Last night at the summer X Games in Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil, skateboard big air went mental. First off, Bob Burnquist stomped what ESPN are calling the first ever frontside rodeo 720 (ok, so it’s definitely more a corked frontside 720 and a less an actual rodeo 7, but it’s still ridiculous):
And secondly, Jake Brown landed a mind boggling no-grab backside 720. Think backside 720s are hard on a snowboard? Try them without your feet strapped to the board and without grabbing…
Ok so it’s definitely still skateboarding but we’ll be damned if these tricks don’t at least draw some influence from the tricks snowboarders have been stomping on kickers for decades.
Skateboarding has played a huge part in sculpting snowboarding as we know it today – from trick names and the rise of jibbing to picking lines (and even what to wear that day) on the mountain – but with skateboard big air being a relatively new discipline, are our four wheeled brethren finally turning to us for new trick ideas? Judging on these new ones, we have to answer with a resounding yes.
How long is it before skateboarders are doing 1080s and double corks? Oh wait… they already have.
For more thoughts on this topic (and a video of a guy doing drops on a skateboard that would truly challenge your knees even on snow) check out the piece we put together last June for ‘Go Skateboarding Day’.