Skateboarding Kid Astonishes With Crazy Stunt (VIDEO)

evan dohertyDude. The non-mom part of me looks at what 8-year-old skateboarder Evan Doherty can do and says, Sick! The mother to an almost 6-year-old boy whose recent obsession has been watching skateboarders on YouTube, however, watches that little kid spinning through the air at top speed and thinks, Be careful! You're gonna get hurt! Slow down! Better yet, go inside and read a nice book.

There's no denying that Evan, who hails from Missouri, is phenomenally talented. He's the youngest kid ever to pull off a 720 (when a skateboarder makes two full rotations in the air on a vertical ramp), a feat most people three times Evan's age often fail to achieve. The pile of medals and first place ribbons he's won outnumber the amount of years he's been alive. Even legends like Tony Hawk and Sean Malto are fans.

So what's a parent to do when a child shows an incredible aptitude for one of the most dangerous sports out there?

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Build him a $35,000 ramp in the backyard to practice on, of course.

That's what Evan's parents did.

So, I bet I know what you're thinking: Oh my god, how could any parent spend all that money on something so incredibly unsafe, the kid's only 8, yadda yadda yadda. Which is understandable. But take a different perspective and building a $35,000 ramp so your seriously gifted child can spend all his time doing the thing he loves starts to look like the best parenting decision ever.

Think about it: Kids who are passionate about something, whether it's music or math or rugby or whatever else, are way less likely to waste their adolescent years goofing off and getting into trouble. I've always thought that boredom is the biggest risk factor when it comes to kids falling into stupid, self-destructive behavior.

And as for the money spent on the ramp? If Evan stays on the fast-track to skateboarding idol status, between endorsements and cash prizes and the like, his parents aren't going to have to shell out a dime for college. Talk about making an investment, literally, in your child's future.

Would you support your kid if he wanted to be a skateboarder?

 

Image via YouTube

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