I’ve written about skateboarding here in my blog before, despite the fact that I’m pretty terrible at it. My first (and likely last) visit to the Peterborough Skate Park resulted in me hobbling away, injured. That left me with a lot of respect for people who can do it really well, like Richie Jackson, and this kid playing the Crazy Train solo while pulling a manual on two boards at once (or a daffy, as it’s apparently called).
I did, however, grow up playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater on my Nintendo 64…
And from that, I learned a lot of different tricks and techniques that I’m sure I’ll never actually be able to practice in real life. In fact, in order to pull off some of the better tricks in the game, I would cheat by activating Moon Gravity mode. Like the name would suggest, it reduces gravity so you can jump higher and farther and have more time to pull tricks.
It looks kinda like this (from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4):
As impossible as that would ever be to achieve on earth, Tony Hawk and fellow pro skater Aaron “Jaws” Homoki recently got the chance to go skateboarding in zero gravity aboard a vomit comet, and the results are actually kind of hilarious. Check it out:
You can see in the video there that he’s struggling pulling the tricks he had planned out in Zero G, because it’s a totally different feeling than what he’s accustomed to. What do you push off on? How do you control your movement? It’s not as easy as you might think.
I mean, you’d think tricks would get easier in moon gravity, or even zero gravity – but it looks like he might still have an easier time pulling tricks – like the first ever 900 at the X-Games – on the ground.