Skateboarder Gui Khury lands first-ever 1080 on a vert ramp

May 9, 2020 | Skateboarding
Gui Khury: the Brazilian skateboarder landed a 1080 aged 11 | Photo: Khury Instagram

Gui Khury has become the first-ever skateboarder to land a 1080 on a vert ramp.

The 11-year-old Brazilian completed three full aerial spins and broke the record set by Tony Hawk in 1999.

Back then, the American skateboard legend pulled off the world's first 900 at the X Games. He was 31.

"It was the biggest moment of his competitive career. I tried it so many times, I started to feel this could be the ultimate disappointment if I just can't do it," Hawk later explained.

"It was worth the effort. I knew it was possible, but I couldn't figure out that last element."

"I realized I was falling forward each time. The key I was missing was that I needed to shift my weight mid-spin to my back foot. I chased the 900 for so long for the sake of progression."

"I focused on something I had to do: 'I'll either get hurt and taken to the hospital trying it, or I'm going to make it.'"

"It was my time to finally do it or be carted off and try it another day."

"There has been a general push for that trick to be done, and once someone does it, there's sort of collective rejoicing."

Tony Hawk: he landed the world's first 900 at the 1999 X Games | Still: ESPN

Born a Skateboarder

Guilherme Khury managed to land the same trick, aged 8. But the truth is that the Brazilian was born a skater.

His father, Ricardo Khury Filho, is a lawyer who surfs and skates. When the twins were born - Gui has a sister - their parents gave the maternity hospital a chocolate skateboard.

Gui's first toy was obviously a skateboard.

The Khury family moved to Carlsbad, Southern California, in 2011 when Gui was two years old.

Living in the cradle of the skateboarding world in the United States, it was easy for the boy to be enchanted by his father's passion.

He started taking classes at a school in the neighborhood, and at the age of five, Gui was already dropping a four-meter high half pipe.

Bob Burnquist is Khury's main reference from an early age. When it was baby bottle time, Gui asked to watch the idol's videos.

At the age of four, he started visiting Bob's backyard, where the mega ramp is located. Five years later, Gui was already riding down Burnquist's 60-foot abyss.

In 2015, the young prodigy's parents returned to Brazil.

And Ricardo decided to build a vert ramp on Gui's grandmother's ground in Curitiba, where the family lives.

In July 2017, Guilherme suffered a severe accident in California.

He was jumping on the bed near the window, fell from the second floor, hit his head on a gas meter, and was taken by helicopter to the hospital.

Khury ended up fracturing his skull, underwent surgery, and was unable to skate for a month and a half.

Gui Khury: getting ready to ride down the mega ramp | Photo: Khury Archive

A Historic 1080

Last year, at ten years and seven months, Gui became the youngest athlete to throw down that same 900 in the X Games.

Now, he raised skateboarding's air spin bar and added another digit to the achievement. The 1080 is a critical milestone in the development of the sport.

The young gun completed the move in an indoor skateboard training facility built at his home in Curitiba, Brazil, by Green Box.

"1080! I have no words to explain what just happened," expressed Gui Khury.

The talented Brazilian was raised in the United States and will undoubtedly eye an unprecedented 1440 air in the coming years.

Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020 if the Summer Games are confirmed and not canceled.

However, the chosen disciplines are street and park skateboarding.

Vert skating, the style that X Games popularized in the past three and a half decades, will not take part in the event.

Guilherme Khury | The Stunts Checklist

2014: Dropped into a four-meter high half pipe
2015: Completed a 540
2016: Threw down a 720
2017: Landed a 900
2018: Rode Bob Burnquist's 60-foot mega ramp
2020: Landed the world's first 1080 on a vert ramp

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