Tony Hawk, Jaws Homoki attempt skateboard tricks in zero gravity

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   May 27, 2016 at 9:09 AM

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- Pro skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki boarded a specially designed aircraft to try out skateboarding tricks in zero, martian, and lunar gravity.

The skateboarders, who teamed with Sony, 900 Films for the stunt, boarded a Zero Gravity Corporation plane -- similar to NASA's famed "vomit comet" -- that flew in parabolas to simulate gravity that would be found in places other than earth.

The first parabola caused the aircraft to simulate the gravity on Mars, about 1/3 the gravity found on earth. The skateboarders had some initial trouble getting their boards to respond property to their trick attempts, but they had more luck with a simulation of the moon's gravity, which caused them to be about 1/6 of their normal body weights.

The first attempt at zero-g resulted in some chaos, but the men were able to hold onto their boards and simulate flips and other tricks.

Hawk and Homoki attempted other tricks in subsequent zero-g parabolas, including spinning through the air, trading boards and spinning boards around their legs.

"I have no sense of where I am when we're doing it," Hawk said in the video, referring to the periods of zero gravity.

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