Tony Hawk, at 48, Lands His Famous 900 on 17th Anniversary of Its X Games Debut

Bryan Brandom
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Seventeen years ago from Monday, June 27, Tony Hawk landed the first ever documented 900—a skateboarding trick that requires spinning two-and-half times (or 900 degrees) in midair.

Even then Hawk was old for the sport, winning gold in the 1999 X Games Best Trick event at 31 for achieving the banner moment in a sport that's since seen a handful of 1080s.

"There are only five people who have been able to spin completely and (Danny Way is) one of them," Hawk said in 1999 before finally landing it. "Tas Pappas and Rob Boyce also have spun it, but they haven't landed it. We've all been trying it and killing ourselves."

So for the legendary trick's anniversary, Hawk, who in November pulled off the world's first horizontal loop, decided to celebrate the 900 by … subjecting himself to repeated physical beatings again, all in the name of swearing off the feat forever.

"It is 17 years to the day that I landed my first 900 at the X Games in San Francisco. A lot has happened since then in my life," Hawk said. "I mean, it's been the craziest roller coaster ride and it really was the apex of my competitive career. So … I'm going to try a 900 today. Because I feel like I can. I never thought I'd be doing this at my age, when I was young. I really didn't think that was a possibility."

After finally nailing it, an exasperated Hawk put his arm around his son Spencer and the two walked away.

“Spencer was there on my first one,” he said, “now he was there on my last.”

 

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