We all know the frustration and struggle of learning a trick that we know is doable. We also know the great satisfaction of finally landing that trick. But what’s it like to land something that’s never been done before? This summer, Brandon Scheid landed the first ever Mobe 7. An extended excerpt from Tkb’s fall 2016 issue, get inside Brandon’s head as he tells us what it’s like to learn and land something that’s never been done.
“Two years ago when I first starting learning the Mobe and Mobe 5, Alex Fox told me that I could probably do a Mobe 720. We all laughed and scoffed the remark off, pffftttt me do a Mobe 7? We all know G.I. Joes don’t rotate that fast. That little comment did however stick in my head, and I thought about the trick for a few years. This summer, some of the most progressive riding that the park scene has seen in a while has taken place in the Hood River Slider Park — so many new riders coming in and learning new tricks as well the established riders really pushed the level higher and higher. It’s not uncommon to see 900s going down daily in the Hood River park, along with a ton of other new progressive maneuvers. Every session we have been pushing for new moves so I started to tackle a Blind Pete 5, which is a very similar trick to the Mobe 7. After landing a few of the Blind Pete 5s, something that has never been done, I decided to try a Mobe 7. To everyone’s surprise I landed the first one I tried. However, inbetween that moment and the Hood Jam, I could not find that magic trick that I once stuck so effortlessly. Fast forward to the finals in the Hood Jam, Sam Light has the lead going into the last kicker and I know I need something huge to make the contest difference. I landed my safety trick, a Mobe 5, then had a few tries to get the Mobe 7 for the big upset. Coming into the kicker for my last hit, I got a slight lull and wasn’t able to put the trick down when the green flag was up. With some encouragement from Noe Font, I went right back over to the kicker for a redemption hit and stomped the best one I’ve ever done. You can see Pierre V putting up the yellow flag signifying the end of the heat, I was just off by one hit. Sometimes the best memories are made when the green flag is down, and in this case I will remember this trick for a long time to come. NBD, never been done, tricks are all the rage these days anyway!” — Brandon Scheid