REVISITING THE LEAP OF FAITH, THE MOST FAMOUS TRICK NEVER LANDED

January 17, 2023/ & / VIDEOS/ Comments: 15

The Leap of Faith is one of the most memorable moments in skateboard history.

At the time Jamie Thomas was rapidly becoming a household name, and the gap was the tallest drop that anyone had yet attempted. In terms of notoriety, the moment is on par with the 900, jumping the Great Wall of China, and Jeremy Wray’s water tower ollie.

What separates Jamie’s attempt from those other tricks, is that he never rode away from it. And to build up the lore of the spot a little more, the Leap of Faith was only attempted by one other skater, Richard King, who broke his leg on impact. Today, the spot is unskateable, making the Leap of Faith, the most famous skate spot to never have a make on it.

photo: J. Grant Brittain

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  1. David Britt

    January 18, 2023 6:42 pm

    So it’s like the greatest ‘almost’ in skating history? Imagine if we posted pics of all the times people in other sports *almost* did something great? Lol

  2. Devon

    January 19, 2023 6:07 am

    What sucks is if it was skateable jaws would do it in his sleep.

  3. Deauvon

    January 19, 2023 11:24 pm

    Jaws would easily smash the leap the of faith ! The made it impossible to skate now days.

    • Andrew

      January 19, 2023 11:37 pm

      Unfortunately Jaws has severe arthritis and bone spurs affecting his legs so he can’t jump like he used to. The footage of the kid ollieing the Miami leap of faith really hit him hard and homie has been down pretty bad. Sad to see superheroes lose their powers.

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