– Hello, I’m Gav.
– I’m Dan. Welcome to
“The Super Slow Show.” – We’ve got a lot on this set.
– We do. You know what we don’t have? – What?
– A phat skate ramp. – Very true.
– Let’s go. All right. Dan, as someone who’s always
been terrible at skating, I’ve always been blown away by the split-second
tech and finesse – of pulling off a trick.
– Yeah, absolutely. I used to
actually skateboard. Best trick I ever did
was a varial kick flip. I think I did it once,
maybe twice. My best trick
was an attempted kick flip into a testicle smash. Oh, yeah.
I was good at that one. I was really good
at that one. – Quite frequently.
– Yeah, absolutely. Today, in order to
help us fulfill our goal of filming a pro skater
in super slow motion, we’re joined by Tony Hawk. That’s a weird thing
to say, isn’t it? I can’t believe it. – Hey.
– Hey. It’s Tony Hawk. Personally,
the main reason why I started skateboarding
when I was a kid. It’s also the main reason
why I ended up
with loads of bruises and cuts and scrapes and, uh, sort of testicle smashes
and things. Oh, I was gonna say,
the bruises make you look cool,
but I don’t know about– I don’t wanna be responsible
for the other things. So you’re welcome
and I’m sorry. And for me,
you’re the main reason I stayed up till 2:00 a.m.
playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater. – Oh, thank you very much.
– So, appreciate that as well. You didn’t got bruised
doing that, though. Uh, no, not as many bruises,
but just crap homework. Yeah. So if you were
going to do a trick that lends itself well
to slow motion, what do you think
it would be? Well, I think
it should be something where the board flips
in the air. And I have an idea
of this one trick. I learned it
a long time ago. But it’s basically
a heel flip, and then I do a body varial, which means that my board
stays in the same space, and my body turns 180, and then I catch it
and come back in. Um, these days you’d call it a heelflip sex-change
melon grab. So hopefully today,
using our 4K cameras, we’ll get it at
a thousand frames a second, and then we can all watch it
back together. I hope I can
make one for you. I’ve only done
a few in my life. All right, well,
good luck, and we’ll get
out of your way then. – All right.
– Yeah, absolutely. Here he goes. So close. I could feel it
come into my hand – and then bounce away.
– That was really close. I wonder if he gets
really annoyed. I feel like
it’s more annoying ’cause you got to
walk all the way around
and come up the steps. – Yeah, yeah.
– Ahh, all those steps again. – So close.
– In the hand the whole way. He’s gotta go up the ramp
at really high speed, turn around,
catch the board
in the right position, put it back
where it needs to be,
and then land it. That’s like…
( scoffs ) If someone was telling me
what to do and I was writing it down,
I’d be like, – “You want what now?”
– Yeah. Yeah. – Wait, wait.
– Next one. Aah! – Oh!
– So close. I got it, though. – I got it.
– Gav: He’s got this. I’ve never believed
in someone more than I believe
in Tony Hawk – in this this moment.
– Brilliant, yeah. – Yeah!
– I did it. – Well done.
– That was class. – That was mint.
– Thanks, you guys. – Thank you.
– Nice one. – Class.
– I don’t get that one
very often, so, yeah. – You happy with that, yeah?
– Yeah, I’m glad to do it
for you guys. First time I ever did
that trick was 1990, and I’ve done it only,
like, a dozen or so
times since then. – I feel special.
– I feel really honored that you did that
in front of our Phantoms. So why don’t we go
and take a look at that in slow motion,
see what it looks like like? That sounds good. Dan: Do you know how fast
you’re going at this point? I’m not sure.
I think we timed it once at somewhere between
15 and 20 maybe? The hardest part there
is that I can’t really see it
when I catch it. Gav: Hmm. You’re so high up
in the air as well there, even from the–
from the ramp. You’ve got–
you’ve got not much time to get the board back
into the correct place. This is fascinating
where it hits on here. You’re just looking
at the coping
the whole time. – Like, aiming.
– Yeah, yeah. Well, that’s the spot. That’s– That’s where
it’s all gonna happen. Yeah. What would you say the ratio
of failures to successes is? Because you’re
going for big… – Yeah.
– …stunts there. I’ve spent hundreds
of tries just to get one. Wow. Dan:
The wind is, like, even
going in your shirt. – You were going that fast.
– That’s great. Tony:
That trick right there,
I do a 180, and the board, it’s flipping
straight up and down. Dan:
That’s the body varial part. Tony:
That’s the body varial
part, yeah. – Gav: That’s a great shot.
– Dan: That’s wicked. Tony:
Yeah, that’s pretty cool. Yeah! Well, thank you so much
for putting your body
through that for us. We’ve got you a–
a lab coat. Oh, really! Not the most practical
skateboarding gear. – Oh, cool.
– I assume they’re very
easy skate with on. I don’t have to do
that trick in this, do I? No, you can just
reserve that for just scientific
experiments at home. – Thank you very much.
– That was the next part
of the video. ( whispering ) My kids are going to
be so jealous. They’re already jealous
that I’m here with you guys ’cause they’re in school, but now that I’ve got
an official jacket… Literally everyone I know is going to be more jealous
that I’m here with you. Come on! Thank you very much
for watching that video, and big thanks to Tony Hawk
for joining us. Feel free to subscribe
to The Slow Mo Guys, and we’ll see you
in the next episode of “The Super Slow Show.” That was a damn fun day. – Hello. Gav here.
– I’m Dan. Click here to watch Dan get
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