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Probably gonna be pro starting so early! I'm more into vert but it's amazing to me how many people are taking it up so young these days.https://youtu.be/-9s4J3lsgLA
For context about the difficulty of that trick, no one has been able to land a 900 in the history of vert skating until Tony Hawk in 1999. Now a 10-year old can do it!
@Obtuse I saw a Tony Hawk old video once. He was in a competition and couldn't quite land it (whatever'it' was.) But after the competition was over, he kept going, the crowd was really into it, rooting for him, and he did it. It sounded so satisfying for everyone.Seen that one? I must have been watching some documentary on performance or effort or something.
Yes. That's the 900 most likely -- X-Games '99. He was the first person in history to land it. The second was Zattoni about half a decade later. Very few people in the world can do it. It took me 3 years of daily training and lots of hard slams just to land a 540. Makes me feel like a beginner now when I see 10-year old do 900s. :-D
@Obtuse I just asked the hubbie (ex skateboarder) why 'vert', pronouncing it a la francaise, as green. Eventually he figured out the correct pronunciation. "Ah ha, you're all fancy, going French." That was funny.I don't know but I distinctly remember that this particular competition was over, and he accomplished it after. Somebody else won for another trick, but he was the crowd favourite I guess.
"Vert" is just short basically for "vertical". When a ramp (halfpipe) gets steep enough in its curved transition, it ends up having a few feet that are straight vertical:That changes the feeling completely because when you hang the board off the edge to drop into the ramp, you can't actually see the wall immediately in front of you (you'd have to lean far over to see it). It's kind of a leap of faith to drop into it. But most importantly, the vertical aspects of the transition really change the whole feeling of it. You can fly right off the coping (metal bar at the top of the ramp) and just shoot straight into the air with enough speed without much effort to ollie (pop the tail of the board) off the coping. It gives this sense of weightlessness that I love.As for Tony Hawk's 900, this is a clip of it. The difficulty of the trick -- just speaking very crudely in terms of how small a percentage of the people in the world who try it can successfully execute it -- might be compared to the quad lutz in figure skating:https://youtu.be/4YYTNkAdDD8
When the ramp is short in height (less than 9 feet or so, 12 feet is standard vert ramp height), the curved transition doesn't actually have any vertical aspect to it. And then any airs did tend to feel more like "jumping" than "flying", crudely speaking. Once it is sufficiently high enough to have a vertical wall towards the taught, that's when the speed alone does most of the work to just blast you off into the sky.
[...] And then any airs [performed] tend to feel more like "jumping" than "flying" [...]