Each sport has a generation of athletes that come in and change the game completely, setting a new standard for the next in line. Surfing may have had it’s moment this past weekend when Santa Cruz surfer Zoltan Torkos nailed the sport’s first-ever successful kickflip on a surfboard.
Back in 2007, Volcom put it out there that they’d cut a check for $10k for the first person to successfully land a kickflip and continue riding. Years went by with nothing, until this video was posted over the weekend. I bet Volcom wasn’t expecting this one in their monthly budget.
Remember when nobody had even considered backflipping a dirt bike? Look at what happened to freestyle motocross after guys like Carey Hart and Travis Pastrana turned the trick into a competition standard. The backflip has become one of the most common tricks (and variations) in the professional FMX world. Will this set a new bar for the future generations? Guess we’ll have to keep checking Youtube.
This video literally blows my mind. How he got the pop for that is beyond me…
If you like stuff like this, go here and check out the video of snowboarder Mark McMorris pulling the first-ever backside triple cork 1440.