13-year-old Tom Schaar is a phenomenon. In 2011, at the age of 11, he became the eighth skateboarder in history, and the youngest ever, to land a 900. Then, the following year, he earned a spot in the Guinness Book of Records by landing the first ever 1080 - previously considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of skateboarding tricks - while skating the MegaRamp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California.
He landed the 1080 again in competition at X Games Asia in May 2012, and, in the process, he became the youngest person ever to win gold at an X Games event. Later in the year, in his debut appearance at X Games LA, he competed against many of his skateboarding idols and notched up two top ten finishes. He also held his own at the 8th annual Pro-Tec Pool Party.
Born on 14th September 1999 in Malibu, California, the origins of the landmark 1080 go back to 2006, when six-year-old Tom watched from the stands as Shaun White unsuccessfully attempted the 1080 on 21 occasions at that year’s X Games. Accompanying him that day was his mum, who remains the most important person in his life.
So the big question now on everybody’s lips is what Tom’s next claim-to-fame novelty trick will be. “In terms of tricks, we’ll see,” he says, “but I want to make it to some of these bigger contests, as well as compete in all four X Games. I want to keep doing better, so I can prove I deserve to be there.”
- Age: 14
- Height: 1.52m
- Nationality: USA