Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Heating it up to 900 degrees

Posted in Skateboarding by Jacob Zinn on July 15, 2009

This past Sunday, 18 year-old Alex Perelson won the Maloof Money Cup skateboarding competition in Costa Mesa, California.

Perelson pulled the 900–2½ midair rotations in the halfpipe–and landed it on his first try. That trick earned him a gold medal and $75,000.

He is the fourth person ever to join the 900 club since the first 9 was landed on a skateboard by Tony Hawk a decade ago.

History

• Tony Hawk landed the first ever 900 on a skateboard at X Games V in 1999. Instantly, his popularity soared: Birdhouse skateboards’ stock went up, he received calls from all kinds of sponsors and he became a household name. In his video game series, Tony Hawks signature move is the 900, which he has since performed only a handful of times.
Watch: X Games V – The First 900
From Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 title sequence
Tony’s first 900 in Europe
In competition at X Games VII in 2001
Unknown 900 attempt
In competition at X Games IX in 2003

• It wasn’t until five years later that Giorgio Zattoni of Italy would land a 900, becoming the second person ever to do so. Zattoni is relatively unknown in North America; though he is pro, he has never competed in the X Games and has only a few sponsors.
Watch: Zattoni’s documented journey to land the 900

• Brazilian skater Sandro Dias pulled off the third 900 (shortly after Zattoni) at the Latin X Games in 2004.
Watch: Sandro Dias’ Latin X Games 900

It took another five years after Dias before someone else made it. Perelson belongs to a very exclusive group, but if skateboarding keeps progressing like it is currently, we may not have to wait another five years for the next 900 club member.

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