By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
The 1080 is a trick performed on a vert ramp which involves making three full revolutions (1080 degrees rotation in the vertical plane) while getting airtime on the board. It involves an incredible amount of speed, difficulty, skill and coordination, the trick had already been completed previously by Tom Scharr back in 2012, however, this is the first time that it has been done on a regular vert ramp, Scharr completed the trick on March 26, 2012 on a MegaRamp, Khury is the first skater to land a 1080 using only a vert ramp (no mega ramp, or lead in).
The reason why this is a huge accomplishment is the fact that the Mega Ramp gives skateboarders a higher speed and elevation in which to assist in completing all three turns, there is basically more chances for you to do it on this ramp type and almost nobody has attempted to do the trick on the kind of ramp that Gui made history on. Red Bull refers to the 1080 as “the holy grail” of skateboarding tricks and not more than a dozen skateboarders all over the world have successfully completed the stunt in over 2 decades!
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This kid is a natural, and it shows by the way the trick was cleanly performed on the video that was taken on a mobile device by his parents and uploaded to social media shortly thereafter, “I sent it to all my favorite skaters, like Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist and Neal Mims,” Khury said in an interview.
The news of the achievement spread like wildfire. People started to post it on their stories and some posted it on their personal accounts. Gui said that he could hardly believe that this was happening to him, he referred to the whole situation as “the best feeling ever.”
Practice Makes Master
During Coronavirus lockdown schools closed in Brazil and all over the world, which has been a difficult situation for kids all over the world, but Khury did not allow this situation to slow him down in the practice of his favorite discipline, his father mentioned to news media that the little dude did not have much time to practice due to his school duties and that he always came home tired, but during the lockdown, he got a chance to focus more and have more energy to be able to achieve the 1080.
Amazing Learning Skills
After lockdown started, Khury was able to spend more time at home, rest better and remain focused on the practice he was able to get on the course his family had built in his grandmother's backyard consisting of a vertical ramp, bowl and street obstacles.
He was only eight when he landed his first 900 achievement which took a really long time for Tony Hawk himself to achieve, (Tony landed a 900 at the 1999 X-Games after ten failed attempts, the audience was pumped and even if it was past regulation time, both the organizers and the crowd kept on giving Hawk chances until he was able to make history in that year’s event).
This was not so much the case for the kid who landed the trick in front of a much smaller crowd and making history by a video posted on social media.
"I landed my first 540, my first 720 and my first 900 and now I can conclude the 1080 -- being the youngest for all of them and now being the first one to land [a 1080] on a vert ramp." Said Khury in a video interview with CNN.
Now we are able to see how a whole new generation of kids are moving at a pace that we could never have imagined back in the ’80s and ’90s. Of course there are a lot of things that have changed in people’s perception on the sport, parents like Khury’s are now everywhere, supporting their kids’ dreams and helping them achieve them, something that was not happening that much 20 years ago when it was almost a shame to have a kid that wanted to practice skateboarding, safe to say those days are over, and we are yet to see what all of this generations kids are going to bring to the discipline in the future!
This dude has been rocking the charts for a little over 3 years now since his 5th place at the “GFL Series at Huntington Beach Bowl 9 and Under” from 2017, let's take a look at some of his career highlights:
1st place HWJS at Woodward, Pennsylvania - Skateboarding Park Advanced (BIG AIR) 2019
1st place HWJS at Woodward, Pennsylvania - Skateboarding Park Advanced (PARK) 2019
1st place Vert Attack Junior Finals 2019
1st placeBowlzilla Gold Coast 16 and Under 2019
The Future For Gui
Looks bright ahead for this dude, some people are actually referring to him as “Tony Hawk's successor” which does not seem so bad as this kid is one of his biggest fans. Khury is planning on increasing his practice up even more than before to be able to achieve some sort of perfection out of the 1080, his dream is to be able to take part in the Olympic Games at some point in the future, to represent his country and bring home a win! He strongly believes that the 1080 with much practice and perseverance could help him to win many contests or at least be able to get to the finals.
This dude is aiming for the stars, when asked what his next step will be he mentions raising the bar even higher by completing a 1260, this is something that most skaters would never dream of doing, but let's face it, if this kid was able to do it on a regular vert ramp, who knows what a few years of hard training and a Mega Ramp could do for his abilities!
"1260. One person has done it only but it was on a mega ramp so it will be way [more] difficult for me, It could be [possible]. You never know."
There you have it my dudes and dudettes, we are really looking forward to seeing what this dude is going to do in the future, is this another skateboarding world star in the making? We will have to wait and see, but be sure that SHIT® will be there when it goes down!