Tony Hawk, a consummate athlete, dissected some of his most famous maneuvers in a recent video for top sports site Bleacher Report. One of the tricks—360 flip rock to fakie—looked like it was a breeze for the man, but the truth is a little gnarlier:
“I almost died hanging up. You can see my front truck and my wheels bounce off the coping because my foot wasn’t in the right place. But I was committed.”
Check out the video to learn more about how these tricks (going all the way back to the ’80s) went down.