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How 11-year-old Gui Khury made skateboarding history

August 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Even before he was born, Gui Khury owned a skateboard, and even before he could walk, Khury was learning to skate.

(CNN)Even before he was born, Gui Khury owned a skateboard, and even before he could walk, Khury was learning to skate.

"I saw this mini skateboard made for kids and I went crazy so that was his first toy," Khury's father Ricardo tells CNN Sport.

Earlier this year, he became the first person to land a 1080-degree turn -- three full spins in the air -- on a vertical ramp near his home in southern Brazil.

Hawk, who is widely credited for helping to popularize skateboarding, was among the sport's famous names to congratulate Khury for adding an extra half-turn to his record.

Tony Hawk also, he said some cool things," Khury tells CNN Sport.

The advantage of youth, says Khury, is that it allows you to spin faster in the air, but the downside of a lighter frame is that you don't generate as much speed, and therefore height, off the ramp.

"I felt like I was going to make it because the last two that I failed I got very close," says Khury.

As his wheels returned to the ramp, Khury had to squat out of the landing with his board drifting slightly to the left.

Khury's father, who was filming at the side of the ramp at the time, shared his son's growing sense of anticipation with each attempt.

Khury's first skateboarding lessons took place at the Y. M. C. A. in the beach city of Encinitas, California, and from there he has made steady progress through the sport's history books.

At the age of eight he became the youngest skateboarder to complete a 900-degree turn on a vertical ramp, and last year he became the youngest athlete to compete at the X Games.

Having finished school for the summer, Khury says he is practicing two or three hours a day in Curitiba with competitions on hold amid the pandemic.

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