One small step for man, one giant leap for sick ollies.
Pro skater Tony Hawk has made a name for himself by pulling off the impossible on a skateboard — most famously, there was the time he pulled off the first ‘900’ aerial spin at the X Games.
But have you ever wondered what he could do in zero gravity?
Hawk and fellow skater Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki decided to find out, taking their boards and a few cameras on board a plane flying parabolas to simulate various conditions, from Martian gravity (one third of body weight) to lunar gravity (one sixth of body weight) to zero gravity.
The end result is not quite as wild as you’d think — once they hit zero G, any trick that requires them to lose contact with the board — like a kickflip — becomes impossible, because the board simply spins away from them. It’s still an interesting experiment, though. Check out the clip above!
In related news, Brisbane will soon pay tribute to Tony Hawk (and his video games) with a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Tribute Night at The Foundry (228 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley) on Saturday 18 June. Click here for more info.