Schaar recovering after fall on Hawk's 'loop'
Tom Schaar, the 14-year-old X Games Skateboard Big Air medalist, is recovering after severely injured his right shoulder on Sunday after flying out near the top of Tony Hawk's "loop" ramp during a private session.
Schaar was transferred to Children's Hospital on Sunday night for surgery to a shattered shoulder, according to Regan Schaar, Tom's mother.
"The day went well, except for a couple of unexpected mishaps," Hawk told XGames.com. "I really feel Tom's crash was a fluke because he was starting to get it, really starting to figure it out. I'd love for Tom to try it again because I know he had it."
Tony Hawk built the loop ramp – think of those old Hot Wheels tracks you used to send your toy cars ripping through – in 1995 and completed a full loop on his skateboard for his 1998 Birdhouse video "The End," following several not-so-successful attempts, and later brought it to the Boom Boom Huck Jam, where it became a fixture in the third year of his arena tour. He has since given other skaters a go at it on several occasions over the last two decades.
Last weekend Josh Stafford and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki joined the small club of people who can say they've made it all the way around, while Schaar and several others were injured in the attempt.
"Jaws has always wanted to do it, so last time I saw him I told him to pick a date and we'll set it up," Hawk said. "He started coming over into the pads faster than anybody I've ever seen. He probably pulled it within 30 or 40 minutes."
Hawk has mostly kept the loop in storage ever since breaking his pelvis while skating a similar loop feature at Bob Burnquist's house -- while wearing a monkey suit, of all things -- in a crash that was featured on MTV's "Wildboyz" series.
Others injured in this weekend's attempts included Hawk's old Bones Brigade teammates Steve Caballero and Mike McGill, who, like Schaar, were practicing with safety mats to work up to the full try. Caballero sprained his back and ribs falling into the mats before he called it quits, while McGill sustained a whiplash injury to his neck on his second attempt. Alex Perelson came close to making it around with the mats still in place but injured his knee and called it a day, according to sources who were present.
In the annals of skateboarding history, the loop ramp actually predates Tony Hawk's first successful attempt by several decades: Duane Peters first made it around in a 14-foot pipe in the 1970s, when he was just 16 years old, then repeated the trick for ABC's "That's Incredible." Peters was on hand to witness this weekend's action.
"When I saw Duane stroll up to watch I got hyped," Caballero wrote, in a Facebook post on Sunday night. "I wanted to make it for him so bad, then dedicate my run to him for inspiring all of us and letting everyone know that this is possible if we play our cards correctly. Thanks DP for paving the way. You're gnarly, bro."