Bob Burnquist predicted before the recent X Games that the next great skateboarding trick on the dangerous Mega Ramp would be a 900-degree rotation above its massive wall.
He tried repeatedly, during and after the event's big-air competition, to nail the landing after soaring 15 feet above the lip of the 25-foot quarterpipe. But trying to spin just right and negotiate a perfect landing just proved too difficult.
Yet in his mind's eye the skateboarder could envision sticking that landing, and last Saturday, after two dogged hours of trying some more on the Mega Ramp at his home in Vista Calif., Burnquist made good on his prediction by completing what vert-skating veteran Bucky Lasek described as "possibly the best trick to date on a skateboard."
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