Watch Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Nail Another World First With This Horizontal Loop
First the 900, now the Birdman has landed this insane level loop
But, this new loop is different because it's lying horizontally on its side, meaning that a slip could, and indeed did, see Hawk not just hit the ramp, but also then crash hard down to the floor.
Getting the loop nailed appears pretty punishing on the Birdman. Having never been done before, there was no right way of hitting the loop. Nobody to study. Nobody to learn from. Hawk was breaking painful new ground.
But Tony Hawk isn't a man to walk away from a challenge. After all, it took the best part of a decade to finally stomp the legendary 900, but the Birdman persisted and, back at the 1999 X Games... well, the rest is history.
At 47, he could sit back and admire the fact that he was the first man on the planet to land a 900 on a skateboard, the face of the third best selling video games franchise in the world, and a 14 time X Games medalist (of which, nine are gold), but Tony Hawk continues to push himself, and push skateboarding.