Legendary pro skater Tony Hawk has taken on the first ever horizontal loop on a skateboard. Now everyone can witness Hawk make history as it was all recorded on Sony’s Action Cam and uploaded to its respective YouTube page.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Tony Hawk has remained in extreme sports and candid news when it pertains to skateboarding in some way. For example, Hawk was called upon to try out an actual hoverboard, which was somewhat similar to the one fictitiously designed in Back to the Future: Part II. Despite his expertise, he was no “Marty McFly” riding it. It should be noted such an endeavor was probably undertaken because Hawk needed a new means of steady income after Activision decided to fold Neversoft, the company responsibe for the Tony Hawk game franchise, into Infinity Ward. However, that was last year as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is now out.
The video (which is attached above) shows Tony Hawk attempting to skate the very first horizontal loop. This would be something totally new for Hawk because any loops he is used to are usually vertical. A horizontal loop just wouldn’t compare. However, the fact that nobody even attempted to do such a trick enticed Hawk to try it out. According to Yahoo!, Hawk attempted to do such by skating over the top of the loop than skating horizontally downward, as if he were going down a drain. Apparently, the landing was the trickiest part in which he repeatedly wipes out. Fortunately at the time, there is padding to protect Hawk for each wipe out.
Once Tony Hawk sticks the trick, he removes the padding and attempts to do the move without any protection. Hawk succeeds on the first try (without padding protection) much to the delight of all in attendance. Not only that, Hawk made sure to catch everything on Sony’s Action Cams, some statically mounted at certain positions (such as above the horizontal loop) and on his skateboard itself.
After all the footage was taken, it was all edited to form a unique video that was uploaded on Sony’s Action Cam YouTube page on November 19, 2015. It is the primary featured video for sports action videos and already has almost 1.5 million views since its uploading. Almost 5,000 people have liked it.
This video was probably made to be promotional for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which recently released with mediocrity. Still, anyone who is willing to pick up a game in this series may be doing so for both nostalgia and to do insane tricks that cannot be done in real life. Tony Hawk is unique because he himself pushes the boundaries to attempt those impossible tricks nobody can do. He created moves like the Kickflip Mctwist, 540 Board Varial, and the 360 Flip to Mute. However, Hawk is best-known for being the first pro skater (or skateboarder actually) to land the 900, an Indy while making two and a half turns in the air before sticking the landing. Needless to say, Hawk paved the way for other skateboarders to innovate moves. This is definitely true for Tom Schaar who surpassed Hawk by landing The 1080 which is three turns in the air before landing.
Sony’s Action Cam YouTube page uploads more than just sports but other unique videos utilizing it. Such videos they have include animation through a “picture machine” and an Invisible Man video.
[Image via Tony Hawk’s Official Facebook Page]