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Sure, the guy knows how to have fun, but the 20-year-old skateboarding wunderkind is infatuated with being first. Don’t get us wrong—everybody wants to win. But for Tom, “first” means getting there before anyone else. First means accomplishing things even his older contemporaries marvel at.
First means making history.
A product of Malibu, California, Tom’s origin story is different than just about any other one out there. It isn’t that he didn’t work hard and put in time. It’s just that, when other athletes were still trying to find their groove or were wholly preoccupied with other, youthful pursuits, Tom was doing things even the pros couldn’t.
At age 12, Tom landed the holy grail of skateboarding tricks, the 1080, making him the first human being on our little blue orb to ever do so. He then repeated the feat in a professional competition in Tehachapi, California on March 12, 2012. To put this in perspective, Shaun White (yes, that Shaun White) attempted the 1080 on 29 occasions at the 2005 X Games, tacking on an additional 21 attempts at the 2006 games. He failed on every attempt.
Tom’s commentary on accomplishing as a pre-teen what the world’s greats couldn’t? Speaking with ESPN, he said, “It was the hardest trick I've ever done, but it was easier than I thought.” Wow. A sweetly honest answer that also doubles as a sick (if unintentional) burn? Tom, you’re the champion of the presser, too!
Now out of high school, *almost* of drinking age, and currently ranked 6th overall in the world, Tom has seen his star rise ever higher. More than that, he’s the champ of “the youngest ever.” See if you can pick up on the theme below:
What can’t Tom Schaar do? The jury’s still out, which is unsurprising considering how many years of professional competition lie ahead of him. What we do know is our bright-eyed, progressive approach here at Blenders is the perfect match with Tom—and it doesn’t hurt one bit that we’re both products of San Diego County.
Blenders x Tom Schaar is a match made for greatness, and we couldn’t be more stoked to grow together. //
The shades rocked by Tom Schaar
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