On May 23, 10-year-old skateboarder Asher Bradshaw landed a 900 on the vert ramp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California, making him the youngest to land the trick and the 12th skateboarder to join the 900 club.
Bradshaw, who was born four years after Tony Hawk first landed the 900 at the 1999 X Games in San Francisco, said he warmed up for the trick with 720s then "made a few mute 900s onto the resi padding." Then, he said, "I started to feel more confident that I could land it on the wood, and after my first couple tries I thought, 'I'm gonna make this.' I made it on my seventh try."
Bradshaw said he's always looked up to Hawk and also to skaters like Tom Schaar, who previously held the distinction of being the youngest member of the 900 club after landing one when he was 12. Schaar went on to become the first skater ever to land a 1080 and has since won silver and bronze medals in X Games Big Air contests. That's a trajectory Bradshaw aims to follow.
Bradshaw was a YouTube sensation at age 6, and has since made friends with and been mentored by some of the biggest names in skateboarding. When Bradshaw lists his skateboarding heroes, each of them are legends who have taken time to personally mentor him: Danny Way, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Jake Brown, Colin McKay, Shaun White, Bucky Lasek, Elliot Sloan, Bob Burnquist, Neal Hendrix ...
"They've all really inspired him and given him encouragement along the way. All those guys are rad," said Asher's dad, Tom Bradshaw.
According to his dad, Bradshaw has been able to learn just about any trick he puts his mind to, especially with some of those mentors giving him the occasional tip. Nevertheless, his son caught him by surprise with the 900.
"I wasn't prepared for it," Tom said. "I was filming him with an iPad instead of a GoPro, just documenting it so I could show him later and talk about what he needed to fix to bring it around, and then there he was landing it and skating away. No one could believe it."
The response from everyone who saw it surprised Bradshaw more than sticking the landing.
"Everyone was so happy, just going crazy, and I was stoked because they were stoked," he said, with his dad in the background prompting him to reach for a better adjective than "stoked."
"It was cool. It was awesome," Bradshaw continued. "To see everybody going crazy like that, it felt ... magnificent."
So, how to follow the 900? When asked what trick he plans to tackle next, Bradshaw didn't even pause.