Offbeat Video

By Luke Kenton

This 9-year-old skateboarding prodigy seems to defy the laws of physics as he lands a trick that’s believed to be the first of its kind.

Yuzuki Kawasaki may only be 9-years-old, but he’s already being tipped to become a legend in the world skateboarding – and his gravity-defying performance at The World Freestyle Round Up, in Cloverdale, Canada, proves why. 

Travelling all the way from Kyoto, Japan, to compete in the competition, the youngster dazzled the audience with a series of seemingly impossible flips, jumps and balancing acts – even using his board as a Pogo stick at one stage. 


However, his most impressive feat came when, to close his routine, Yuzuki landed what filmmaker Brett Novak believes may be a “world’s first.”

Describing the combination as a “dream trick,” Brett was dumbfounded to see the little maestro pull-off an old-school flip, followed by a coconut flip (balancing the edge of the board), and finish with a big spin out.

The judges seemed to share Brett’s elation, as Yuzuki walked away with 1st prize with the amateur category. 


Brett, 31, a fellow skateboarder and filmmaker who captured the footage on May 20th but only recently uploaded it to social media, said: “I’ve spent the last decade travelling around the world capturing particularly unique and creative skateboarders of all ages.

“[Yuzuki] is not only insanely skilled, but incredibly innovative. 

“The last trick, for example – it’s one of those dream tricks that nobody ever expected a 9-year-old to be the one to finally first pull it off. 

“Yuzuki had us all on the edges of our seats, in a way that nobody else competing had accomplished. 

“I’m hoping to catch back up with him in Japan this year, but otherwise I’ll be seeing him back here in 2019, destroying everyone in the World Freestyle Round Up again.”