Gui Khury sets Guinness World Records Title for 1080
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, confirmed that Gui Khury, from Curitiba, Brazil made history by achieving the first skateboard '1080' on a vertical ramp, or three full rotations, on a vertical structure.
School closures in Brazil during the COVID- 19 lockdowns enabled eleven-year-old Gui to dedicate more time towards mastering the trick on a ramp constructed in his grandmother's garden, in Southern Brazil.
The elusive '1080' is widely viewed as one of the most difficult moves in the sport. In the past, successful '1080s' were achieved on specially constructed structures, allowing skaters to build up extra speed before becoming airborne. Only a handful of skaters have completed this trick successfully, but never before on a vertical ramp.
Following the social distancing protocols, Raquel Assis, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, officially presented the record title to Gui during a remote certificate presentation in Brasilia, Brazil.
Upon receiving the Guinness World Records certificates in Curitiba, Brazil, Gui said: "Being a Guinness World Records title holder has always been a dream for me! If I ever get the chance to advise any other kid in the world who wants to break records or pursue their passions, I would say, if you want to do something, believe in it, and you can do it!"
Gui Khury was destined to become a skateboarder. He had a skateboard set aside for him before he was born, according to his father, Ricardo Khury. At the age of four, he started training at Y.M.C.A in Encinitas, California. The following year, five-year-old Gui was dropping in on halfpipes, vaulting above the lip of the vertical ramp at high speeds. He was "the little one that drops in on the big ramps," as mentioned by his father.
He landed his first '900' (a two and a half revolution aerial spin) at eight years old. At 10-years and 225 days old, Gui became a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holder for the youngest X Games athlete in the Skateboard Vert elimination round in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on July 31, 2019.
The young skater plans to continue attempting record titles. He already has his sights on his next goal: a '1260' on a vertical ramp, or 3.5 rotations in the air.
"It is truly impressive to see Gui's dedication and passion for skateboarding. His skills and focused mind have made him earn and accomplish historical achievements on the sport. It was a great pleasure to present the record titles certificates for him," added Raquel Assis.