Monster Energy congratulates Tom Schaar on taking second place in the America’s Navy Skateboard Big Air event today at X Games Minneapolis 2017. In front of a high-energy crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, the 17-year-old from Cardiff, California, took the podium in a heated battle between the world’s best Big Air skateboarders to claim his sixth X Games Skateboard Big Air medal.
Today’s event really put the “big” in Big Air. For the first time in years, the Big Air competition was held indoors to eliminate factors such as rain and wind that had proven challenging at past X Games. In 2016, the Skateboard and BMX Big Air events were cancelled due to harsh weather. The move indoors directly resulted in a new X Games record for highest air as well as one of the most competitive finals in history.
Stepping into tonight’s finals session with confidence, Tom Schaar secured an early lead by landing a flawless backside 720 tailgrab over the large gap into a 21-foot-high backside 540 on the quarter pipe for 85.33. While other competitors had yet to land their first run, Schaar turned up the difficulty on his second run by following the backside 720 tailgrab with a high-flying backside 900 aerial on the big quarter pipe for 91.66.
On his third run, Schaar attempted the combination he had spent the past weeks perfecting: A backside 720 tailgrab followed by a difficult backside stalefish 900 on the quarter pipe. Although Schaar came close to landing what could have been the night’s winning combo on his remaining three attempts, he was leapfrogged by Elliot Sloan who edged ahead with a 94.00-point score to claim the win.