Tony Hawk Hels Sky Brown faces fears on the mega-ramp
Some of us are born fearless, while others are afraid of almost everything. The truth is, even those who seem fearless are afraid, but with support they are able to surpass it and achieve their goals. This is what makes the 12 year old Sky Brown skateboarder so amazing. Sky Brown is the world’s youngest professional skateboarder, and even she’s scared. Luckily, she had the help of a pro-Tony Hawk to tell her about the Mega Ramp.
May 10 ESPN shared a video on TikTok that went viral quite quickly. The video features one of the greatest skateboarders of all time, Tony Hawk, and the youngest skateboarder who’s on track to be just as big or taller, Sky Brown.
Watching each one independently and the tricks they perform on the skateboards is amazing. But we often only see the highlights, never the work behind the scenes. The number of times they fail, their fear of a high, difficult ramp that we don’t always see.
This is probably why this TikTok video went viral. The end result is a 12-year-old girl who kills a mega ramp, hurtling down the ramp faster than most of us have ever done, hovering over the bump and landing on the other side. But it’s what happened right before Sky put his second foot on the board and do his thing that makes this video so amazing.
As Sky stands at the top of the mega ramp and watches how much speed will be behind her, we can feel the anxiety through the screen. We can only see part of the distance she will fly if she does the jump, and that is enough to speed up our heart rate. It is therefore not surprising that she hesitated before taking the ramp.
Fortunately, next to her, cheering her on is Tony Hawk. He knows how difficult it is – he has done it and failed many times. Standing with Sky at the top of the ramp, he encourages her to take a deep breath and go for it.
@tonyhawk helps Sky Brown face his fear of going down the mega ramp 👏
♬ ᴠɪᴠᴀ ʟᴀ ᴠɪᴅᴀ – Kay
When Sky inflates, thanks to the support she has around her, she throws her second foot on top of the skateboard and goes for it. And while she’s better than a lot of people ever will be at skateboarding at a young age, the important part of the video is that she shows how much getting better depends on willingness to fail, to get hurt. and get up. And that’s exactly what she does with Tony’s help.