The coronavirus pandemic has left many people looking for other ways to entertain themselves. For 11-year-old Gui Khury, the COVID-19 shutdown gave him extra time to make history.
The Brazilian skateboarder recently became the first person to land a 1080-degree turn on a vertical ramp.
"The isolation for the coronavirus helped because he had a life that was about school and he didn't have a lot of time to train, when he got home from school he was tired," his father, Ricardo Khury Filho, told Reuters.
"So now he is at home more, he eats better and he has more time to train and can focus more on the training so that has helped. He has an opportunity to train here, if he didn't have [the skate facilities] ... he would be stuck at home like everyone else and unable to do sport. So the isolation helped him focus."
During the lockdown, the 11-year-old embarked on a 20-minute trek to his grandmother's house. In his grandmother's back garden, there was a vertical ramp, bowl, and street course that Khury could skate on.
Khury previously held the world record for the youngest skateboard to complete a 900-degree turn, which he set at the age of eight. Of course, Tony Hawk was the first professional skateboard to achieve that feat back in 1999.
"I was like, oh my God, what did I just do?" Gui Khury added. "I was just like OK, I landed it. Now I am going to celebrate."
Khury was overjoyed by the tremendous feat and had to share it with the world. In fact, it was posted on Instagram and sent to skaters like Bob Burnquist, Neal Mims, and Hawk.
"Some posted it on their stories and some actually posted it on their Instagram," Khury added. "I was like that's so crazy, because it's like a once in a lifetime experience. It's so amazing. It's the best feeling ever."
While most skateboarders might be content with completing a 1080-degree turn, Khury is setting his sight even higher and wants to complete a 1260-degree turn on a vertical ramp.
"One person has done it only but it was on a mega ramp so it will be way [more] difficult for me," Khury said. "It could be [possible]. You never know."