboarding's Biggest Stage

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2012

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Tom Schaar landed skateboarding's first 1080 on March 26, 2012, and that's not even the best part. Schaar is 12 years old.

The 2012 Summer X Games kick off Thursday, June 28 in Los Angeles. Schaar is competing in the Skateboard Big Air event and everyone is eagerly anticipating his first run. Now that he's landed one trick that no one's ever done, people wonder if he may have another one left up his sleeve.

Even if it isn't physically possible, Schaar must attempt the world's first 1260. The stage isn't going to get bigger and he isn't going to get younger. The time is now and it may be Schaar's only time to make this happen.

Not only is the stage itself huge, but Schaar's competitors are reputable. He will be going up against the likes of Jake Brown and Bob Burnquist. Both of their reputations precede them. This should motivate Schaar to take an all-or-nothing approach.

Let me reiterate this. He's 12 years old. Who's going to roll their eyes if he doesn't land the 1260? No one expects him to actually win the event. They just want to see this year's youngest competitor pull off the event's most insane maneuver.

He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

After landing his 1080 at Woodward West action sports camp, Schaar told that it would be "really exciting" to receive an invite to this year's Big Air competition. Now that he got the invite, what is he going to do about it?

He could skate a normal routine as this year's exciting young star, but Mitchie Brusco is 14. That's not a big difference and certainly not big enough to really set Schaar apart.

He could try to climb the leaderboard, but realistically he probably doesn't stand a chance of earning a spot on the medal podium.

Instead, he needs to go for it all. His 1080 has already set him apart, but a 1260 would cause his world to explode. Even attempting the awe-inspiring trick will earn him respect among his seasoned peers.

Schaar has already managed to do the amazing, but now he needs to take things a step further. Skateboarding is always going to be around, but he's only going to get one shot to be the sporting world's best 12-year-old athlete.

It comes down to how he wants to remember his first X Games experience. Doing a traditional routine would be exciting, but attempting a trick the world's never seen would be transcendent.

I'm hoping, and you should too, that Schaar opts for the latter.