Mitchie Brusco is unbelievable. He may not be Shaun White focused on land -- yet -- but he may not be far from it, either.
Sure, Prep Rally knows that White is a talented skateboarder as much as he’s a snowboarding phenom. Still, he’s never pulled off what the 16-year-old Brusco accomplished while skating in the X Games in Barcelona; he landed a 1080 during the MegaRamp event (i.e., skateboarding's Big Air), becoming the first skateboarder to ever land the trick in an X Games competition.
That means that neither White, Bob Burnside, Bucky Lasek, Paul Rodriguez Jr. or anyone else has successfully achieved what a 16-year-old from Kirkland, Washington has already done.
To see Brusco fly above the ramp is to watch greatness emerging far faster than anticipated. Action sports have always been a realm where great young talent can rise through the ranks at a pace that stuns. With no minor league circuit or anything similar, when a skater is ready, he or she just gets the push up to the X Games.
That’s precisely what’s happened with Brusco, who has responded with an abundance of confidence. The high schooler earned his two medals at the Barcelona X Games, including a silver for his run that included a 1080.
Given his age and his rapid improvement, it seems likely that those medals are just the first of many to come.
Hear that Flying Tomato? You may have company on the summer circuit and the action sports marketing front. Brusco looks like he’s here to stay.